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Musical Director

Jordan Li-Smith

Jordan is a composer/playwright, as well as an award winning musical director and orchestrator, working mainly in London, both on & off the West End. He is currently Assistant Musical Director for the Donmar Warehouse’s production of City of Angels, playing at the Garrick.

Training: Royal Academy of Music (PGDipRAM), Sir Elton John Scholarship & Help Musicians UK. Alumni of the National Youth Music Theatre and The Hammond. Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM).

As Composer/Playwright: Left Behind: Women of the War, a song cycle (premiere at Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland). Jordan is currently working on several projects, including an adaption of a successful children’s novel.

As Musical Director: the UK première of Dave Malloy’s Preludes (Southwark Playhouse); Amour (Charing Cross – nominated, Off West End Award for Best Musical Director); the world première of The Assassination Of Katie Hopkins (Theatr Clwyd – winner, BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Musical Direction; winner, Best Musical Production in the UK Theatre Awards); Ragtime (Charing Cross – winner, Off West End Award for Best Musical Direction & Best Musical Production); the UK première of Michael John LaChuisa’s Queen Of The Mist (Brockley Jack, transfer to Charing Cross – finalist, Off West End Award for Best Musical Director); NYMT’s Anything Goes, Some Lovers (Other Palace), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Through The Mill (Southwark Playhouse); Bring It On (Bird College); The Addams Family (Chichester University); Sweet Charity (Urdang Academy); Spring Awakening (British Theatre Academy); the UK première of Amour (Royal Academy Of Music – nominated, BroadwayWorld Award for Best Fringe/Regional Musical Direction); The Navigator (Industry Presentation, Phoenix Theatre); Next To Normal (Royal Academy Of Music); Desperate Measures (Jermyn Street); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Guildford School Of Acting); Grand Hotel, Once On This Island (Momentum Performing Arts Academy, UK & Malta Tour); Guest Conductor of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

As Orchestrator: Amour (Charing Cross/Royal Academy Of Music); Some Lovers (Other Palace); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Sweet Charity (Urdang Academy); Co-orchestrator for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

Film: Rocketman (Children’s Casting MD/Featured Cameo)

Recordings: Original London Cast Recording of Queen of the Mist (Musical Supervisor/
Conductor). Jordan made his cabaret debut as part of the My Myra Series at Bishopsgate Institute, with his cabaret My Myra: Songs I Wish I Had Written.

He is Artistic Director of Jord&Co. Productions. – @jordanli_smith