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 After Hours Theatre Company’s Dogfight; tick, tick…BOOM!; and I Love You Because as well as Celebration Theatre’s The View Upstairs and the multiple Ovation Award-winning 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; electro-rock band Anabot; and Broadway stars Lindsay Mendez and Emma Hunton.


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), and producer/arranger Elmo Zapp.


Other LA theater credits:

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

A Walk To Remember: The Musical (Prospect Theatre)

Cruel Intentions The Musical (Prospect Theatre)

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

January 13, 2018, The Laramie Project, Los Osos High School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

January 11, 2018, w/Jared Grimble, Ocean Prime Restaurant, Beverly Hills, CA

December 17, 2017, Lindsay Mendez… Back From Broadway, The Beverly O’Neill Theater, Long Beach, CA

November 28, 2017, Joy! With JBHS VMA, Garry Marshall Theatre, Burbank, CA

November 17-19, 2017, The Laramie Project, John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA

November 15, 2017, Bill Farmer's 65th Birthday Party / Anabot LP Release Show, The Federal NoHo, Los Angeles, CA

September 16-November 12, 2017, Celebration Theatre Presents: The View Upstairs, Los Angeles, CA

November 6, 2017, Selda and Derek and Friends, The Duplex, New York, NY

October 26, 2017, w/Time Bandits, The Lexington Bar, Los Angeles, CA

October 22, 2017, Selda and Derek and Eric at the Rockwell, Los Angeles, CA

October 17, 2017, Songwriters Showcase (w/Alex Hall and Selda & Derek), Bar Lubitsch, West Hollywood, CA

October 13-15, 2017, Burroughs on Broadway, John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA

September 17, 24, 2017, Young and Beautiful: The Songs of Lana Del Rey, Three Clubs, Los Angeles, CA

June 28-August 27, 2017, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA

August 19, 2017, John Burroughs High School Alumni Pop Show, Burbank, CA

August 11, 2017, w/Brooke Ansley, Peppermint Club, West Hollywood, CA

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

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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