Daniel Mertzlufft is an award-winning composer, arranger, producer, songwriter and TikTok influencer based in New York City. He is most known for his viral sensations The Thanksgiving Musical on The Late Late Show with James Corden featuring Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Josh Gad, Josh Groban, and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as his arrangement of “Remy The Ratatouille” by Emily Jacobson that launched the TikTok Ratatouille musical movement, and The Grocery Store Musical, featured on ABC’s Good Morning America among other outlets, which is an arrangement of Lousia Melcher’s “New York Summer.” Daniel was also recently a creative leader for Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, a live streamed concert produced by Tony-winning Seaview Productions that raised over $2 million for The Actor’s Fund. Daniel served as music supervisor, songwriter, and arranger of the 10 song performance, which was praised by critics worldwide including the LA Times and New York Times, and starred Tituss Burgess, Wayne Brady, André De Shields, Adam Lambert, Andrew Barth Feldman, and Kevin Chamberlin. Daniel’s second major collaboration with TikTok, “Project Broadway,” led to the Telly Award Winning and first ever TikTok commissioned musical, “For You, Paige” which garnered over 40 million views, and saw Daniel as Executive Producer, Book Writer, Composer and Music Supervisor. He is also well known for his viral song “In My Head,” written by himself and Jacob Ryan Smith, performed by Andrew Barth Feldman and Joe Serafni and critically praised for its portrayal of young, joyful, queer love.
Daniel’s original works include Breathe, Dot and the Kangaroo, commissioned by MTI Australaisa and iTheatrics, House Rules: A New Musical based on the New York Times Best Selling novel by Jodi Picoult, far memory, commissioned by Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar for Stephanie Blythe and Alan Louis Smith, Construction Site on Christmas Night. He also wrote on a new score for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, commissioned by Bay Area Children’s Theatre, The Letter; A New Opera, and a new score for Laura Eason’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer commissioned by MU Summer Repertory Theatre. He is also known for his many collaborations with Kate Leonard and Macy Schmidt, most notably “It Starts With A Bang,” sung by Julie Benko, as well as their collaborations with The Broadway Sinfoinetta, which were performed as part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide series in 2022. He also collaborated with Macy Schmidt for music for The Museum of Broadway.
He is a member of the advanced class of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and also recently completed a fellowship at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat where he workshopped “Fashion Show.”
Music Direction credits include Off-Broadway: Sistas, 54 Below Sings – ABBA, Ariana Grande, Pop Hits of the 2000s, The Jonas Brothers. Readings: Monstersongs (NAMT), The Big One-Oh! TYA, and Hans Christian Anderson TYA (The Kennedy Center’s New Visions, New Voices). iTheatrics Workshops: Heathers HSE, Chicago HSE, Andrew Lloyd Webber for Young Actors Cats, Mary Poppins JR., G2K… Footloose, Newsies JR., Sister Act JR., The Drowsy Chaperone JR., My Fair Lady School Edition, Finding Nemo JR.
Arrangement & Orchestration credits include “Princess” by Matthew Lee Robinson from Witches for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hans Christian Andersen (additional arrangements and underscoring) The Big One Oh! (Off-Broadway – additional arrangements and underscoring), “Children Will Listen” by Stephen Sondheim, commissioned by the Junior Theater Festival for the 20th anniversary of Broadway JR. “Rainbow Connection” by Paul Williams on the occasion of his acceptance of the Junior Theater Festival Legacy Award, and over 50 songs for Oh, What a Night!, The Rhythm of Life, & Fantastical Families, and more, at Transcendence Theatre Company.
As an educator, he leads workshops at the international Junior Theater Festivals, Junior Theater Celebrations throughout the United States, and specialized music workshops for the Shubert Foundation and the NYC Department of Education. Through JTF, he has performed his work to thousands around the world. Daniel also graduated valedictorian from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Daniel has also lived in Germany, Las Vegas, and spent his formative years in Buffalo, New York before moving to New York City.