Blake Allen is a multifaceted composer and orchestrator at the forefront of the new musiopera genre. He is heavily influenced by his Mormon upbringing and the vast, cultural landscapes of his hometown El Paso, TX. Blake made his professional composer debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015. He was a 2014 full scholar artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre.

 

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 [1955] (New York Theatre Festival 2019); and Tonight, Only at KC's (written with Kristina Nicole Miller).

 

In addition, his 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.  

 

His 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, Teal Wicks, Kristy Cates, Jessica Hendy, Cree Carrico, Bonnie Milligan, Tim Young, and others. Blake has also arranged for Tracie Thoms, Jenn Gambatese, Leslie Kritzer, Marty Thomas, Christine Dwyer, and Miss'd America Pagenat.

 

Blake has been Rob Fisher's music assistant for eight years and counting. Currently, he is music director and arranger for famed drag queen Marti Gould Cummings; together, they have performed at Lincoln Center, Broadway by the River, around the world, and the seven seas! In 2017, they partnered on the album A Very Marti Holiday to benefit the Ali Forney Center. Blake served as Music Assistant on Live From Lincoln Center's Ring Them Bells (PBS) and Carousel (PBS). 

 

Blake produces the hit An Evening With... Series (@aneveningwithseries), which is headed into its third bi-monthly 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.

 

Blake’s most recent work And the Angels in the Nighttime—a modern oratorio is forthcoming.

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Blake is a sponsored artist of the Garfield Center for the Arts. 

 

 

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