Blake Allen is an award-winning multifaceted composer, arranger, orchestrator, and musician. Heavily influenced by his Mormon upbringing and the vast, cultural landscapes of his hometown of El Paso, TX, Allen made his professional composer debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015.
Most recently, Allen was the musical director and new orchestrator for record-smashing 2019 concert revival of the Sherman Brother's Over Here! at the Triad Theatre starring Tony-Winner Debbie Gravitz, Haley Swindal, Jessica Hendy, and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (dir. Will Nunziata).
Allen produces the sold-out hit, An Evening With... Series (@aneveningwithseries), which is currently in its third season at Green Room 42 with his band the Whobethems. AEWS explores the legacy of major 20th Century musical figures with new arrangements, Broadway talent, and dynamic multimedia. Nominated for a whopping 7, 2019 Broadway World Cabaret Awards, AEWS won Best Recurring Series and Best Vocalist (for Christine de Frece). An Evening With... Volume 1, which features arrangements from AEWS' first season and was nominated for Best Recording, is available now on streaming and iTunes.
Currently, he is music director and arranger for famed drag queen Marti Gould Cummings; together, they have performed at Lincoln Center (Best Special Event, 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards), Broadway by the River, around the world, and even the seven seas! In 2017, they partnered on the album A Very Marti Holiday to benefit the Ali Forney Center. Allen also was the music arranger for several episodes of the record-breaking show Shade: Queens of NYC on Fusion TV, produced by CowBoyBearNinja, Mike Kelton, and Marti Gould Cummings.
Allen also won the 2019 GLAM Award for Best Cabaret for his work with Tina Burner and Alan Cumming's lowe east side Club Cumming for the show Witch Perfect, the first in a series of cult films turned into drag cabarets. Blake is the music director and music supervisor for these sold-out shows (including How the B**** Stole Christmas and First Knives Club).
Blake's shows include the 'wistful and epic' Americana musical Folk Wandering (Off-Broadway 2018, Pipeline Theatre Co.); the autobiographical musical, the shards of an honor code junkie (World Premiere 2017, The Trevor Project); Boston|Nebraska, a musical based on Willa Cather’s words and life; HOCKET, a gay fantasia on hard drugs; the hour-long thriller Kelley  (New York Theatre Festival 2019); and Tonight, Only at KC's (written with Kristina Nicole Miller, grant and residency 2019 KHN Center).
Blake is currently working on At KC's with Sony recording artist Kristina Nicole Miller as well as his And the Angels in the Nighttime: A Modern Oratorio. Allen is also writing the score to Salty Brine's Winter Roses All Around Us.
In addition, Allen's violin sonata L'Abîme premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016 and his cello sonata Music for Kelly was recorded in February 2019 by Emily Umeatsu, Susan Mandel, and Grammy-Nominee Christopher Koelzer on the album Blake Allen Sonatas, being released April 2020.
Allen's work has been performed or recorded by award winning artists including: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Cady Huffman, Sherie Rene Scott, Jason Alexander, Mary Testa, Alison Fraser, Lesli Margherita, Debbie Gravite, Teal Wicks, Grace McClean, Kristy Cates, Jessica Hendy, Cree Carrico, Bonnie Milligan, Tim Young, and many others. Allen has also arranged for Tracie Thoms, Jenn Gambatese, Leslie Kritzer, Marty Thomas, Christine Dwyer, and Miss'd America Pagenat.
Furthermore, Allen has been Rob Fisher's music assistant since 2011. Blake served as Music Assistant on Live From Lincoln Center's Ring Them Bells (PBS) and Carousel (PBS).
Allen was a 2014 full scholar artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre as well as a 2020 resident at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center.
Blake is a sponsored artist of the Garfield Center for the Arts.
photo by Kai Ravelson