Todd Schroeder is arguably one of the hardest-working and most noteworthy music directors performing in the world of show business today.
For over two decades, Schroeder, who was named BroadwayWorld’s “Musical Director of the Year" in 2013, has acted as music director for literally hundreds upon hundreds of Hollywood stars and legends of the theatre world. The list has included notable musicians and cherished stage performers, as well as more uniquely, television and film actors who aren’t normally known for their singing abilities, but have leveraged Todd’s talents to enhance that of their own. Schroeder’s ability to work within the tight constructs of the latter category has made him one of the most remarkable and coveted music directors in the world, gaining the trust and respect of entertainment icons, with an unparalleled career that spans over 20 years.
Just a sampling of the countless stars Todd has worked with has included iconic stars of stage and screen that have inspired millions across generational divides, including Dame Angela Lansbury, Sir Tom Jones, Liza Minnelli, Grace Potter, Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory), Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde: The Musical), Beau Bridges, Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Joey McIntyre (The McCarthys) and many, many more.
Since he first began professionally musical directing by the age of 18, Schroeder has proven he has a prodigious ability to masterfully and intimately connect with artists from all walks of life, allowing him the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest talents. Todd has a special knack for intricately collaborating with an artist and finding the perfect sweet spot between what they would like to say and how best to vocally present this message musically in an even more unforgettable way by finding the raw power in their own incomparable gifts. “One of the greatest rewards from this career of mine has been to work with artists whose work I have admired so much and to collaboratively share a similar passion for the art,” Schroeder says.
Schroeder has also gotten the opportunity to present his talents as music director supporting other artists on some of the most celebrated daytime and late night talk shows of the past 20 years, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Late Late Show, and Access Hollywood. He’s also appeared as part-music director, part-sidekick on a daytime talk show pilot for Buena Vista Television.
Over the years, the musical luminary has even acted as musical and vocal director for various live performance shows for internationally renowned theme parks such as Walt Disney, Universal Studios Hollywood and Japan, and Knott's Berry Farm, among others. Schroeder shares, “One of my favorite moments working in a theme park was when I was brought in to musical direct the Broadway hit show Wicked at Universal Studios Japan. It was the first time a Broadway show was going to be presented in a theme park and I got to work with the show’s creator Stephen Schwartz and help figure out how to present this amazing show in a new format. I was so honored to be apart of this ground-breaking experience.” Schroeder has now once again been asked to be part of the casting team representing Universal Studios Japan on a global 10-city audition tour reaching from Sydney, Australia to London, England, to Hollywood, searching for new talent for the theme parks’ myriad production shows. Todd has served as music director for many of the shows at Universal Studios Japan and has been part of their worldwide casting team for over 13 years seeing more than 20,000 singers, dancers and actors.
Schroeder has also performed his role as music director for a number of multi-performer philanthropic benefit events, including the Todd Schroeder Young Artist Grant Benefit Concert, which he founded over two decades ago; State Farm’s Remarkable Talent Show; the Alzheimer’s Association’s “A Night At Sardi’s” celebrity musical revue; Camp Bravo’s “Back to Bravo” Benefit Concert; the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s “Les Girls Benefit”; “The Thalians” all-star tribute benefit raising awareness for mental health, honoring the music of Motown legend Smokey Robinson, and the one-night-only “Benefit for the Philippines,” which supported the American Red Cross’ efforts to assist the people of the Philippines to recover and rebuild from the 2013 typhoon.
Throughout his fabled career beginning in his small hometown of Sonora, California, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, all the way to Los Angeles, where he lives today, Todd has had the honor of being invited to perform with distinguished acts including the Boston Pops Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and has performed at illustrious venues like Carnegie Hall and The White House.
In addition to being a world-famous music director to the stars, Todd is also a performer and composer himself, having written five original albums and a number of original musicals, as well as having producing various albums for other artists. In addition to composing his own music, Schroeder has also composed original music for a variety of popular television shows, including “Guiding Light,” and shows and TV movies on Lifetime, Showtime and Cinemax.
Todd also recently musical directed and performed in Sam Harris’ acclaimed show, HAM: A Musical Memoir, which played a three-week run at New York’s Ars Nova Theater in January. The show was directed by Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), and produced by Broadway producer Suzi Dietz. Todd has served as Music Director for Sam Harris for more than 20 years. Todd also co-created and performed in the Jason Alexander show Other People’s Stories, which premiered in Los Angeles in spring 2015. Todd has collaborated and musical directed with Jason for more than ten years.
By working across such a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines, Schroeder has further been able to cultivate his genius ability to understand the anatomy of music, allowing him to meticulously identify the intricacies of all different types of songs in order to help tailor each arrangement to its vocal presenter.
This winter, Todd will officially be joining the superstar retro-pop group Postmodern Jukebox as a music director and pianist. Created by Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox has been referred to as a YouTube sensation for capturing millions of views online, including for its cover of Lorde’s “Royals” with more than 12 million views. In keeping with the group's rotating arrangement, Todd can be seen appearing on select shows while on the group’s upcoming world tour. Todd also appears in the new Postmodern Jukebox video for the song, “My Heart Will Go On," released in early August, which has garnered more than one million views and praise from Titanic actor Kate Winslet, artist Celine Dion and actor Ashton Kutcher. Over the past two years, Postmodern Jukebox has been hurled into the musical and pop culture stratospheres, earning incredible acclaim from critics and audiences for its imaginative vintage jazz, ragtime and swing re-workings of modern pop anthems by way of a rotating collective of talented musicians and performers. Many of these rotating musicians have been viral sensations themselves, such as Puddles the Clown, and well-known names, such as American jazz musician Dave Koz, American Idol alums Blake Lewis and Casey Abrams, and Broadway superstar Shoshana Bean.
“It is so great to be a growing part of this new adventure and the opportunity really utilizes everything that I love to do,” he continues. “Musical directing for talented singers and musicians, playing the hell out of the piano and performing for sold out crowds all around the world.”
Written by Steven P. Le Vine