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Harold Wheeler

Harold Wheeler was born on June 14, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as William Harold Wheeler Jr. He is known for his work on Hairspray (2007), Dreamgirls (2006) and The Kid (2000). He has been married to Hattie Winston since December 16, 1978. They have one child. See full bio »

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Hairspray Music Department
Dreamgirls Music Department
The Kid Music Department


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 2018 The Oscars (TV Special) (musical director) / (orchestrator)
 2017 The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (music arranger)
 2017 The Oscars (TV Special) (music director)
 2016 Hairspray Live! (TV Movie) (original orchestrations by)
 2016 The Oscars (TV Special) (musical director)
 2015 The Oscars (TV Special) (arranger)
  Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (musical director - 110 episodes, 2006 - 2013) (music director - 11 episodes, 2008) (composer - 1 episode, 2011) (music contractor - 1 episode, 2011) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (music arranger - 1 episode, 2010)
- Grand Finale (2013) ... (musical director)
- Two-Night Finale: First Night (2013) ... (musical director)
- The Semifinals (2013) ... (musical director)
- Week 9 (2013) ... (musical director)
- Cher Week (2013) ... (musical director)
 2010 The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (music arranger)
 2008 Christmas in Washington (TV Special) (music arranger)
 2007 Hairspray (orchestrator)
 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (music arranger)
 2006 Dreamgirls (orchestrator: original Broadway production)
 2005 Mississippi Rising (TV Movie documentary) (musical director)
 2004 The 76th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (music arranger)
 2003 CBS at 75 (TV Special documentary) (music arranger)
 2000 The Kid (location music supervisor)
 1997 Snowden on Ice (TV Movie) (music arranger)
 1997 Love! Valour! Compassion! (music arranger) / (orchestrator)
 1995 The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (musical director) / (orchestrator)
 1994 The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (orchestrator)
 1993 A '70s Celebration: The Beat Is Back (TV Special) (musical director)
 1993 Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame (TV Special documentary) (musical director)
 1993 The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala (TV Special) (music arranger)
 1992 Homefront (TV Series) (choral arrangement - 1 episode)
- When the Stars Begin to Fall (1992) ... (choral arrangement)
 1989 Great Performances (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Tap Dance in America (1989) ... (musical director)
  The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode, 1989) (song arranger - 1 episode, 1989)
- Polly (1989) ... (conductor) / (song arranger)
 1986-1987 Nightlife (TV Series) (musical director - 143 episodes)
- Episode #1.187 (1987) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.184 (1987) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.172 (1987) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.171 (1987) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.162 (1987) ... (musical director)
 1986 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- The Gift of Amazing Grace (1986) ... (music: original songs)
 1985 Motown Returns to the Apollo (TV Special) (arranger)
 1983 The Wiz (Video) (musician: keyboards) / (orchestrator)
 1983 The Miss Teen USA Pageant (TV Special) (musical director)
 1973 Don't Play Us Cheap (musical director)
 1973 The Bride (orchestrator)
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He was the musical arranger for Hattie Winston's play, "The Slave Narratives: A Mighty People," in a Bonnie Franklin Classic Contemporary American Plays production at the Broad Stage Theatre in Santa Monica, California. See more »

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Has been nominated for Broadway's Best Orchestrations Tony Award five times: in 1997, with collaborator Don Sebesky for "The Life," in 1999 for "Little Me," in 2000 for "Swing!" in 2001 for "The Full Monty," and in 2003 for "Hairspray."

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