He’s offensive. He’s irreverent. And he’s barely legal.
Billy Recce is an award-winning writer, composer and performer living in New York City. He is probably the most well-known Billy from Long Island. In 2006, at the age of 8, he made his Long Island community theatre debut as the Tin Man in The Wizard Oz.; his career has never exceeded the success of that performance.
His show “Balloon Boy: The Musical” has been presented at the Kraine Theatre (NYC), The International Thespian Festival (Lincoln, NE), Monarch High School (Fort Collins, CO) and Theatre Row (NYMF). It has won the 2014 Thespian Musicalworks Award (sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide), and its world premiere production, at a high school just a few miles away from where the “Balloon Boy” event actually occurred, was featured on CBS, NBC, FOX News, NPR, Colorado Public Radio, TIME.com, the LA Times and beyond. At 17, he was the youngest writer to ever get selected for the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival, a production that was featured on Timeout’s “11 Shows You Should Catch at NYMF” and Playbill’s “Top Ten Shows Not To Miss At NYMF”. In October 2017, Green Room 42 launched their New Writers Series with a concert version of the show.
His musical “Wally Weasel’s G.O.P Jamboree!” had its world premiere production at Fordham University in October 2016. His next musical, “The Charlatans“, premiered at Fordham University in February 2018. His mini-musical “Duo/Trio” was presented by the Motor Company in June 2018, and his musical “Dimes” will premiere at Fordham in February 2019. “A Musical About Star Wars“, for which he wrote music and lyrics, began performances at Theatre Row on March 14. The show, which is still running, has been hailed as “an irreverent tribute to the entire Star Wars franchise, where nothing is sacred or off limits for parody, yet done so with a loving hand” by VitalThrills.com.
As a singer-songwriter, his concert “Songs To Pop Balloons To: The Music of Billy Recce” played at the York Theatre Company in August 2016. In July 2017, he made his 54 Below Debut with “The Perks of Being A Snowflake: Songs by Billy Recce“, a series that has since been presented five times across the city. Guest performers in his rotating “Snowflake” songbook series include Natalie Weiss, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Sam Underwood and Lindsay Nicole Chambers. Of the series, Cabaret Scenes has written “If you see Recce’s name appearing on a club’s schedule, go.” Broadway Radio said “(Billy Recce) is the most promising songwriter I’ve heard in a long long long long time. If he comes back to feinsteins/54 below, or if he’s anywhere east of the Mississippi and north of the mason Dixon line, go see Billy Recce. He’s really that good.”
He is currently the Head Writer and Composer of BroadwayWorld’s award winning, musical web-series “Rachel Unraveled”, featuring Chad Kimball, Jon Rua, William Youmans, Olivia Caridi and more, and currently contributes writing for “The Birds and The BS with Jordan Roth“, co-authoring songs for Mandy Patinkin, Titus Burgess, Laura Benanti, and more . His songs have also been heard at other various venues across Manhattan, including The Duplex, Irish Rep, The Metropolitan Room, A Little New Music, Don’t Tell Mama’s, Ars Nova and Tune In Time, and has contributed additional musical material to Off-Broadway’s “NEWSical”.
In 2017, Recce was the recipient of the York Theatre Company’s NEO Award. In 2018, his song “Go Into Finance” received the MAC Award for Best Comedy/Novelty song. Most recently, his song “Be Kind To The Kid In The Trench Coat” was nominated for the 2019 MAC Award in the same category. In October 2018, his debut album “The Perks of Being A Snowflake” was released on all music platforms.
As a playwright, he is the winner of the 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Award for HAPPY, and his other plays have been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre and the 2014 NYSTEA conference. In addition, his other works extensively cover social justice, have been recognized by the United Nations, and were performed at various venues and social justice events across New York.
Billy is currently a senior in the prestigious playwriting program at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. He is a proud member of ASCAP and is represented by the literary department at Paradigm.
He is currently working on a musical about Rudolph Valentino with Tony-Nominated director Robert Longbottom. He also knows all the choreography to Newsies by heart. He would do it for you now, but he hasn’t stretched.