Danny was born in New York City, and raised in Westchester, NY. He began playing the piano at age 3, and began performing in musicals by the age of 10, acting with the Play Group Theatre in White Plains, as well as at his high school, and later Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. He began writing musical theatre songs by his early teens, starting with a song about a girl from summer camp whom he did not get along with. He also began writing short, funny ten-minute plays, two of which went on to win Stagedoor's Dramafest Competition, where he was also given the opportunity to marry his creative tendencies with his authorative ones, and begin directing.
Danny soon matriculated to Cornell University, where he intended to study neurobiology and psychology, in addition to music: an ambitious, delusional undertaking that impressively lasted about halfway into his sophomore year. Eventually, however, Danny dropped his psychology major (twice) to focus his studies entirely on musical theatre. During his time at Cornell, Danny participated in over twenty theatrical productions, as an actor, director, music director, and writer. He was the first student to win the university's annual Heermans-McCalmon playwriting competition twice, as a freshman and a sophomore, and went on to be named the university's Undergraduate Artist of the Year as a senior. His thesis, and first full-length musical Far From Canterbury premiered at Cornell through the department of Performing and Media Arts to a sold out run. That same year, Canterbury went on to be one of three selected for the New Voices Project, through New Musicals Inc., in Los Angeles, California.. This past summer, Canterbury made it's NYC debut through the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival, where it played yet another sold out run, and went on to win the festival's award for 'Overall Excellence of a Musical,' and go on to perform an encore run, Off-Broadway at SoHo Playhouse.
Since the success of Canterbury, Danny has premiered a slew of new songs at Feinstein's/54 Below, and is writing a new musical web-series (details coming soon!), and completing his second year at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He needs cooking lessons, motivation to go to the gym more, and help with his addiction to the word games on his iPhone.