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2017 Drama Desk Nomination (Best Orchestrations): War Paint
Awards: TONY and Drama Desk Awards: The Light in the Piazza (co-award with Ted Sperling and Adam Guettel)
OBIE Award Floyd Collins
Previous nominations: TONY Award: Grey Gardens, Urinetown
Drama Desk: First Daugher Suite, Giant, 9 To 5, Grey Gardens, Floyd Collins, The Sound of Music, Urinetown,The Burnt Part Boys
Other Awards: Shen Family Foundation Musical Theater Leadership Award
Morning Star (Ricky Ian Gordon/William Hoffman) (OnSite Opera, NYC)
The Royal Family (William Finn; John Rando, director)
War Paint (Frankel, Korie, Wright; Michael Greif; Nederlander Theatre, Broadway) Amélie (Messé/Tysen/Lucas; Walter Kerr Theater, Broadway)
The Trouble with Doug (Maté/Aronson) (Fredericia Teater, Denmark)
Legendale (Daly/Bienstock; Fredericia Teater, Denmark)
The Grapes of Wrath (Ricky Ian Gordon/Michael Korie) Opera Theater of St Louis
War Paint (Frankel, Korie) (Ghostlight Records) Click here to view the "Back On Top" teaser video
Amélie (Messé, Tysen) (Parlaphone/Warner Music) Click here to view the "making of" promo video
On the Twentieth Century (4 songs: "Five Zeros", "Our Private World", "Because of Her", "Max Jacobs")
Something Rotten (1 song: "Right Hand Man") (Sh-K-Boom)
On the Town (1 song: "Gabey's Comin'") (PS Classics)
27 - An Opera in Five Acts (Ricky Gordon/Royce Vavrek)
(Stephanie Blythe, Elizabeth Futral. Opera Theatre of St Louis, Michael Christie, conductor) (Albany Records)
1 / 4
Mr. Coughlin's orchestration for "Grey Gardens" is ambrosia — I have been addicted to the CD for months. He has the woodwinds, in particular, burbling and blending and commenting on the songs in an intoxicating way — what that man can do with a bassoon alone. He is a Michelangelo of orchestration.
John McWhorter (Manhattan Institute) in an editorial commentary in the New York Sun (6/14/2007) about the 2007 TONY award for Best Orchestration.
2 / 4
Far From Heaven (Michael Korie/Scott Frankel) (PS Classics)
Frankel's music and Korie's lyrics soar again and again and again; Far From Heaven offers a feast of glorious musical theatre writing...well supported by a stunning set of orchestrations from Bruce Coughlin, who did a similarly fine job on last winter's Giant.
...this superlatively acted production is as thrilling as it is bone-rattling... As nimbly orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin for an eight-piece orchestra, under the lucid musical direction of Alan Williams, it unfurls like a tattered flag rippling in an icy wind.