About BMT

About BMT

BOSTON MUSICAL THEATER, based in Newton MA for 36 years is suspending operations. BMT is a vocal and instrumental ensemble specializing in the performance of cabarets and programs of classic American popular music both in the States and abroad. Permanent members of the group are Charlotte Kaufman, founder and director, Dan Loschen, pianist and musical director, Mara Bonde and David Ripley, vocals, Bertram Lehmann, percussion and Rich Appleman, bass.  Frequent guest appearances by Jennifer Sheehan, vocals, greatly enhanced our ensemble. Some of the outstanding singers and instrumentalists who performed with BMT were vocalists Christian Figueroa, Patrice Wiliamson, Tynan Davis, and Allen Bonde, pianist. Other guest artists’ bios can be found under Artists on this website.

Excerpts from the Press

"Simple and skillful.....a tight musical ensemble."

-The New York Times

"A sheer delight!"

-The Boston Globe

"Without compare...This group of joyful musicians, under Charlotte Kaufman, constitutes yet another limb of the burgeoning authentic performance movement."

-The Washington Post

A Message from the Director

Boston Musical Theater has ceased operations as of July 2012. We cannot say goodbye to one another, or to our audience, without thanking all of you for your years of commitment to BMT and for coming to hear us time and again. It as been, in David Ripley’s words, “a remarkable musical journey.” As artists we have lived and worked together, traveled to foreign lands where we performed American music for international audiences and taught master classes to Russian and Korean students.

Here, at home, we have performed in several colleges and retirement homes as well as in our public venues. Beginning with our rehearsals we have all enjoyed working together, always learning from one another. We have worked with many distinguished guest artists but the core group, Mara Bonde, David Ripley, Dan Loschen (our musical director and arranger), Rich Appleman and Bertram Lehmann have built the solid foundation upon which we stand with pride.

I salute them all and thank them for the many years they have consistently turned my musical fantasies into an audible reality.

Charlotte Kaufman


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