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Music Clips on the Audio page:
MP3 clips and Playlists (by musical style) of my orchestrations from various projects. Check them out!
2017 Drama Desk Nomination (Best Orchestrations): War Paint
TONY and Drama Desk Awards: The Light in the Piazza (co-award with Ted Sperling and Adam Guettel)
OBIE Award Floyd Collins
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
Shen Family Foundation Musical Theater Leadership Award
30 Años de Navidad MISI Productions (Bogotá, Colombia)
Gran Concierto Davivienda de Navidad (Bogotá, Colombia) (85 musicians!) (MISI Productions)
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 (Daley/Bienstock; Fredericia Teater, Denmark)
The Grapes of Wrath (Ricky Ian Gordon/Michael Korie) Opera Theater of St Louis
Check out MP3's here.
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)
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. (Steven Suskin: "On the Record", Playbill Online)
Giant (Michael John LaChiusa) Sh-k-boom/Ghostlight
"We should also make special mention of the orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin. These are not just song orchestrations; they are a full musical tapestry and highly impressive." (Steven Suskin: "On the Record", Playbill Online)
"Giant is a big step forward for the American musical." "as big as Texas -- and all heart"
Dallas Morning News
"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.