Introduction – John Gromada (Broadway Composer/Sound Designer)
Since his graduation from Duke University in 1986, John Gromada has become one of the most celebrated composers and sound designers on Braodway. Though composition was not his main focus in school, Mr. Gromada did study some music composition during his time at Duke, and completed his first professional score (for “Long Day’s Journey Into The Night,” on Broadway) at the incredibly young age of 22. Since then, he has gone on to work on innumerable shows and projects, and has even spent time teaching at the NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Gromada is now one of the theatre industry’s most talented and successful composers.
Mr. Gromada has written a number of original scores for shows on Broadway, including “A Bronx Tale,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “Proof,” and many others. He also worked on the revivals of shows such as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Summer and Smoke,” and even had music featured in the theatre production of “A Few Good Men.” In addition to this bulk of Broadway work, Gromada is also known for his compositions in regional theatres, including “The Glass Menagerie” at the Kennedy Center and a Houston production of ten Greek plays called “The Greeks.” Currently, Mr. Gromada is composing a long cycle of Tennessee Williams plays such as “A Streetcar Named Desire,” at the Hartford Stage Company. Other recent work includes Gromada’s score and theme for the Biography Channel television series “The Interrogators.”
John Gromada has won a remarkable number of awards for his work, including a 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design, for his work on “The Skriker,” and a 1991 Village Voice Obie Award for his score for “Machinal” at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He has also received ASCAP special awards for theatrical composition for twenty-two years straight, and has been written about in numerous theatrical and musical journals.