ARON ACCURSO is a Composer, Conductor, and Pianist. His musicals in development include The Dogs of Pripyat, (Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Book by Leah Napolin and Jill Abramovitz) which won the Jerry Bock Award, the Weston New Musical Award, and was presented by NAMT (National Alliance of Musical Theatre), and at the Festival of New Artists at the Goodspeed Opera House; Seeing Red with Joey Mazzarino (writer/director/puppeteer including 20 years on Sesame Street) which won Theatre Resources Unlimited’s 2019 TRU Voices musical reading; and We Have Apples, which won a workshop with Theatre Now NY and was featured on CBS news and in the Washington Post. Other writing credits include: You Are Enough: A Mental Health Suite for the University of Michigan; The Trail (music and lyrics by Accurso and Adam Overett) a choral commission from Colorado Children’s Chorale; and a children’s musical, Strega Nona (music and additional lyrics by Accurso, book by Thomas Olson, and lyrics by Roberta Carlson), with “happy, hummable songs” (The New York Times) which toured the country for 2 years. He studied writing for the theatre in the BMI Workshop (where he received the Jerry Harrington Award), and as a Dramatist Guild Fellow. He has also been a writer at the Goodspeed Mercer Colony.
He was the Musical Director/Incidental Music Arranger for Up Here, a new musical by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez that premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2015. He is the Associate Musical Director/Associate Conductor for Aladdin on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Asst. Cond/Piano), Sister Act (Assoc. Conductor/Key 1), The Little Mermaid (Key 1), and Billy Elliot (Rehearsal Pianist/music casting). He was the Musical Director/Incidental Musical Arranger for the musical, Calvin Berger (by Barry Wyner), and has toured and worked at regional and summer stock theatres.
He played the piano on The Bachelorette and The View for Aladdin; Regis and Kelly, Michael and Kelly, and the Wendy Williams Show accompanying American Idol finalists, and was on Smash where he was seen standing next to a piano.
During the pandemic Aron and his wife started a YouTube channel, Songs for Littles, which now has over 800 million views, so now he is an amateur puppeteer as well.
He received a BA in Music Theory/Composition from St. Olaf where he sang in the St. Olaf Choir, sang with The Limestones (contemporary a cappella) and performed in theatre productions. Aron currently lives in NYC and is originally from Denver, Colorado.