Kitt attended Byram Hills Large School in Armonk, NY, where he participated in various theatrical productions. He graduated in 1992. He then attended Columbia College, New York City, graduating with a degree in economics in 1996. During his time at Columbia, Kitt was also a member of the Columbia Kingsmen.
Kitt composed the music for the musicals High Fidelity and Next to Normal and the play From Up Here.
He met Brian Yorkey while they were both students at Columbia University, and they attended the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop as a group. He won the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Score, and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music; and Tony Awards for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre and Best Orchestrations, all for his rock score to Next to Normal. He also shared the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Brian Yorkey for Next to Normal. The Pulitzer Board known as it “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental disease in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.”
Kitt has also been a music director and conductor on Broadway given that 2002, beginning with the musical Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical. He was the music supervisor for the Sherie Rene Scott musical Everyday Rapture, which ran at Second Stage Theatre in 2009. He is the music supervisor, orchestrator and music arranger for the musical American Idiot, which opened on Broadway in March 2010.
He composed the score for the Public Theatre Shakespeare in the Park (New York City) production of The Winter’s Tale, which ran in July 2010. The New York Times reviewer wrote that “His score is a triumph of the considerably less-is-far more approach to incidental music.”
His clean musical, Bring It On, a musical adaption of the film, was a collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Amanda Green and playwright Jeff Whitty. The musical premiered at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, running from January 15, 2011 to February 20, 2011.
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