musician • composer • lyricist • performer • teacher

Dan Manjovi is a pianist/keyboardist, vocalist, composer, lyricist and performer, and teacher.  His music and arrangements have been featured in film, onstage, and television, and have been performed and/or recorded by Donna Summer, Michael Feinstein, and Grace Hightower, among others. His song, “Somethin’s Comin’ My Way” was written at the request of Oscar-Nominated Director and Filmmaker Lee Daniels, and featured in the Academy Award-winning Lionsgate Film Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire. Manjovi also produced, arranged, and recorded the song for the soundtrack recording for the Universal-Interscope label. Dan has released two solo albums Dan Manjovi (2005), Woke Up This Morning (2008), and his song “Things’ll Get Better” appears on the Compilation CD United For The Ride (2009). His latest single, “There Is No One More Beautiful” was released in early 2016. Dan is a multiple ASCAP Popular Award Winner, and a recipient of Backstage Newspaper’s Bistro Award for Outstanding Singer/Instrumentalist. Manjovi is an annual favorite at New York City’s Bryant Park Piano In The Park Jazz Piano Series.

Dan is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association, and has been featured either as performer and/or musical director at some of the country’s top regional theaters including Denver Center Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Company (Master Class), as well as notable workshop productions including George Furth (Company, Merrily We Roll Along) final musical project The End (2006) with music by Doug Katsaros.  Dan has appeared in performance at many top music venues both throughout the country, and in the New York area, including the Beacon Theater, Bitter End, 54 Below, The Carlyle Room, and theLaurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. As a featured performer of his music, Manjovi has appeared either solo or with his band alongside notable artists such as Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, Patti Griffin, John Mayer and the late Allan Toussaint.  In the Fall of 2016, Dan appeared as Aaron Jefferson Levi in The York Theatre’s Off Broadway production of T. Cat Ford’s How To Be An American!

This wide range of writing and performing experience informs Dan’s writing. His original music,  I AM, I WILL, I DO (http://www.iamiwillido.com), for which he has written book, music and lyrics was developed at Amas Musical Theatre in New York City, producing two enormously successful labs of the show, in 2015, and 2016. In 2017 I AM, I WILL, I DO was an official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival (NYMF). The show premiered at Playwrights Horizons, and is now headed toward full production. His new play PICKED UP will premier on Theatre Row at The Lion Theatre in New City, Summer 2019, as part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival.

Manjovi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from New York University and did post-graduate work at The Julliard School, and trained as an actor at Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is also a protégé of renowned voice teacher Katie Agresta, and jazz pianist Joanne Brackeeen.  As an educator, Dan served on the faculty at HB Studio in New York City for over twelve years, teaching Voice and Vocal Performance. Currently, as owner and founder of DJM Studio (https://www.djm-studio.com), Dan teaches weekly group Vocal and Performance Technique classes, along with a busy private studio practice, and oversees a student body of over fifty students weekly.

Thanks to AEA, AFM Local 802, The Dramatists Guild, husband Kermitt Brooks, family and friends!

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