Austin Ryan Cook

Music Director - Musician - Actor - Technician

2015-2016 Projects:


Austin is music directing the 2015 National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet! Tour launches in September 2015 in Fort Meyers, FL and is coming to a city near you!

Smash hit rock & roll musical!

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin" On, " "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.

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Austin will be music-directing new musical Magic Treehouse: A Night in New Orleans at the Apollo Theater Chicago!

A Ragtime Romp of a Musical

Beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the “King of Jazz.” This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.

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Austin will be returning to music-direct and star in Ain't Misbehavin' at Stage 773 produced by Porchlight Music Theater Chicago!

Winner of the 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award for "Best Production - Revue," "Best Direction - Revue" for Brenda Didier, "Artistic Specialization" for conductor/pianist Austin Cook and one of Porchlight's biggest hits ever returns with the original cast! Set in the jazz age when nightspots like the Cotton Club and the Savory Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society, this tribute to the Harlem Renaissance is an evening of rowdy, raunchy and humorous songsthat capture the mood of an era. 

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Austin will be music-directing Schoolhouse Rock at the Apollo Theater Chicago!

A Rock'n'Roll Rumpus

Through unforgettable songs such as “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction,” a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the ‘70s back in a hip new way.



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Austin will be music-directing Mary Poppins produced by NightBlue Theater Chicago at Stage 773 Chicago!

A Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious musical!

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. It is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft!

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Austin will be music-directing Little Shop of Horrors produced by American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Chicago!

A Horror Rock Musical unlike any other!

For years, Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter. In the gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. The NY Times says this show "leaves the audience feeling like Audrey II...ravenous for more!" Featuring award-winning actors Michael Mahler (Seymour), Dara Cameron (Audrey), and Ed Kross (Orin).

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Austin will be performing as the pianist/keyboard I player for the World Premiere Pre-Broadway production of War Paint at The Goodman Theater!

Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in a World Premiere musical about two business titans—and their infamous rivalry.

Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20thCentury. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their rivalry was relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men. 

Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy), who “generates more raw excitement than any other performer on Broadway” (The New York Times), and Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), a “first-class, revitalizing master of period style” (The New York Times), go head-to-head in this World Premiere musical about two legendary women who forever changed the business of beauty.

Don’t miss this World Premiere musical from the acclaimed Broadway team of librettist Doug Wright(Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Mermaid); composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven); and director Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then and Grey Gardens).

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