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Bruce Levine utilizes his talents over the entire spectrum of the musical, theatrical and literary worlds. At age twelve he became friends with Leonard Bernstein, a friendship that lasted nearly thirty years. At fourteen his career as a composer and oboist, specializing on the English Horn, began simultaneously and skyrocketed in tandem – within a year he was playing under such renowned composer/conductors as Gunther Schuller and Elie Siegmeister and at age sixteen he was playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Erich Leinsdorf and Sir Adrian Boult; seventeen on Broadway in the original cast of Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead; the National Symphony in New York; on call for the New York Philharmonic and, after a private audition with Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony.

Steadily turning out new compositions Leonard Bernstein said of his early works that they evinced “real musicality!” and they rapidly began appearing on concert programs at Tanglewood and other venues around the U.S.

Marrying his classical work with the theatre his works have been performed at Lincoln Center, Broadway and Off-Broadway. His songs have been recorded in New York and London (with the London Symphony as the back-up orchestra) in addition to writing the feature song Five Fingers for Sesame Street as well as choral arrangements for Quincy Jones, Chuck Mangione, Barry Manilow and Stevie Wonder.

His work in the theatre has spanned nearly every discipline in one hundred sixty professional and thirty nine academic productions including for such legendary producers as David Merrick and Joseph Papp. At nineteen he became the youngest musical director in the history of Broadway and as a conductor/pianist he has worked with Allen & Rossi, Michael Amante, Claire Barry, Orson Bean, Laurie Beechman, Betty Buckley, Brett Butler, Red Buttons, Charlie Callas, Cab Calloway, John Carradine, Jack Carter, Arlene DeMarco, Teresa DeZarn, Joey Faye, Fyvush Finkel, Ian Finkel, Bob Fitch, Four Aces, Four Lads, Patricia Heaton, Dave Konig, Allan Jones, Julius LaRosa, Liz Larson, Mal Z. Lawrence, London Lee, Peter Lemongello, Mayor John Lindsay, Avon Long, Joni Mitchell, New Chordettes, Paige O'Hara, Betsy Palmer, Sir James Randolph, Cliff Robertson, Nipsey Russell, Richard Shull, June Valli, Fran Warren and Irwin C. Watson. Other co-performers, composers and conductors include: Henk Badings, Ara Berberian, Nico Castel, Phyllis Curtin, Anne Elgar, Candy Finch, Ezio Flagello, Dizzy Gillespie, Batyah Godfrey, William Hellermann, Gerald Humel, Robert Jones, Gene Krupa, Mike Longo, Ursula Mamlok, Jane Marsh, Jimmy Merrit, James Moody, Vladimir Padwa, Shulamit Ran, Judith Raskin, John Reardon, Jose Serebrier, George Shirley, Beverly Sills, Joanna Simon, Veronica Tyler and Pinchas Zuckerman. He has appeared on such television shows as Entertainment Tonight and the Joan Rivers Show and, as an actor, on One Life To Live.

Bruce's literary catalogue includes the show-biz thriller Caught In The Crossfire, Detective Winston murder mystery novels and short stories, essays, magazine articles, miscellaneous short works and the screenplay Ripper. His extensive theatre and show business background led him into writing musical theatre libretti and three murder mystery shows, a natural offshoot of his predilection for murder, at least on paper. His works have been published in a variety of media including Woodwind World and Accent magazines, Brimfield Publications, Heuer Publishing and Rodale Press and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. New works include the novellas Reinvented – Jeremy Saunders Stories, An Accidental Journey – Ben and Clarissa stories, Murder and Mayhem – a collection of Claudine and Andy mysteries and Detective Winston Murder Mysteries, Clarissa, the Gallery and the Nicolette Taylor Murder Mysteries. In addition there are other new short stories, humorous sketches, flash fiction and poetry. And new publishers include Visitant, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Friday Flash Fiction, Every Writer, Grey Sparrow Journal, Leaves of Ink, Eskimo Pie, Flash Fiction Magazine, WestWard Quarterly, The Bookends Review, Poetry Quarterly, 50 Haikus, Haiku Journal, Three Line Poetry, Dual Coast Magazine, Mused Literary Review and Literally Stories. Bruce's novellas, Reinvented and An Accidental Journey, are available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.

New music and theatre projects include a String Quartet, Monologues 3 - 7 for cello, clarinet, alto flute, trombone and electric bass solo, Chamber Suite No. 1 for mixed chamber ensemble, Homage To Copland for brass and percussion and, theatrically, the musical direction of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Gypsy at Suffolk County Community College, the Off-Broadway hit Addicted To Show Business starring Dave Konig and conducting West Side Story at The Wick Theatre in Florida.

A native of Manhattan, Bruce lives with his wife, actress Lydia Franklin, and their dog Daisy.


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