Mary Sugar spent 11 years as a musical director, pianist, and teacher in New York City, where she worked on and off-Broadway, at Lincoln Center, and in many other venues. She toured around the world as conductor/pianist for Leslie Uggams, and played a concert tour in Italy with Amanda McBroom & George Ball. Mary has worked with Clay Aiken, Connie Francis, James Naughton, Larry Gatlin, Charles Strouse, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, Marni Nixon, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Barbara Cook, Martin Vidnovic, Sandy Duncan, Bruce Vilanche, The Diamonds, The Drifters, Lillias White, Adrian Zmed, Charo, Cathy Rigby, The Irish Tenors, Shirley Jones, Lonny Price and many, many others. Mary has taught at New York University, Mannes College of Music, Fordham University, Pace University, Musical Theater Works Conservatory, and many other places; teaching classes in musical theater performance, scene study, and audition technique. She also played keyboards for the national tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, The King and I, The Producers, Peter Pan (with Cathy Rigby), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweet Charity (with Molly Ringwald), Annie (with Conrad John Shuck), Monty Python's Spamalot, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Elton John’s Aida.
While in Syracuse for several years, local audiences saw her join the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for the Broadway Pops Concerts, and at Syracuse Stage, she was the associate musical director and pianist for West Side Story, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, Jacques Brel, and Blues in the Night. She was the musical director for the S.U. Drama/SSO production of The Music Man, and served as the musical director and/or pianist for many central New York productions, including Salt City Center’s Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Phantom, Evita & A Chorus Line; STAR Production’s The Secret Garden; Cazenovia Theater Company’s I Do, I Do; S.U.N.Y. Cortland’s Into The Woods, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago, and A Little Night Music, and the S.U. Drama Department’s productions of Falsettos, Ain’t Misbehavin, Jerry’s Girls, Into The Woods, and the Central New York Premieres of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Mary is also a certified Reiki and Karuna Master.
While Mary lived in the Washington, D.C. area, she worked for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Theatre, the D.C. Cabaret Network, Washington Savoyards, American Century Theater, Montgomery College, and other venues. She played for The Kennedy Center’s productions of Broadway: Three Generations and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Studio Theatre’s production of Adding Machine, and Arena Stage’s production of Oklahoma. She also played rehearsals for If/Then, starring Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp, in its pre-Broadway run at The National Theatre.
Mary continues to travel and work throughout the world.