a composer, playwright and director based in Israel
For over two decades, Yaron Kafkafi has been one of the most acclaimed composers, lyricists and playwrights in Israel. He has written over 20 hit musicals earning him the local title “King of Musicals.”
Yaron started his professional career as an actor and comedian. In 1992, he wrote, composed and directed "David - The Musical". ‘David’ ran from 1992-2003 and turned into Israel's first cult musical. ‘David’ had sold out productions throughout the country and launched several of its performers into celebrity status. Following the success of ‘David’, Yaron was commissioned to write and compose the songs for an Israeli adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" .This unique production owns the distinction of being in the Guinness Book of World Records for most performances in one week. It also had its soundtrack published in four different versions (1994, 1999, 2006, 2015).
Since then he has composed or directed a new musical almost every year: "The Prince and The Pauper” with Chaim Topol and Arnon Milchan as producers(1996), "The Heart" (1997), "Hasamba - The Secret Pack" (1998), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1999, 2007, 2017), "King of Siam" (2000, 2012), "King Arthur" (2001), "Speed and his Magic Wheels" (2003), "Peter Pan" (2004, 2012, 2015), "1976" (2006), "The Three Musketeers" (2013), "Noah's Ark" (2016), "The Golden Gate" (2016) and "Born in Jerusalem" (2016), a musical blockbuster based on the autobiography of Yehoram Gaon, Israel's most prestigious and beloved artist.
His original musicals "Living Example" (2004, 2008, 2015) and "Can't Help It" (2007) won the esteemed Autumn Theatre Festival of Tel-Aviv's Best Play award. In 2015, he wrote and composed the musical "Messiah" for the Bat-Yam musical festival and is currently adapting it for Broadway.
On march 2018, Yaron had the privilege of performing his own TED talk in TEDxTel-Aviv, presenting his original theory of The 5 elements of making your dreams come true.
His entire talk is now available though TED websites and apps internationally.
Highlights of press and media reviews 1992-2015