King David features music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Tim Rice (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King). The production originally premiered on May 18, 1997 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theater. The musical is based on biblical tales from the books of Samual and 1 Chronicles, as well as text from David's Psalms. It celebrates the journey of a biblical monarch from his humble beginnings as a poor shepherd boy to his ultimate place as ruler of a great nation. The production will be directed by William Wesbrooks. The cast and orchestra will feature the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.