Six-time Tony nominee Howard Wheeler has been eliminated from the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. The Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, which is made up of 28 members, has been let go from the hit ABC show after 17 seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Our talented music director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars," said BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC in a statement. "Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck.”
The move was allegedly the result of an attempt to appeal to a younger audience for the long-running dance competition show.
Wheeler received Tony nominations for his orchestrations of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Swing, Little Me and The Life.