Music Box Theatre
Opened December 4, 2016
Dear Evan Hansen Orchestra
Keyboard 2/Associate Conductor
Dear Evan Hansen Bios
Conductor / Keyboard 1
Ben is currently the music director for DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Broadway. He is also Clay Aiken's music director. Most recently, he was the assistant conductor and pianist for WICKED. Other Broadway credits include: 26TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, THE WOMAN IN WHITE, IN MY LIFE, and WONDERFUL TOWN. He has also served on the music departments during the developmental stages of many shows including THE BOOK OF MORMON, 9 TO 5, FINDING NEVERLAND, and the upcoming ANASTASIA. Ben is the music director and arranger for several artists including Alfio, Stephanie J. Block Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, for several theme park live shows including Busch Gardens and Disney World, and for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Ben also works as a songwriter and composer and has several published choral pieces. Ben lives in NYC with his husband Sean and their son Allister.
As music producer, arranger, bandleader and session musician, Justin Goldner has been privileged to make music with Sting, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, Hugh Jackman, Donald Glover, Matisyahu, Steve Martin, Jason Robert Brown, Audra McDonald and a host of others, including his mentor, Meshell Ndegeocello. As house guitarist in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen and house bassist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, he plays nightly for audiences in New York and across the U.S. and is still bewildered to have been allowed onstage such storied venues as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and the Apollo Theater.
A restless traveler, peripatetic New Yorker and “language junkie”, music has taken Justin to 36 countries including Iran, Latin America, South Africa and 3 of the 7 “-stans”, where he has performed and engaged with local cultures, conducted workshops in 3 languages and exchanged experiences and music with others from across the world. www.FunkyButter.com