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Kurt Deutsch is an actor, director, record producer and film producer. He is the Senior Vice President for Theatrical & Catalog Development for Warner/Chappell Music, and President of Sh-K-Boom Records, a division of Warner Arts Music.[1]

Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records

In 2000, Deutsch founded Sh-K-Boom Records, an independent record label that aimed to bridge the gap between pop/rock and theater.[2][3] In 2004, a new musical theater subsidiary of Sh-K-Boom, Ghostlight Records, was created to focus on more traditional scores and cast recordings.[4] As of 2015, the label has over 150 albums in its catalog, including The Book of Mormon (musical), In the Heights, the Original Cast Recording, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and New Off-Broadway Cast Recordings of The Last Five Years, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Something Rotten!, The Bridges of Madison County (musical), Disney’s Newsies (musical), the 2013 revival of Pippin (musical), Cinderella (2013 Broadway production), Next to Normal, the 2009 revival of Hair (musical), Legally Blonde (musical), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (musical), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone and many more Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.[5]

Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, under Deutsch's leadership, have produced and released the debut solo albums of Broadway stars such as Adam Pascal, Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Melissa Errico, Billy Porter, Ben Vereen, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Julia Murney, Ashley Brown, Linda Lavin, Lea Delaria, Anastasia Barzee and Klea Blackhurst.

Under the name Sh-K-Boom Entertainment, Deutsch was the driving force for and a producer of the 2014 film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years (film), written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.[6]

As of 2017, Deutsch joined Warner Music Group as a Senior Vice President for Warner/Chappell Publishing,[7] and executive for Warner Arts on the label side.[8]

Awards and honors

As producer, Deutsch received his first Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2009 for The Original Broadway Cast Album In The Heights along with fellow producers Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman.[9] He has since received two more Grammy Awards for Best Musical Show Album for The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording[10] and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.[11]

A full list of Grammy Award wins and nominations for Sh-K-Boom/ Ghostlight Records are as follows:


  • Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas





  • Hair – 2009 Broadway Revival Cast Recording



Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight were awarded a special 2006 Drama Desk Award for dedication to the preservation of musical theatre through original cast albums.[13]


As an actor Deutsch appeared on Broadway in Broadway Bound, A Few Good Men,[14] he appeared off broadway and in regional theatres around the country. He was a series regular on the television series The Human Factor and Winnetka Road, and he guest starred on Sex and the City, Law & Order, Quantum Leap, Matlock, and Models Inc. His film roles included The Eye of the Storm, The First To Go and Labor Pains .[15]


  1. ^ "Warner Music Group Establishes New Arts Division – Warner Music Group Official Blog". Warner Music Group Official Website. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  2. ^ Feldman, Adam. "Sh-K-Boom time". Time Out. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ Van Buren, Ashley. "Meet Kurt Deutsch, the Man Behind the Cast Recordings of Book of Mormon, and Bring It On". Theatermania. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "New Moon Concert Cast Album Will Shine on Ghostlight Label in Fall". Playbill. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Vinyl Edition of THE LAST FIVE YEARS Film Soundtrack to be Released Next Month". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  6. ^ Wontorek, Paul. "With a Grammy Win and a Big Screen Last Five Years Launch, Kurt Deutsch is Having a Good Week". Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Kurt Deutsch Named SVP, Theatrical & Catalog Development for Warner/Chappell Music – Latest News | Warner/Chappell Music". Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  8. ^ "Warner Music Group Establishes New Arts Division – Warner Music Group Official Blog". Warner Music Group Official Website. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  9. ^ " – 51st Annual Grammy Awards Nominee List". Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "Book of Mormon Wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Grammys 2015: Carole King musical 'Beautiful' wins". LA Times. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  12. ^ Glasco, Kaeley. "Grammys 2015: Best Musical Theater Album nominees". AXS. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  13. ^ "2006 – Drama Desk Awards – Press Releases". Archived from the original on October 1, 2006. Retrieved November 5, 2006.
  14. ^ "Kurt Deutsch on IBDB". Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Kurt Deutsch on". Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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