When I saw The Lion King in New York City shortly after it opened in 1997, I remember thinking how difficult it must be to perform in the orchestra for a show on Broadway. Now 17 years later, I am honored to join the orchestra in the touring production of The Lion King that is currently performing at the Kennedy Center. The Lion King celebrates themes of love and redemption, guilt and forgiveness, and the differences between great leadership and poor leadership. It entertains you by making you laugh one minute and cry the next. Each night, I find myself full of emotion when Simba cries over the loss of his father, and when Simba finally ascends to throne, assuming his role as King of the Pridelands. I praise God for the ability to play the world’s #1 musical and truly grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the Washington D.C. theater network that offers one of Broadway’s longest-running Award-Winning Best Musicals
Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Victor serves as the Music Director for the 2014 Arena Stage production. This electrifying show garnered seven Tony nominations and became the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history!
The greatest music not only entertains, but heals and has at its core the potential for social transformation. The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, Smokey Joe’s Café, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, fulfills these three roles. I’m honored to work on a show that is as powerful as it is popular.
Classic songs like Yakety Yak and Charlie Brown remind us of our teenage years when most of us wanted to rebel against our parents in some way or play the class clown. “Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?” the song says. Other songs like Kansas City, Love Me, There Goes My Baby and Spanish Harlem are songs that celebrate our search and desire for love. Read More
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel spins a musical tale of hope and forgiveness weaving together carols, and folk songs, this “beautifully stitched tapestry of American lives”. Victor performed masterly as the Music Director incorporating a variety of musical instruments.
Violet is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. Part of the Creative Team, Victor performed “Violet” at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and was noted for his talent on the keyboard. “The musical does have some wonderful scenes like a dance hall in Memphis (I noticed the audience waking up) and the appearance of a gospel choir which almost steals the show”
Memphis is a musical by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. The play won four Tony Awards®. Victor served as the Associate Music Director/Conductor for the National Tour.