In My Head (feat. Andrew Barth Feldman & Joe Serafini) By Jacob Ryan Smith & Daniel Mertzlufft
Cori Jaskier performs “See the Country” from Dot and the Kangaroo at Junior Theater Festival 2022 in Atlanta. Orchestrations by Conor Keelan

“Start With A Bang (feat. Julie Benko & The Broadway Sinfonietta)” Performed by Julie Benko Music and Lyrics by Daniel Mertzlufft and Kate Leonard Orchestration by Macy Schmidt

“It Starts with Me,” performed by Lianah Sta. Ana and The Broadway Sinfonietta. Music by Daniel Mertzlufft, lyrics by Kate Leonard, orchestration by Macy Schmidt. Commissioned by The Broadway Sinfonietta for the 2021 Atlantic Festival, which addressed the theme “Visions of What America Could and Should Be” and included speakers Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Nancy Pelosi, Rosario Dawson, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and more. Sheet music and orchestrated tracks are now available.

Book by Daniel Mertzlufft and Kate Leonard. Music and lyrics by Daniel Mertzlufft and Kate Leonard (and more).

For You, Paige, the first musical commissioned by TikTok, tells the story of a teenager whose musical tribute to a popular book series goes viral on TikTok. The musical was performed live on stage in New York City and livestreamed in vertical to TikTok on April 14, 2022.

Roman Banks and Sri Ramesh lead a cast including Krystina Alabado, JJ Niemann, and James Henry. The show features original songs by Julia Riew, Morgan Reilly, Blake Rouse. Katherine Lynn-Rose, RJ Christian and Alex Engelberg, and Fosz & Gotos. The score is orchestrated by Macy Schmidt and performed by the Broadway Sinfonietta. Emily Maltby and Maria Goulamhoussen direct with choreography by Katie Spelman and Emily Maltby and music direction by Patrick Sulken.

After seeing TikTok creator Dan Mertzluft’s post inspiring a musical about a fight in a grocery store, James invites Dan on the show to celebrate his work and to create a new version special for Thanksgiving. After sharing his submission and James’s duet, James surprises Dan with the rest of the musical, with roles played by Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Josh Gad and Josh Groban.

“Like Only You Could Do,” performed by Cori Jaskier with Sam Balzac, Maddie Eaton, Jiana Odland, and Jacob Ryan Smith. Inspired by The Fault in Our Stars, this song was written for the concert New Songs From Your Favorite Movies at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Music and arrangement by Daniel Mertzlufft, lyrics by Kate Leonard.

“Out of the Closets and Into the Streets,” the theme song for Crooked Media’s 2021 Pride Livestream. Music by Daniel Mertzlufft, lyrics by Kate Leonard. This song incorporated references to recent episodes of Lovett or Leave It, including Jon Lovett’s pitch that the term “LGBTQ” be simplified to “Lagquabita.”

Listen to “Clear As Day” from Breathe: A New Musical, or stream the entire album on Spotify or Apple Music.

Listen to Thanksgiving: The TikTok Musical featured on The Late Show with James Corden


  • Construction Site on Christmas Night – Book & Lyrics By Austin Zumbro and Min Kahng (Commissioned by Bay Area Children’s Theatre) – Listen Now
  • House Rules: A New Musical – Lyrics By Kate Leonard (Based on the novel by Jodi Picoult)
  • Ten Minutes – Book & Lyrics By Rachel Sklar


Classical Voice

  • far memory – Text By Lucille Clifton (Commissioned By Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar)
  • The Fall of Aphrodite – For Mezzo-Soprano and Piano – Text By Lydia McClain, Commissioned by Lydia McClain for the multi-media exhibit Musemorphosis, Visual Art Song
  • 3 e.e. cummings songs – Text by e.e. cummmings
  • Songs of Comfort – Text by Lauren Hopkins


Music Direction

Below are links are Music Direction/arrangements.