William Wade has written in a wide variety of forms and styles. His musicals include Warsaw, set in the Warsaw Ghetto 1939-’43, and Alice, an adaptation of the Lewis Carroll novels. Among his commissions are the ballets “The Empty Pot” (Francis Patrelle, choreographer), based on a Chinese folk fable and “Mole Music” (Bill Hastings, choreographer) based on a children’s book of the same name for the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet. Other works include “Fantasia on Carols of the Nativity” (for chorus and orchestra) and various chamber pieces, both for the concert hall and for dance.
In addition to his compositional efforts, William has musically directed over one-hundred musicals and cabarets. His Broadway credits include work on Fosse, Swan Lake, and The Look of Love. He has done arrangements for Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project, Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, and Rosie O’Donnell’s Rosie’s Broadway Kids. He has taught for American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) and is a founding faculty member of the Professional Musical Theatre Workshop at Manhattan School of Music. He has worked for Mark Morris Dance Group, American Ballet Theatre, Feld Ballets, Jennifer Muller, Donald Byrd, and Elisa Monte.
William holds a BA in Music Composition from the University of South Florida and is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.