Dan Wessels is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter and pianist. He is co-composer and co-author for the hit show “50 Shades! The Musical”, now playing Off-Broadway, Las Vegas and to sold out crowds on its North American Tour. International productions are currently underway in Germany and Amsterdam, with a successful production in Paris ending in 2013.
Dan has written music forPaperspace, MFS, and Shiftgig.com. In 2014 Dan completed the score for "LIKE ME: A Documentary About Social Media", which delves into how comedians uses social media in today's creative economy. Dan's music was heard at the 2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival in “The Plan”, a short film by Brendan Kelly and Alex Cyganowski.
In Los Angeles, Dan works as composer and music director for hit live shows. "Undateable", Second City Hollywood's smash hit comedy, plays to sold-out houses every week since it opened in May 2013. It has a dynamic and energetic score written and performed live by Dan each Friday night. "#DateMe", a 2 act version of "Undateable", is being developed with Second City Chicago.
"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.
Dan is music director for the music improv group Baby Wants Candy in Los Angeles. 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, and 2014.
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 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").