As a youngster, Mr. Breitenbach fondly remembers
both his parents performing in community theatre. His mother
taught him to play mandolin and piano at an early age. Later
he played lead guitar and sang in rock and jazz groups and
won first place in a high school talent contest for
performing songs he had written. In college he studied
architecture and fine arts, collaborated with Jim Morrison
of the Doors on a painting,
and before graduating, won a Rome Prize Fellowship to study
art in Italy.
He eventually made a career for himself
publishing his artwork, and received particular notoriety
for his painting Proverbidioms,
a collection of common proverbs and clichés which
has sold hundreds of thousands of posters and licensed
products and has recently been made into an app. His work
has appeared on popular television shows as set pieces, and
is pictured and discussed in over 30 books.
Breitenbach as he experimented with other art forms,
including the construction of a small fairytale
the Helderbergs, where he lives and works. In the late 80's
Breitenbach wrote an illustrated fantasy novel titled Grumparar's
the New Creatures which
he self-published. By the mid 90's he returned to writing
music, and in
1998, by chance, he was given tickets to an imaginative
premiere of a new musical. He was enchanted with musical
theatre and decided to take on the challenge and the
opportunity to combine the many art mediums he had already
practiced into a comprehensive piece of entertainment.
his first musical, was further developed with the help of
local theatre and music directors, choreographers, and
performers at readings held at his studio and at the New
York State Theatre Institute. Finally, there was a workshop
performance and a CD recording.
After working in isolation in the studio for so
many years, Breitenbach says these were his
He says that theatre folk are particularly happy, and
generous with giving their time to this medium they so love.
He was also touched to experience an audience laughing,
crying, and cheering at a presentation of his art, when the
audiences found at his art openings were so restrained.
recently Mr. Breitenbach was featured on public television’s
more about Mr. Breitenbach at his Website or
in his youth, at the piano.