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DAVID is the story of the biblical King David, nearing the end of his life, looking back at the decisions he made, good and bad, bemoaning the fact that history may only remember him as 'the kid with the slingshot." With the prophet Nathan they recount the dramatic events that led to his rise from obscure soldier to warrior to lover to eventual king of the entire land. Told with humor and poignancy, the musical peels away at the myth to reveal the actual man. A man capable of jealousy, heroism, passion, and leadership.

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Music & Book and Lyrics

While attending Boston University, Al Tapper (Playwright) wrote his first musical at the age of 20. Since then, he has written special material for regional productions, composed seven musicals, a ballet, a rhapsody, and a capriccio. He has written two straight plays and four books, and produced three documentary films. Al’s seven musicals have also garnered success throughout the years opening in various cities on the eastern seaboard. His off-Broadway musical, "iMperfect Chemistry", for which he composed the music and created the story, opened at the Minetta Lane Theater in New York City in April of 2000. The musical revue "From Where I Stand" opened at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in March of 2004. “Sessions” a new musical opened at the Peter Sharp Theater (Playwrights Horizons) and the Algonquin Theater and ran for over 400 performances. It was translated into Spanish and played in Mexico where it won the best musical of the year in 2011. He wrote the musical “An Evening at the Carlyle” which ran at The Algonquin Theater and was reviewed as ‘best show of the Summer’... 2010 by UPI. “National Pastime,” which played at the Keegan Theater in Washington DC in 2011 and was chosen to be considered for a Helen Hayes Award. He, along with Tony Sportiello wrote a new musical in 2021 “The Paparazzi" about how tabloid newspapers, the internet and TV can cause havoc amongst celebrities in all aspects of society. It played in Guadalajara, Mexico and won best show of 2022. Al has written four books on humor that were published by Andrews McMeel and Company and MJF Publishing. The books: "A Guy Goes Into a Bar"; "A Minister, a Priest And a Rabbi"; "A Guy Goes Into a Doctor's Office, and a "A Guy Goes Into a Gym." In 2013, he wrote a novella called, "Conversations with Max" and in 2021 a short story entitled “Sittin’ On The Stoop” in 2021. In 2023 at the AMT Theater, he wrote “An Unbalanced Mind” a musical show featuring 21 songs written over the many years of his career, and his straight play "Bettingers Luggage" which takes a nostalgic look back, warts and all, at a family business in the old neighborhood of New York's Lower East Side's as the generations struggle, love and grow apart. He is currently working on a new musical “UPSIDE/down” written with Tony Sportiello scheduled to open in 2024. Al produced the documentary film entitled "Broadway: The Golden Age, By The Legends Who Were There" written and directed by Rick McKay. The film shares the stories of such legendary Broadway stars as Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury, Shirley MacLaine, Jeremy Irons, Gena Rowlands, Jerry Orbach, Martin Landau, Bea Arthur, Stephen Sondheim, and Eli Wallach and dozens of others, while illustrating their tales with amazing, rare, archival performance footage and their own home movies and photos. "Broadway" has won standing ovations and thirteen Best Film, Documentary and Audience Awards at sold-out screenings at festivals all over the country this past year. He produced Broadway Musicals...A Jewish Legacy written and directed by Michael Kantor about contributions of Jewish composers and lyricists from the beginning of Broadway and still today. The movie presents the views of Hal Prince, Mary Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick, Maury Yeston, The George and Ira Gershwin estate, Jamie Bernstein, John Kander and, and numerous other interviews. His latest film he produced opened on July 23, 2018 on PBS American Masters. Ted Williams...The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. The movie was previewed on July 17, 2018 at the Baseball All-Star Game in Washington DC. His movie “A Righteous Gentile” a documentary about Gentiles who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It will be completed in mid-2024. Both of these films were written and directed by Nick Davis. Al Tapper was born in Worcester, MA and currently resides in Boca Raton, FL and New York City. He is a member of the Dramatists' Guild of America and a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers). Further information can be found at his website:

Al Tapper, playwrite DAVID, a new musical at AMT Theater 2024
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Tony Sportiello, AMT Theater Artistic Director
Tony Sportiello
AMT Theater Artistic Director

AMT Theater is proud to present the off-Broadway premiere of David, A New Musical with music by Al Tapper and book and lyrics by Martha Rosenblatt, Gary Glickstein, and Tapper, with music direction by David Wolfson, and direction and choreography by Kyle Pleasant. David is the biblical story of King David, nearing the end of his life, looking back at the decisions he made, good and bad, bemoaning the fact that history may only remember him as “the kid with the slingshot.” The musical peels away at the myth to reveal a man capable of jealousy, heroism, passion, and leadership. Thank you for joining us, we hope you come back for more.

Christina Franklin AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Christina Franklin 
Assistant Director

CHRISTINA FRANKLIN is a theatre artist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Recent directing/associate credits include; "X- The Life and Times of Malcolm X", “The Hours”, “L’Elisir D’Amore”, “Norma”, “Hollander”, and Terence Blanchard’s Grammy Award Winning “Fire Shut Up In My Bones” (The Metropolitan Opera) “For Colored Girls” (The Public & Broadway Revival), “Pass Over”, “The Niceties” (Chester Theatre), “Once Upon A Pandemic” (Waterwell), “The Last Five Years” (OOTB), “Don’t Stay Safe” (Prospect Theatre Company), “The Wolves” (The Professional Performing Arts School), “Coal Country”, and “White Noise” (The Public Theater), Slave Play (NYTW) . She has written and directed for Royal Family Productions and TADA! Youth Theater, earning several National Youth Theatre awards and nominations. Christina is an alumna of The Professional Performing Arts School and University of The Arts where she earned a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. 5:14! All for you Ma.

James J. Fenton. AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
James J. Fenton
Scenic Design

AMT Debut! Off-Broadway/New York: Public Theater - Southern Comfort, The Musical (World Premiere, GLAAD Award – Best Musical); Playwrights Horizons – Regarding the Disappearance of Amy(World Premiere); 59E59 -Switzerland (NY Premier), Fall to Earth (NY Premiere), Small World (NYC Premiere); Third Rail Projects – Momento Mori, Midnight Madness; St. Clements Church -Drop Dead Perfect (World Premiere); Cap21 - When we Met (World Premiere); Signature Theatre (NYMF) - Academia Nuts (2014 Best Musical); Theater Row - Promising (World Premiere), Navy Pier(NY Premier), Maiden’s Prayer (NYC Premiere). Regional Credits: Westport Country Playhouse – A Sherlock Carol, Arizona Theatre Company – Pru Payne (World Premiere); Merrimack Repertory Theater- Haunted Life (World Premiere), Christmas at Pemberley (IRNE Nomination), Silent Sky (IRNE Nomination), Abigail/1702; Commonwealth Shakespeare Company -Beckett in Brief (Norton Award-Outstanding Production); Arkansas Rep/T2: Peter and the Starcatcher, Around the World in 80 Days; RMTC-The Devil’s Music; Barrington Stage: Dancing Lessons (World Premiere). Film/TV: BEFORE (Paramount/Apple+), ERIC (Netflix), FBI Most Wanted (CBS), The Brides (CBS), Hit and Run (Netflix)Wizard of Lies (HBO); Blindspot (NBC) God Friended Me (CBS), The Code (CBS), Dickinson (Apple TV) .

Willem Hinternhoff AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Willem Hinternhoff
Lighting Designer

Willem Hinternhoff (he/him) is a New York based lighting designer. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2022. Since then, he has worked with UFOMT, The Lisa Clair Group, Columbia University, The Juilliard School, and Talking Band. He has also worked on such productions as Love & Information, Erismena, the end is the future is now, esperaré, Botticelli in the Fire, The Bridge, Tuck Everlasting, & Willa’s Authentic Self. He’s very excited to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew, and hopes you enjoy the show!

Lara Hayhurst AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Lara Hayhurst 
Casting Director

Lara is thrilled to be working with the AMT family. As a freelance casting director, she has cast projects for The Rev, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, the national tour of Noel The Musical for Venuworks Theatricals, Skyline Theater, and numerous industrials for Pzazz Productions. As a casting assistant for Bob Cline; numerous regional theaters and Networks national tours. Thanks to Tony and Al for the opportunity!

Kyle Pleasant AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Kyle Pleasant
Director & Choreographer

Pleasant's directorial and choreographic work includes Chicago, Cabaret, Hair and the upcoming Hedwig and The Angry Inch at Peregrine Theatre, Spring Awakening at The Roxy, the world premier of Regarding the Disappearance of Amy at Playwrights Horizons, Pippin at Marymount Manhattan College and most recently productions of Caroline or Change, Ragtime, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity and Titanic. Pleasant has set work for The Young People's Chorus of New York, The Boston Conservatory, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Career Transitions for Dancers, and the Only Make Believe Organization. His work has been seen at New York City Center, MoMA, and The Vineyard Arts Project, the OWN Network, ABC’s The View and at The White House for First Lady Michelle Obama. He is a Broadway World Boston and National Youth Theater Award Winner for Direction and Choreography. Most recently, Kyle was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the Excellence in Theater Education Tony Award. Kyle is the resident choreographer at Rosie’s Theater Kids, Rosie O’Donnell’s school for the arts. He is on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, The Professional Performing Arts School and previously the Assistant Program Director to Chet Walker at the Jacob's Pillow Jazz.

Emily Kluger AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Emily Kluger 
Production Stage Manager

Emily is so excited to be back with the team at AMT! Previous AMT credits include, “On the Right Track”, “Our Man In Santiago” and “Upside Down”. Other New York credits include “Chasing Andy Warhol” (Bated Breath Theatre Co.) and “Pieces of People: a Two Sided Eulogy” (to premiere this summer at the New York Theatre Festival). Much gratitude to the AMT family and especially to the cast and crew of DAVID!

Ashley Soliman  AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Ashley Soliman
Costume Designer & Visual Artist

Ashley Soliman is a costume designer and visual artist based in NYC, selected as one of Broadway Women’s Fund 2023 “Women to Watch on Broadway". Her creative practices are rooted in the language of color, the physical manifestation of inner worlds, and a mindset of collaboration and connection. Upcoming: I AM (Camille A. Brown & Dancers), Tornado Tastes Like Aluminum Sting (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Zozobra (The Lensic), La tragédie de Carmen (New Camerata Opera), The Trojans (Loading Dock Theatre.) Selected credits: The Cunning Little Vixen (The Curtis Institute), Angel Island (BAM & Beth Morrison Projects), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Manhattan School of Music), REDEEMED & Your Name Means Dream (CATF), Double Helix (Bay Street Theater), The Rake’s Progress (Juilliard), La Traviata (Fort Worth Opera), Do You Love The Dark? (The Alliance), Sweet Potato Kicks The Sun (Santa Fe Opera). As ACD: Coal Country (The Public, des. Jessica Jahn). BFA Fine Arts & Printmaking, SVA. Proud member of Local 829.

Elisbeth Weidner AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Elisabeth Weidner
Sound Designer

Select theatre credits: Broadway: FUNNY GIRL (Associate Sound Designer) Off-Broadway: 44 Lights (Sound Designer) AMERICAN ROT (Sound Designer), WHITE ROSE (Sound Designer), F*CK 7 th GRADE (Sound Designer), THE MAGNIFICENT 7 (Sound Designer), TREVOR (Assistant Sound Designer) Pre-Broadway Out of Town: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Associate Sound Designer-Alliance Theatre), HOOD (Sound Designer-Asolo Repertory Theatre) Resident Sound Designer/Composer: PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre 2009-2019 (Selected) Regional Sound Designer: ANTHONY RAPP’S WITHOUT YOU IMM Theater Tokyo, ANTHONY RAPP’S WITHOUT YOU Curran Theatre, ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS; ESCAPE FROM PELIGRO ISLAND (Zoom Edition), AVENUE Q, 39 STEPS, The Oregon Cabaret, 39 STEPS, CRIME & PUNISHMENT The Ensemble Theatre

David Wolfson Musical Director, DAVID, a new musical at AMT Theater
David Wolfson
Musical Director

David Wolfson has worked as music director, composer, orchestrator, arranger, pianist, copyist or synthesizer programmer for performances in venues ranging from Broadway theatres to elementary school cafetoriums. He has served as music director and/or arranger for numerous regional and Off-Broadway productions, including Al Tapper and Tony Sportiello's All Aboard! and National Pastime, and has played in the pits of over twenty-five Broadway shows, including all three productions of Les Miserables. He holds a PhD in music composition from Rutgers University, and is the composer of Fortune’s Children, the world’s first Zoom opera. To hear David’s original music, please visit

Eitan Markowitz AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Eitan Markowitz 
Assitant Stage Manager

Eitan Markowitz is honored to be joining the team of DAVID! Recent credits include: “In The Heights” & “Fiddler on the Roof” (Gateway Playhouse), “Coping Mechanism” (The Wild Project), “Regarding the Disappearance of Amy” (Playwrights Horizons), “Jersey Boys”, “Murder on the Orient Express”, and “The Fantasticks” (Cape Playhouse), “Seven Sins” and “Nutcracker Rouge” (Company XIV), “The 39 Steps” (Strongbox Theater). He is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. He would like to thank Kyle, his friends, and his family for all their love and Support.

ME Stebbins AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Mary Ellen Stebbins
Lighting Designer

Mary Ellen Stebbins (Lighting Design) Collaborations include work with MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Shakespeare Theater Company, Opera Philadelphia, Juilliard, Talking Band, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as Theresa Rebeck, CYI Studio, Clare Barron, A$AP Rocky, Adrienne Truscott, Monica Bill Barnes, and AMOC*. Mary Ellen is a 2020 Bessie Award Honoree for her work with Monica Bill Barnes’ Days Go By and a 2016 Henry Hewes nominee for her design for Clare Barron’s I’ll Never Love Again. She is a 2019 Opera America Tobin Director-Designer Prize recipient, a 2014 Live Design Young Designer to Watch, the 2011 USITT Barbizon Lighting Design Award winner, and a 2009 Hangar Theater Lab Company Design Fellow. Mary Ellen holds an AB from Harvard University and an MFA from Boston University. She is a member of USA 829 and currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Tamara Flannagan AMT Theater: DAVID, a new musical
Tamara Flannagan 
Technical Director & Prop Master

A multi-hyphenate artist, Tamara has performed many roles both onstage and off. She received her Technical Theater Degree from Florida Atlantic University while studying acting with great mentors like Zoe Caldwell and Stephen Jenn. She continued her acting training as a scholarship student at Circle In The Square Theater School. Her Broadway and Off-Broadway technical and design credits include work at The Roundabout Theater, The Barrow Group and AMT Theater among others. She is AMT’s Producing Director as well as the Technical point person. Tamara was also the Prop Master for AMT Theater’s On The Right Track and Bettinger’s Luggage. She is married to Director and Acting teacher Steven Ditmyer, founder of Meisner International.

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