Dan Wessels is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter and pianist.
Dan is co-composer and co-author of "Thrones! The Musical Parody", a hit musical that satirizes "Game of Thrones" and the phenomenon surrounding it. "Thrones! The Musical Parody" is currently playing in Chicago and Los Angeles, following sold-out runs at the 2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals
Dan is also co-composer and co-author for the hit show “50 Shades! The Musical”, now playing at Bally’s in Las Vegas, having playing to sold out crowds Off-Broadway and on its North American Tour. International productions are currently underway in Italy,Spain, Germany and Amsterdam, and Paris
Dan's music can be heard in "Improvising", a sitcom pilot by Micah Sherman that received the Red Arrow Entertainment and Left/Right Development Award at the 2015 New York Television Festival. Dan also worked with Micah Sherman on his In 2014 documentary "LIKE ME: A Documentary About Social Media", a feature-length film directed by Michael Kuell, which delves into how comedians uses social media in today's creative world. Dan has composed music for many corporate clients, including MFS, Paperspace, and Shiftgig.com.
Dan is music director for the music improv group Baby Wants Candy, which performs every month in Los Angeles at Upright Citizen’s Brigade. In addition to years of shows in Chicago, Dan has music directed sold out runs of Baby Wants Candy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Dan composes songs and music directs at many of Los Angeles' biggest comedy theaters, including Upright Citizen's Brigade, Groundlings, and Second City Hollywood. "Undateable", Second City Hollywood's longest running show, playe to sold-out houses every week from May 2013 to December 2016. "Undateable" was expanded to a 2 act show called "#DateMe", which has regular runs at Second City Chicago's UP Theater.
"Puppet Town" is an original sketch show (starring puppets!) created and written by Alex Fox and Rachel Lewis ("The Craft Store", "Odd Squad"). "Puppet Town" features Puppet Mastery by Christian Anderson and Puppet Building by Derek Lux (Ovation Award Winners: Puppet Design – Shrek the Musical), and direction by Megan Grano (Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy, former staff writer - Jimmy Kimmel Live). It plays monthly sold out shows at the NerdMelt showroom. Features original songs written by Alex Fox, Rachel Lewis and Dan Wessels, and an original score written and performed by Dan.
30 Minute Musicals is a Los Angeles theater company that creates new fast-paced musical comedies that feature original songs written by Dan and producer/director Brooke Seguin. "30 Minute Musicals" company members include Tom Lenk ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "The Cabin in the Woods"), Lauren Flans ("Wild 'n Out"), Tommy Hobson and Tara Perry ("The Fresh Beat Band").