Director & Writer - Book, Music & Lyrics
Bruce Kimmel is a legendary Grammy-nominated producer of theatre music on CD, having produced over 180 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for producing the revival cast album of Hello, Dolly! and his album with jazz pianist Fred Hersch, I Never Told You, was also nominated for a Grammy. He has produced solo albums for Petula Clark, Helen Reddy, Jason Graae, Liz Callaway, Christiane Noll, Rebecca Luker, Brent Barrett, Sally Mayes, Judy Kaye, Judy Kuhn, and many others. His label, Kritzerland, issues soundtracks and theater music. For the past five years he has been producing and hosting a series of live entertainments based on the albums he’s produced, called Kritzerland at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal, which feature incredible singers and fun guest stars. The shows occur on the first Sunday of every month at The Federal nightclub in North Hollywood.
His musical, The Brain From Planet X (written with David Wechter) has been seen in Los Angeles, New York, and the United Kingdom, and is now being performed regionally all over the country, including its first performance in French in Montreal. He is also the creator, writer, and director of the popular web series, Outside the Box. His song “Simply” recently won the Mac Award for Best Song of the Year. He recently directed rave-reviewed productions of the musicals Li’l Abner and Inside Out.
Mr. Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, The First Nudie Musical (available on a Special Edition Blu-ray). He also co-created (with David Wechter) the story for the hit film, The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Mr. Kimmel is the author of fifteen books – his acclaimed Benjamin Kritzer trilogy (Benjamin Kritzer, Kritzerland, and Kritzer Time), the mysteries Writer’s Block and Rewind, his six Adriana Hofstetter mysteries (Murder At Hollywood High, Murder At the Grove, Murder At the Hollywood Historical Society, Murder At the Masquers, Murder at the School Musical, Murder at the Hollywood Division) his collection of short fiction, How To Write A Dirty Book and Other Stories, and two memoirs, “There’s Mel, There’s Woody, and There’s You”: My Life In The Slow Lane, and Album Produced By... More of my Rollercoaster Life.
As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s, including The Partridge Family (recurring), Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, MASH, Alice, and many others, including leading roles in several pilots for all three of the major networks.