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If you've come this far, you probably already know that I am principally an orchestrator for Broadway, other theater, recordings, concerts and film. To answer your questions about what I do, use the links above.
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2017 Drama Desk Nomination (Best Orchestrations):
TONY and Drama Desk Awards: The Light in the Piazza
Shen Family Foundation
War Paint (Frankel, Korie, Wright; Michael Greif; Nederlander Theatre, Broadway)
The Trouble with Doug (Maté/Aronson)
The Grapes of Wrath (Ricky Ian Gordon/Michael Korie)
Amélie (Messé, Tysen)
War Paint (Frankel, Korie)
Amélie (Messé/Tysen/Lucas; Walter Kerr Theater, Broadway)
Legendale (Daley/Bienstock; Fredericia Teater, Denmark)
Hairspray (Live) ("Miss Baltimore Crabs" and "Velma's Revenge" w/Kristin Chenoweth)
Something Rotten (Broadway)
October Sky (Michael Mahler, Marsha Norman and Aaron Thielen; Old Globe)
First Daughter Suite (Michael John LaChiusa)
Assassins (Stephen Sondheim; Jamie Lloyd, dir.)
"...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." (Isherwood, NY Times)
Urinetown (West End, London)
"...even better than the Broadway production I saw back in 2001 - it’s sharp, smart, funny and disturbing."
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27 -- An opera in 5 Acts
"A Hit is a Hit is a Hit"... a "superlative world premiere"... "taut, witty and affecting" (Opera Today)
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Amélie (Messé, Tysen)
On the Twentieth Century (4 songs: "Five Zeros", "Our Private World", "Because of Her", "Max Jacobs")
Something Rotten (1 song: "Right Hand Man")
On the Town (1 song: "Gabey's Comin')
27 - An Opera in Five Acts
Far From Heaven (Michael Korie/Scott Frankel)
Frankel's music and Korie's lyrics soar again and again and again; Far From Heaven offers a feast of glorious musical theatre writing.
Giant (Michael John LaChiusa)
"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."
"Giant is a big step forward for the American musical."
"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. It's one man's opinion but makes for an interesting read: Read the NY Sun editorial here