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Six by Sondheim

David Dabbon is a composer/arranger based in New York City.  He earned an Emmy nomination for composing the music to the song “Eat Shit, Bob!” which aired on HBO’s award-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

On Broadway, he composed new music and dance arrangements for the revival of Bob Fosse's Dancin' . He worked as the dance arranger for the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of Beetlejuice, the revival of Funny Girl,  and the celebrated musical comedy Disaster! He also provided additional orchestrations for the Broadway bio-musical Sondheim on Sondheim (Grammy nomination).  ​

​He has an ongoing collaboration with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, regularly providing orchestrations for her concerts and albums. His work can be heard on both Audra McDonald New York Philharmonic: Sing Happy and Audra McDonald: Go Back Home. His orchestration of the song “Somewhere/Some Other Time” was performed at the 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Other works as a composer include Game On: an interactive game show musical (premiered at Pittsburgh C.L.O), Our New Town (production at Wagner College and Northwestern University), Surface (Ballet Commission through Dallas Black Dance Theatre) The Mysteries (Marathon plays in 2014 at The Flea), All God's Creatures (feature-length film), Dori the Donor (short film).

He provided arrangements and orchestrations for the HBO documentary Six by Sondheim.


David is also a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, and a member of the Television Academy, ASCAP, and The Society of Composers and Lyricists.   He earned a master of music degree in choral conducting from Carnegie Mellon University (under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Page) and a self-defined bachelor of music degree from The Hartt School.

A note about my style of music:

Growing up as the child of first-generation Egyptian Jews, my house was a symphony of sounds: the languages spoken were French and Arabic, and the music represented those two worlds. The influence of these languages is evident in my compositions: from the rhythms of dance to the harmonic and tonal progressions, melding together to form a unique blend of musical identity.

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