joshua eli kranz

Current and Ongoing Projects/Events

Musical Director, Legally Blonde, Dir. Chera Marks, Co-dir. Sierra Fisk, Act-1, NoHo Arts Center, North Hollywood, CA, April 15-17, 2016

Joshua's music can be heard on internet radio at via

Joshua carolingJoshua caroling for Voices of Christmas, Lisa Stanley, dir.

You can read Joshua's blog at to find out What's Up With Joshua Eli Kranz LA Composer/Performer? It's where he will discuss his music and experiences while composing and performing. You will be able to find references to his performance gigs and his music thoughts that lead to the writing of his songs.

Musical Director and show Pianist, "...He WROTE Good songs," the music and life story of Anthony Newley, written and performed by Jon Peterson, veteran of Broadway and the West End, Gwen Hillier, Dir.,The Asylum Lab, Los Angeles, June 8 - June 28, 2014. 

"...He WROTE Good songs" BEST SOLO SHOW: MALE in 2014"
- Don Grigware, broadwayWORLD.COM, December 26, 2014

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Joshua Eli Kranz, musical director, studio pianist, vocalist for Studio Cast Recording of And The World Goes 'Round, co-production between Be Wild About Music and Kritzerland, Inc., Bruce Kimmel, producer, John Kander, composer, Fred Ebb, lyricist. Cast: Brent Barrett, Kyra Da Costa, Jason Graae, Joshua Kranz, Christiane Noll, Kristin Towers-Rowles. Release date:
FALL 2014.


Past Projects

Musical Director, Fugitive Songs, Hollywood Fringe Festival, 3 Clubs, LA, June 2015


Musical Director and pianist, The Geranium on the Window Sill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On, Michael Lluberes, Dir, Michael Lluberes, book and lyrics, Jared M. Dembowski, music, ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theatre Workshop, February 18, 2015

The Geranium On the Windowsill
Jered Dembowski, Joshua Eli Kranz, Michael Lluberes, Sierra Fisk, Catherine Lake, Madeline Montgomery, Maya Boyce, Kameron Kotraba, Gabriel DiCenzo, Matthew Talley, Kai Wright, Emily Otkupman, Bianca Linder

What an experience...! Your expertise and encouragement are both so appreciated! It was such a privilege for [Kameron] to work under your care once again. Thank you – a million times – thank you!
Julie Kotraba


Musical Director and show pianist, Nunsense the Mega Musical Version, Rikki Lugo, Dir/Chor,The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena, CA, March 6,7,8, 2015

"I Could've Gone to Nashville"
, from Nunsense, Dan Goggin composer, performed by Peggy Schmid, Joshua Eli Kranz, MD, conductor and pianist, Rikki Lugo, Dir.


Musical director and reh pianist, Beauty and the Beast, Erik Austin, Dir., Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA. July 11-20, 2014.

Assistant Musical Director, Rehearsal Accompanist, Orchestra Pianist, Show Boat, music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Erik Austin, Director, San Luis Obispo, 2014.

Queenie's Ballyhoo from Show Boat rehearsal,
Joshua Eli Kranz, piano, vocals by Erika Bowman & Larry Kaml

"Great to be working with a piano player who knows what he is doing," Dan Tullis (Joe in Show Boat)

"Awesome job!" Erik Austin, Dir., Show Boat

"Thank you for being so supportive throughout this whole process. After our first rehearsal together I …felt like I had someone on my side from the artistic team!"
Katie Gucik, Julie in Show Boat


Music Director, Tarzan, music and lyrics by Phil Collins, Kelrik Productions, Erik Austin, Director, El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, CA, April 25 to May 18, 2014.

Musical Director, conductor and pianist
Little Shop of Horrors, Kentwood Players
September 13-October 19, 2013

Little Shop of Horrors:
100% Sweet on Bitter Lemons' LemonMeter.

Musical Director and
Vocal Director, pianist
and performer in And the World Goes 'Round
by John Kander and Fred Ebb
NoHo Arts Center
February 1, 2013 – March 10, 2013

Radio interview with John Kander and Joshua Eli Kranz
and Kristin Towers-Rowles on February 7, 2013:
"Legendary Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winning Broadway composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman … makes a surprise guest appearance to talk with Joshua Eli Kranz (Musical Director and Vocal Director for the 2013 Los Angeles revival of Kander & Ebb's And the World Goes 'Round (ATWGR) at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood. Popular LA musical theatre star Kristin Towers-Rowles (granddaughter of MGM musical star Kathryn Grayson and one of five co-stars in ATWGR) joins Sterling and Strolli for a fascinating discussion of Kander's work."
LA Talk Radio | State of the Arts with Michael Sterling & Paul Stroili – February 7, 2013

L to R: Paul Stroili, Joshua Eli Kranz,
Kristin Towers-Rowles, and Michael Sterling.




Testimonials and Press


-K-Fiyat, LA, London, Paris
March 8, 2016

I did get the songs... Such a pleasure to listen to them! You have very much tapped into the Great American Songbook style of legends as Gershwin, Kern, Arlen, Berlin, etc. It's a style I love, and you do it very well.

-Neal Desby
October 23, 2015

Regarding And The World Goes 'Round at Theatre Palisades:
My sincere thanks to our extraordinarily gifted music director.

-Victoria Miller,
June 2015

Regarding Fugitive Songs:  It is a wonderful calling card for the team and a terrific showcase for the cast. ...Joshua Eli Kranz's savvy musical direction... and the quality and character in the six voices of the ensemble make this production memorable.

–Michael Van Duzer
June 23, 2015 

Regarding Fugitive Songs:  The musical direction by Joshua Eli Kranz is exemplary, the four-piece band... give the piece the feel of a rock concert without overpowering the vocals. ... Fugitive Songs is one of the best of this year's Fringe. There are ballads and uptempo numbers, heartbreakers and laugh-out-loud funny tunes. There are group numbers, solos, duets, trios, and every manner of grouping in between. It's a very inventive and involving piece of musical theatre... Each cast member gets several moments to shine, displaying their versatility and range. ... There are some wonderful songs here, sung with verve by a strong ensemble....

–Rob Stevens
 June 18, 20

Regarding Joshua's new music/lyrics/vocal composition Near To You Is What I Want:
Near to You is What I Want
Genius...i'm a fan Josh-
...i'm very impressed with you in every way- congratulations on this song- it will be hard to improve- the more i listen
Chris Julian/Imagine Post
-April 10, 2015

Los Angeles Times, Culture Monster, November 19, 2014Los Angeles Tmes

Regarding "Kit & The Kats" concert:
"One of the most wonderful musical moments of recent… singing harmony. Grateful that I get to have moments like this. … Uber-talented Joshua Eli Kranz on keys."
– Laura Kelly Ellis
September 22, 2014
"You were great! You play with such rhythm. I have only known a few pianists in my life that could play like that. … you should really be in New York, my friend."
"Such a great show with Laura Kelly Ellis in Kit and the Kats with the incredible Joshua Eli Kranz headin' up the band!"
– J. Steven Bingman
September 21, 2014
"… a shout out to Joshua Eli Kranz for his awesome piano playing tonight."
– Heather Viau
September 21, 2014
"I had no idea you played like that (WOW)"
– Bridget Brady
September 21, 2014

Regarding The Geranium on the Window Sill Just Died...:
Cast amazing. Great Material. Brilliantly represented through kids' eyes. Fresh. "One Plus One" is vivid and particular. Grabbed us. So many beautiful moments!
Winnie Holzman and Kevin Bannerman

Regarding "...He WROTE Good songs" :
Pure theatre at its best--a solo performance, augmented by a few props, supported by a splendid keyboard accompaniment.
– Charles Ziarko
June 30, 2014

It is clear (Jon) has total command of the material and the storytelling and he works perfectly with his onstage partner-in-crime, MD Joshua Kranz.
- Janet Miller
June 14, 2014

Expert music direction by Kranz
- Don Grigware
June 23, 2014

Excellent music performance and arrangement by Joshua Kranz.
- Lorenzo Marchessi, The Geek Authority
July 2, 2014

Regarding Tarzan, the Stage Musical:
"Helming this latest Kelrik Production adventure are Erik Austin and musical director Joshua Eli Kranz both doing topnotch work in their respective roles."
– Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
April, 2014
"Director Erik Austin and Musical Director Joshua Eli Kranz took the classic age-old story of a baby raised by gorillas… and made one of the most heartwarming, fun and funny musical shows I've seen in a long time on stage in a live performance."
– Lorenzo Marchessi, The Geek Authority
April, 2014

“I have gotten to know the work of composer/songwriter Joshua Eli Kranz very well over the past year or so.  His music is very much in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, yet he manages to bring a fresh sound and perspective. In many ways, he reminds me of George Gershwin while at the same time sounding very much like himself.  His songs are very catchy and memorable, and after listening to them, I want to hear them again and again, which is about the greatest compliment one can pay a creative artist.
I have listened several times to their song, “The Coldest Winter, (Ah Maria)” written in collaboration with lyricist Carmelita Thomas. …  I think it is a beautiful song with a certain epic grandeur about it.  I have been working as an orchestrator and conductor in Hollywood for many years, and would love to arrange this song for vocal soloist and string orchestra.  A song such as this demands a top-flight instrumental background….”
– Neal Desby

Transcript from note by screenwriter, author, Donald Scott:
May, 2012
Everyone who has heard Maria's Theme absolutely loves it. 

– Donald

Theater review: ‘Absolute Black’ at ZJU Theatre Group
Atmospheric authenticity is furthered by Natalie Hyde’s superbly swanky costumes and a sultry soundtrack that includes original tunes by Carmelita Thomas and Joshua Kranz. 
– Philip Brandes - Los Angeles Times – Culture Monster
January 17, 2012

Just wanted to put in writing how much I enjoyed AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND last night. I was sitting in a seat that gave me the opportunity to watch your piano playing as much as the rest of the cast. What a treat! I'm proud of you Joshua!
– Richard Schraier – Joshua's former Musical Theatre and Vocal Jazz Director, Hamilton Academy of Music