daniel zaitchik

singer-songwriter + theatremaker

My New Album Campaign

My goal in 2019 is to record a new album. Truthfully it's been my goal for the past 5 years, but record-making is a long, expensive endeavor, and a tough project to undertake alone.  I've been shy about hopping on the crowd-funding train, but in the spirit of the new year, I'm finally going for it. Gulp! / Hooray!

The new album, which I'm calling NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, will be a collection of intimate songs inspired by nature, and I hope you will connect with it.  Please click on my Indiegogo campaign below. Pledging is a way to support and pre-order the record with whatever amount you are moved to give.  

Crowdfunding allows independent musicians to create work we're passionate about and stay directly connected to the folks who are interested in listening to it.  The magnitude of your pledge of any size is profoundly helpful.  Thank you so much for considering being a part of the making of this album & here's to a healthy & music-filled 2019.  

The Costume now playing

My one-kid, one-act musical The Costume has started performances Off-Broadway at the Barrow Group Theatre - as part of Inner VoiceS: three solo musicals. You can get special discounted tickets HERE. The show runs through November 17th.

Finn Douglas in  THE COSTUME

Finn Douglas in THE COSTUME

The Costume

My new short musical The Costume will be part of the 2018 installment of Inner Voices, a biennial series of one-act solo musicals. Performances begin October 22nd at The TBG Mainstage Theatre in Manhattan. Tickets HERE.

Halloween, 1954: 10 year old outsider Leo is given the unexpected task of caring for an injured bird overnight. directED by Noah Himmelstein. music direction by Deborah Abramson.

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Jane Eyre

I wrote this song over a decade ago, but only got around to recording and releasing it now.  It's on iTunes and the like today.  It features violin by Ariana Rosen and cello by Lauren Riley Rigby.  We also made a little music video for the tune, shot and edited by Marjorie LeWit.  Most things I wrote this long ago make me cringe, but I still feel a connection with this one, so I figured I'd throw it out there.  Thanks for taking a look and listen.  

Picnic at Hanging Rock at Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals

There will be a staged reading of my musical Picnic at Hanging Rock tomorrow night (Friday, January 13th) at the historic Goodspeed Opera House, directed by Tyne Rafaeli.  Based on the haunting novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock has been a bit of an obsessive passion project for me.  My adaptation has been developed at Lincoln Center Theater and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. The reading tomorrow will include new material.  I'm happy to have the chance to continue to refine this piece which means so much to me.  There has been a resurgence of interest in the novel lately, as 2017 is its 50th anniversary.  Tickets and information HERE.


2016 National Music Theater Conference

Very happy that my musical Darling Grenadine was selected for development at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Music Theater Conference.  I've developed two other projects there, and it's just an incredibly special place to work.  Public readings in July.  Details HERE.  

What I'm working on at the moment.


on the theatre side of things, I'm currently refining my new music-play DARLING GRENADINE, which was recently staged in concert form at rockwell in Los Angeles, and further developed at the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.  

on the music-for-music's-sake side of things, I'm in the middle of recording some new tunes and just shot a little music video.  All coming soon.  

Thank you.