Music Director — Conductor — Dance Arranger
MARK HUMMEL is an award-winning musician & a native of Los Angeles, California. A graduate of Fairfax High School and the University of Southern California, Hummel moved to New York with the Broadway musical PLATINUM starring Alexis Smith. After traveling the United States for a year as music director for THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Mark returned to New York to conduct THE FIRST starring David Alan Grier (in his Broadway debut) as Jackie Robinson & BRING BACK BIRDIE where he worked with Donald O'Connor & Chita Rivera.
When 'BIRDIE' closed, Chita asked Mark to conduct her act in Las Vegas, opening for Shecky Green at The Sands Hotel. This was the beginning of a long musical relationship with one of the theater's legends. Hummel wrote his first dance music arrangement for Rivera ("I Haven't Stopped Dancin Yet") and for 26 years continued as arranger and conductor of her act (The Sporting Club, The Ballroom, The Criterion Center, Harrah's Atlantic City, Feinstein's, etc.) and other Broadway musicals (MERLIN, JERRY'S GIRLS, CHITA RIVERA; THE DANCER'S LIFE), and CAN-CAN w/ Chita and The Rockettes (U.S. tour and Japan).
Additional Broadway musicals: THE THREE MUSKETEERS, LEGS DIAMOND, the 1992 Tony award-winning revival GUYS & DOLLS, THE GOODBYE GIRL, FACE VALUE, BELLS ARE RINGING, THE BOY FROM OZ, SISTER ACT, HUGH JACKMAN; BACK ON BROADWAY, and currently the Tony award-winning Disney musical NEWSIES.
Mark also arranged production numbers for Radio City Music Hall, including Peter Allen & The Rockettes, "5-6-7-8 DANCE!" starring Sandy Duncan, and the Easter Extravaganza. For 16 years, he served as Music Director & arranger for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In addition to arranging for the show, Hummel composed 2 songs for Radio City's Christmas Across America productions and wrote 3 songs for their 75th Celebration which also was an NBC Christmas special in 2007.
His arrangements for the Rockettes and the Newsies were featured on the ABC-TV show DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Mark has played the White House twice with cabaret chanteuse Karen Akers and also composed/arranged/conducted production numbers for 2 Academy Awards and 3 Tony Award telecasts.
Hummel wrote dance music and vocal arrangements for Shirley MacLaine's concert evening entitled OUT THERE TONIGHT which toured America for over a year, and arranged music for Liza Minnelli; HBO's LIZA AT THE PALLADIUM.
Hummel has had the great pleasure of collaborating and writing Dance music with numerous, award-winning choreographers: Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Christopher Chadman, Wayne Cilento, A.C. Ciulla, Grover Dale, Graciela Daniele, Marguerite Derricks, Ron Field, Christopher Gattelli, Peter Gennaro, Linda Haberman, Alan Johnson, Joe Layton, Walter Painter, Ann Reinking, Michael Shawn, Anthony Van Laast, Lester Wilson and Dee Dee Woods.
Conducting The Tonight Show (starring Johnny Carson) & symphony orchestras for Bernadette Peters in concert, he also enjoys creating music with Malcolm Gets, Tommy Tune, Amra-Faye Wright, Donna Murphy, Rufus Wainwright, Barbara Cook, Joel Grey, Sam Harris, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marcia Lewis.
Mark arranged and conducted for Marcia Lewis for over 20 years performing on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, Carnegie Hall, Rainbow & Stars, Freddy's, TheVillage Gate, and co-produced her CD entitled MARCIA LEWIS NOWADAYS.
For over 10 years Mark had the great pleasure of working with cabaret legend Julie Wilson. They recorded 2 CD's together (Julie In Dixieland, Julie Wilson LIVE @ The Russian Tea Room).
Hummel has written arrangements for 3 Kennedy Center Honors (Jules Styne, George Burns, Julie Andrews) and CBS' 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR IRVING BERLIN (3 Emmy nominations).