Music Director, Fairy Godfairy
Benjamin Rauhala is one of the Broadway community's most trusted music directors and collaborators. He is the Music Supervisor, co-creator, and ‘Fairy Godfairy’ of Disney Princess - The Concert, touring over 100 cities in North America throughout 2022, and internationally in 2023. He helped conceive and arrange the opening and closing numbers of the 2022 Tony Awards for Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose. Rauhala has toured the world since 2014 as the music director for Jeremy Jordan, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway's Newsies and TV’s ‘Supergirl’, and in 2020, Rauhala was named 'Best Musical Director' at the Broadway World Cabaret Awards.
His Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof, American Psycho, and Pippin. His Off-Broadway credits include Hit List, the meta-musical from the NBC television show Smash, Duncan Sheik’s The Secret Life of Bees and David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into The Fire. He is also the music director for West Side Story Academy Award Winner Ariana DeBose, Halston star Krysta Rodriguez, Tony Award nominees Derek Klena, Jennifer Damiano, Kathryn Gallagher, and Disney Legend Jodi Benson, as well as Nashville star Kyle Dean Massey, Anastasia star Christy Altomare, Smash star Andy Mientus, Moulin Rouge star Ashley Loren, and Frozen stars Caroline Bowman and Austin Colby.
Rauhala co-founded the Write Out Loud songwriting competition with Mean Girls Tony Award nominee Taylor Louderman, which is currently in its fourth season of supporting the next generation of composers. Additionally, he is an Original Programming Producer at 54 Below, where he has created hundreds of sold-out concerts, including the Broadway Loves Series, that has famously honored Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, and many more beloved pop icons. And yes, he is the person who made Jeremy Jordan sing “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” You’re welcome.
He holds a Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano and Percussion from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His preferred pronouns are: he/him/his. Follow him @brauhala!
Ariana DeBose - "This Is Your Round Of Applause" (Tony Awards Opening Number 2022)
Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose ('West Side Story') performs "This Is Your Round of Applause," the opening number of the 2022 Tony Awards, for which she was the host, live at Radio City Music Hall on June 12, 2022. "This Is Your Round of Applause" was arranged by Kurt Crowley and Benjamin Rauhala, and choreographed by Sarah O'Gleby.