William Foster McDaniel is a pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He began his career in musical theatre as pianist-conductor of Off-Broadway’s long-running THE FANTASTICKS. He then served as Assistant Musical Director of the Broadway Production and National Tour of TIMBUKTU! and Musical Director/Conductor of National Tours of BUBBLIN’ BROWN SUGAR and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. Since his original involvement with the show, Mr. McDaniel has musical directed over 50 productions of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ and has come to be regarded as its premiere interpreter.
Other conducting credits include SOPHISTICATED LADIES, HOUSE OF FLOWERS (with Patti Labelle), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, BIG RIVER, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, GUYS AND DOLLS, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, HELLO, DOLLY!, DREAMGIRLS, DAMN YANKEES!, SHOW BOAT, STORYVILLE, DINAH WAS, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, A WONDERFUL LIFE, NUNSENSE II, CALL THE CHILDREN HOME, LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL, ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE, COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY, CRAZY FOR YOU, and SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE. He was nominated for the Audelco Award for CALL THE CHILDREN HOME at Primary Stages in New York, the Helen Hayes Award for AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the Joseph Jefferson Award for COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY at Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and the Dora Award for AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ at CanStage in Toronto.
With Edward C. Sullivan, Mr. McDaniel is a co-author of ADAM, a new musical based on the life of Adam Clayton Powell. As a classical musician, Mr McDaniel appears frequently in solo recitals and chamber concerts featuring his own compositions as well as works from the standard concert repertoire. His compositions have received performances by the Philharmonia of Greensboro, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, The United States Army Band Brass Quintet and the Antara Ensemble of New York.
Mr. McDaniel holds a Bachelors of Music from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a Masters Of Music from Boston University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Paris.