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Jan 16, 2016 to Apr 17, 2016

Musical Director, Vocal Coach, Conductor in New York City

Darren R. Cohen

Hello and Welcome!

As a professional musical director and vocal coach in New York City for over 20 years, I hope you will find this site useful and interesting.

Currently have clients performing in: Les Miserables, Wicked, Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten, On Your Feet, Fun Home, An American in Paris, Lion King, The Color Purple, Beautiful, Allegiance, and Lazarus.

With credits ranging from Broadway to Summer Stock, Cabarets to Regional Theatres, Off-Broadway to National Tours, my breadth of experiences provide unique insights into many musical theatre genres.  So whether you are looking for a vocal coach or musical director, I hope to hear from you with any requests, questions and comments.   

The Coaches Corner

Posted On: Sat, Sep 29, 2012

In town for three months, two weeks off, on the road for six months, and back home for four months.  This is lifestyle that comes with the business we have chosen to be in.  How do we sustain any sense of continuity?

Posted On: Wed, Sep 05, 2012

Please prepare a contemporary song, the breakdown says.

What exactly is a contemporary song?  As a coach, this is often one of the most confusing requests asked of me.

Posted On: Mon, Sep 03, 2012

I recently had two female clients that were very different types After meeting with them both (separately), I started to choose some new material for them and then realized that I gave them both several of the same songs.

Posted On: Thu, Aug 09, 2012

Non- theatre folk and most actors are probably not aware of the stress and pressure that comes with conducting a show. Don’t get me wrong. I love conducting. I love making music.  I love being a leader. I actually thrive on being slightly nervous and fidgety.


Pirates of Penzance

Starring:  Will Swenson, Kyle Dean Massey, David Garrison, Scarlett Strallen, Jane Carr, & Philip Boykin

in Pittsfield, MA
Barrington Stage Company
Legally Blonde
in Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Music Circus
Man of La Mancha

Starring Robert Newman

in Bristol, PA
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Man of La Mancha

Featuring Jeff McCarthy, Felicia Boswell, Meg Bussert, Tom Alan Robbins & Ed Dixon.

in Pittsfield, MA
Barrington Stage Company
Murder Ballad
in Washington D.C.
Studio Theatre
Next To Normal
in Baltimore
Center Stage
Kiss Me, Kate
in Pittsfield, MA
Barrington Stage Co
Brooke Davis....I'm so Sorry
in NYC
Laurie Beechman


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