David Friedman, who teaches voice and conducts vocal performance workshops for the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, is the composer for the soon-to-open Broadway musical "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson." The musical, with book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, is in previews at the Neil Simon Theatre.

"David is a remarkably talented artist and has taught and inspired many of our students," said Melody Meitrott Libonati, director of the Conservatory. "We first met on Broadway when I was performing in `Grease.' He was our music director and conducted the orchestra."

Friedman, a prolific songwriter/producer and music director vocal, arranged Disney's films of "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "Pocahontas" and "Hunchback of Notre Dame," and on Broadway, directed and arranged the vocals in Disney's production of "Beauty and the Beast," as well and many other Broadway shows.

His songs have been recorded by Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Petula Clark, Leslie Uggums and Lucie Arnaz, among others.

He was recently awarded the MAC Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs and will shortly release an album performing his own songs.

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He is a regular on the "Today" show on NBC, writing a new song each month based on stories submitted by viewers, for the "Everyone Has a Story" series.

He has written many songs with Kathie Lee Gifford, and they have co-written and co-produced two children's CDs and one, "Party Animals," has been adapted and produced as musical. He has written the music for several musicals, all of which have been produced regionally and off Broadway, including "Chasing Nicolette," "Stunt Girl," "Lincoln in Love," "Desperate Measures," award winner in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

"David is now in his fifth year teaching voice and vocal performance at the conservatory. His individualized approach and passion for teaching is representative of all the faculty of the conservatory. Our community benefits greatly from David and these talented nurturing artists," Libonati said.

Conservatory students are taught by professional artists with many years of experience performing on Broadway, in films, TV and performing in major theaters and concert halls. "Fairfield County has a rich heritage of theatrical artists and we are honored to be here to help develop the next generation of artistic leaders," said Nicholas Sadler, acting teacher at the conservatory, who also helps high school students preparing for college theater programs.