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Max Wagner

 

 

 

Kaleidoscope

An original song recorded entirely on one acoustic guitar. Produced by John Schroeder at Blue Dream Studios.

Max Wagner

 
 
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Max Wagner is a Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based freelance guitarist, bassist, banjoist, and mandolinist. Max is in demand as a sideman, studio player, and theater pit musician. His extensive theater credits most recently include the regional premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star at Musical Theatre West, the world premiere of Mutt House The Musical at the CTG Kirk Douglas Theatre, and the Southern California mini-tour of Godspell. He’s also the guitarist for the award-winning John Burroughs High School show choir pro combo in Burbank, CA.

 

As a sideman, Max has played venues throughout the LA/Orange County area, including Hotel Café, Bar Lubitsch, and the Troubadour. He’s also played the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and NYC venues the Cutting Room, the Duplex, and the West End. He’s shared the stage with singer-songwriters, cabaret singers, and rock bands, always bringing his trademark attention to detail and infectious smile to the stage. Some of Max’s favorite live collaborators include NYC-based songwriters Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor; singer-songwriters Bianca Gisselle and Michelle Vezilj; and Broadway stars Emma Hunton, Lilli Cooper, and Tony-Award Winner Lindsay Mendez.

 

In the studio, Max has played on dozens of sessions, working with Grammy-winning, legendary producer Glen Ballard, Alexander Hall/Oliver Heimach Productions (BEATLES EP, “Golden Hour” single), and producer/arranger Elmo Zapp.

 

Other selected theater credits:

Modern The Musical (Live Read@SDA)

Dogfight; I Love You Because; tick, tick… BOOM! (After Hours Theatre Company)

Once On This Island, Footloose (LACHSA)

Starry: A New Musical (Rockwell Table and Stage)

The View UpStairs; The Boy From Oz; Priscilla Queen of The Desert (Celebration Theatre)

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble)

Cruel Intentions: The Musical; A Walk To Remember: The Musical (Prospect Theatre)

Green Day’s American Idiot (glory/struck productions)

Assistants the Musical (LA Fringe Festival; ENCORE Producer’s Award Winner)

The Album Project: Jagged Little Pill (Rockwell Table & Stage)

 
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shows

 

Upcoming Shows

Previous Shows

March 2, 2019, JBHS VMA at Burbank Blast Competition, Burbank, CA

February 22-24, 2019, John Burroughs High School Pop Show 40: Change The World, Burbank, CA

February 15, 2019, Shabbat Take Me Higher, Open Temple, Venice, CA

February 14, 2019, JBHS VMA at David Starr Jordan Middle School, Burbank, CA

February 14, 2019, JBHS VMA at Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA

February 9, 2019, w/Michelle Vezilj, Hotel Café Second Stage, Los Angeles, CA

February 6, 2019, ROVE x The Tribe Ldn Presents: London Meets LA (w/Bianca Gisselle), Hotel Café Second Stage, Los Angeles, CA

January 27, 2019, Scissorhands: A Musical Inspired By The Film, Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

January 26, 2019, LiveRead@SDA – Modern (by Selda and Derek), Tommy’s Place – USC, Los Angeles, CA

January 20, 2019, Color & Light Theatre Presents: Lizzie – A New Rock Musical, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA

January 20, 2019, Dark of the Moon, Fullerton Union High School, Fullerton, CA

January 19, 2019, Color & Light Theatre Presents: Lizzie – A New Rock Musical, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA

January 18, 2019, Shabbat Take Me Higher, Open Temple, Venice, CA

December 13, 2018, Broadway Sings Disney (w/Trent Mills), Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

December 7-8, 2018, Once On This Island, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

November 23-24, 2018, Starry: A New Musical, Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

November 16-18, 2018, Dark Of The Moon, John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA

November 13, 2018, Carner and Gregor, John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts Millenium Stage, Washington, D.C.

October 19-November 4, 2018, Musical Theatre West Presents: Bright Star (Regional Premiere), Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA

October 12-14, 2018, Burroughs on Broadway, John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA

September 28, 30, 2018, The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids, Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

September 23, 2018, TMI Hollywood (w/Oliver Heimach), Hudson Backstage Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

September 19, 2018, Yom Kippur Day Service, Open Temple, Venice, CA

September 18, 2018, Kol Nidre Service, Open Temple, Venice, CA

September 13, 2018, w/Oliver Heimach, NiteLight, West Hollywood, CA

September 10, 2018, Rosh Hashanah Day Service, Open Temple, Venice, CA

September 9, 2018, Godspell, Trinity Church, Santa Barbara, CA

September 8, 2018, Godspell, Zipper Hall, Los Angeles, CA

September 7, 2018, Godspell, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, CA

September 4, 2018, Broadway Sings Disney (w/Trent Mills), Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

August 28, 2018, Saturday Morning Cartoons Single Release Party (w/Oliver Heimach), Private Home, Burbank, CA

August 22, 2018, w/Time Bandits, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

August 20, 2018, Broadway Sings Disney (w/Domonique Paton), Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

July 10-August 5, 2018, Mutt House (World Premiere Musical), Center Theatre Group Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, CA

June 9, 2018, w/Oliver Heimach, Post-Show Performance following One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Presented by After Hours Theatre Company, Six01 Studio, Burbank, CA

June 3, 2018, Who. What. Wear. Starring Adrienne Visnic, Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

May 25-26, 2018, Footloose, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

May 23, 2018, Project Listen: A Charity Event, John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA

May 17, 2018, John Burroughs High School Spring Concert, Burbank, CA

May 11-13, 2018, Midsummer/SoCal, John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA

May 3-6, 2018, Celebration Theatre Presents: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Los Angeles, CA

April 30, 2018, w/Selda and Derek, The Cutting Room, New York, NY

April 23, 2018, w/Selda and Derek, The West End, New York, NY

April 21, 2018, JBHS VMA at Vista Competition, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista, CA

April 15, 2018, Celebration Theatre Presents: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Los Angeles, CA

April 13-14, 2018, JBHS VMA at Burroughs Showcase Competition, Burbank, CA

April 12, 2018, Celebration Theatre Presents: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Los Angeles, CA

April 10, 2018, Play Club Cabaret: The 80’s! (w/Everjohn Feliciano), The Complex Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

April 6, 2018, JBHS VMA at Oceanside Competition, Oceanside, CA

March 28, 2018, w/Bianca Gisselle, The Study, Los Angeles, CA

March 24, 2018, JBHS VMA at Heart of America Competition, Orlando, FL

March 11, 2018, w/Oliver Heimach at Songwriter Sundays, The Fox and Hounds, Los Angeles, CA

March 10, 2018, JBHS VMA at Hart Competition, Santa Clarita, CA

March 1-4, 2018, John Burroughs High School Pop Show 39: Can’t Stop The Feeling, Burbank, CA

Audio/ Video

"Filling Space” by Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor, sung by Eric Krop, produced by Elmo Zapp

"London in the Rain" with Normal Heights, produced by Glen Ballard


"Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)" live, with John Easdale of Dramarama

“MONKEY” from OHEI Productions’ BEATLES EP, produced by Alexander Hall

"Left Behind" from Spring Awakening at the Starlight Bowl

 

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