John Bucchino was born in South Philadelphia and moved to Palm Springs, California when he was 12. Bucchino began writing songs when he was in high school and moved to Los Angeles after college. Bucchino does not read music and learned to play piano by ear. He originally wanted to become a singer/songwriter like Elton John or Billy Joel. However, Bucchino began his career as an accompanist in the mid 1980’s. Bucchino continued to write music while working as an accompanist. His work was seen by Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz, both of whom recommended Bucchino begin writing for theatre. Bucchino moved to New York City in 1992 and began his pursuit of writing songs for musicals. His music has been featured in Broadway revues and in concerts such as Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Some of his most important works include Urban Myths (1998), Lavender Girl (2000), It’s Only Life (2006), and A Catered Affair (2008).
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