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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 16, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: composer, singer

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 New Year's Day (1989) Young Man
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3.
 Leonard Bernstein's New York (1997) Special Thanks
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Began performing career as a boy soprano with the Metropolitan Opera
1989:
Appeared briefly in Henry Jaglom's film "New Year's Day"
1993:
Wrote the score for the CBS documentary "Jack", a profile of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy2
1995:
Debut as stage composer, the acclaimed "Floyd Collins"
1996:
Penned the score for the PBS documentary "Paving the Way", a profile of ground-breaking women
1998:
Composed the song cycle "Saturn Returns"; premiered at NYC's Public Theatre; later renamed and recorded as "Myths and Hymns"
1997:
Scored the documentary "Arguing the World"
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Collaborated with Alfred Uhry on the stage musical "Light in the Piazza"; originally intended to be workshopped under the auspices of the Lyric Opera of Chicago
2005:
Wrote the Music and Lyrics for "The Light in the Piazza"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

Notes

"I would make the distinction between writing about what people care about, and writing about something that can be distilled into a marketable handle or sound bite and sold to any number of demographic groups. It's difficult to distill the story of Floyd Collins into a charismatic sentence. I've also encountered a lot of resistance to the perceived complexities of my work. I don't really mind. For me, it's about creating a convincing world-and when there are crunchy harmonies, I generally have arrived at them for dramatic reasons." --Adam Guettel, quoted in Newsday, 1999

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grandfather:
Richard Rodgers. Composer.
mother:
Mary Rodgers. Composer. Born in 1931.
father:
Henry Guettel. Born in 1928.

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