Max Wagner




Max Wagner


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 Prospect Theatre’s revival of Cruel Intentions: The Musical on guitar, and bass/guitar doubling for Celebration Theatre’s multiple Ovation Award-winning production of The Boy From Oz. He’s also the guitarist for the award-winning John Burroughs High School show choir pro combo.


As a sideman, Max has played venues throughout the LA/Orange County area, including Hotel Café, Bar Lubitsch, and the Troubadour. 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 are: NYC-based songwriters Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor; NYC-based singer-songwriter Alexander Morgan; yacht rock revivalists Harbor Party; electro-rock band Anabot; and wedding/party band The Shrines.


In the studio, Max has played on dozens of sessions, working with Grammy-winning, legendary producer Glen Ballard, Alexander Hall/OHEI Productions’ BEATLES EP, and producer/arranger Elmo Zapp.


Other LA theater credits:

I Love You Because (After Hours Theatre Company)

tick, tick…BOOM! (After Hours Theatre Company)

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)




Upcoming Shows

Previous Shows

July 16, 2017, A Hunton We Will Go: Starring Emma Hunton, Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

July 13, 2017, w/Anabot, Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA

June 2-25, 2017, After Hours Theatre Company Presents: Dogfight, Hudson Mainstage Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

May 27, 2017, w/Time Bandits, Brewyard Beer Company, Glendale, CA

May 18, 2017, John Burroughs High School Spring Concert, Burbank, CA

May 2, 2017, Hey Good Lookin’: An Evening of Pasek & Paul and more!, Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

April 26, 2017, Sofar Sounds (w/Selda and Derek), Private home, Los Angeles, CA

April 24, 2017, Tricoastal: The Songs of Selda and Derek…and Friends, Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Angeles, CA

April 19, 2017, Songwriters Round (w/Selda and Derek), Bar Lubitsch, Los Angeles, CA

March 2-5, 2017, John Burroughs High School Pop Show 38: Good To Be Alive, Burbank, CA

February 6, 2017, Eric Krop: Adele “25” Live, Bar Lubitsch, Los Angeles, CA

January 31-February 1, 2017, A Walk To Remember: The Musical, Prospect Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

December 16-18, 2016, School of Rock the Musical, Theatre 360, Pasadena, CA

December 12, 2016, Mike Hadge’s Christmas Songs of Christmas (w/Selda and Derek), Bar Lubitsch, Los Angeles, CA

December 9-11, 2016, School of Rock the Musical, Theatre 360, Pasadena, CA

November 27, 2016, Private Birthday Party, Los Angeles, CA

November 11-12, 17-19, 2016, Cruel Intentions the Musical, Prospect Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

October 30, 2016, Spirit Spirit: A Cocktail and Ghost Story Pairing (w/Anabot), Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

October 22, 2016, Private Wedding (w/The Shrines), Greengate Ranch, San Luis Obispo, CA

October 15, 2016, Private Event (w/Harbor Party), Private Residence, Anaheim, CA

October 9-10, 2016, String Lights: The Songs of Selda and Derek, Bar Lubitsch, Los Angeles, CA

October 7-9, 2016, Burroughs on Broadway, John Burroughs High School, 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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