#88 Broadway Music Director Brad Haak on Collaboration as a Creative Superpower
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I’m giddy about today’s guest on the podcast: Broadway Music Director BRAD HAAK. Why???

  1. Original Music Director for Broadway shows like Mary Poppins, An American in Paris, and Lestat… He continues to create world-class musical theatre through arranging & conducting.
  2. He’s my best-est friend. We met at Northwestern (I’ve known him for 28 years) so you know I get him to spill allllllll the tea on the famous peeps he works with, including... Beyoncé, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stephen Sondheim, and Audra McDonald... just to name a few! They’ve been awarded a total of 62 Grammys, 15 Tonys, and 4 Academy Awards – not bad company to keep! 
  3. We shared a 500 sq foot apartment in NYC on the corner of 29th Street & 10th Avenue for 7 years ← BEFORE The High Line, and BEFORE it was cool to live there. 🐁

Of course I'm really proud of my bestie Brad for those accomplishments. But his ability to balance the ups and downs of a freelance career with his dogged passion for creating incredibly affecting, Broadway-caliber musical storytelling is why I knew he'd be a great guest for the pod.

Listen to learn how Brad mastered the ability to be an artist in his own right while collaborating with some of the biggest names in the bizniz.


  • Best Practices for Being “in the room where it happens” with the Fanciest of People 
  • Attention Must Be Paid (!!!) to Your Passion → listen for why!
  • The #1 (& Easiest) Way to Standout with Your Musical Theatre Self-Tapes 
  •  What Most Catches the Attention of Musical Directors 
  • How to Be Certain You’ve Chosen The *Perfect* Material 

I have ZERO doubt this conversation will supercharge your creativity and forever change the way you collaborate!

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