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About Al Tapper

While attending Boston University, Al Tapper 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 Tapper composed the ballet “The Seduction of Bathsheba”, whose premiere performance at Mechanics Hall was presented by the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra 1988.  Al’s seven musicals have also garnered success throughout the years opening in various cities on the eastern seaboard.  Beginning in 1992, “David” opened as a workshop production at 890 Broadway in New York City and in Washington, D.C. in 1994 at the Washington Jewish Theater.  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.  “All Aboard” which played at the 14th Street Theater. It played again in 2023 with a new score at the AMT Theater in Manhattan. 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 for best show of 2022.

Al has written four books on humor that were published by Andrews McMeel and Company and MJF Publishing. The books entitled, “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.

Tapper also produced the PBS television special “My Sinatra: The Songs and the Stories” a musical tribute starring Cary Hoffman in 2002.

Al Tapper 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 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  will be completed in mid-2024.

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