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Cynthia Kortman Westphal

Associate Professor of Musical Theatre
cynwest@umich.edu
734-615-3731
Office: 2463 Walgreen

Cynthia Kortman Westphal was an original company member of The Lion King on Broadway where she was associate music director, conductor, and keyboard player for seven years.  Additional Broadway credits include:  Miss Saigon (keyboards) and The Gershwins Fascinating Rhythm (music supervisor, music director, conductor.)  Regionally, she has worked at Hartford Stage Company and Arizona Theatre Company (The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm) and The Goodman Theatre in Chicago (Randy Newman's Faust.)  Ms. Westphal has toured as a pianist with opera singer Andrea Bocelli on two U.S. tours and has also worked as an orchestral pianist with Eos Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony.  She continues to be active as a keyboard player and pianist for Broadway National Tours in Detroit and has played for such shows as Wicked, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, The King and I, and Annie.  Television appearances include Good Morning America, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and Great Performances: Copland's America on PBS.  She can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning cast album of The Lion King and the Grammy nominated album Celluloid Copland with Eos Orchestra.

 

 


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