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Orchestrations for Broadway, Theater, Concert and Film

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MP3 clips and Playlists (by musical style) of my orchestrations from various projects. Check them out!

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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

Previous nominations:
TONY Award: Grey Gardens, Urinetown
Drama Desk: First Daugher Suite, Giant, 9 To 5, Grey Gardens, Urinetown, Floyd Collins, The Sound of Music, See What I Wanna See, The Burnt Part Boys

Other Awards:
Shen Family Foundation Musical Theater Leadership Award

The Rivals (Weiner, Kellogg; Eric Tucker, dir)
Ordinary Days (Adam Gwon)
The Flamingo Kid (Frankel, Freedman; Darko Tresnjak, dir)
Renée Fleming CD ("Children Will Listen/You've Got To Be Carefully Taught")
(Decca Classics; Rob Fisher, cond.)
Nadine Sierra CD - There's A Place For Us ("Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair")
(Deutche Grammophon; Robert Spano, cond.)

The Royal Family of Broadway (William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin; John Rando, director. Barrington Stage)
War Paint (Frankel, Korie, Wright; Michael Greif; Nederlander Theatre, Broadway)
Amélie (Messé/Tysen/Lucas; Walter Kerr Theater, Broadway)
Morning Star (Ricky Ian Gordon/William Hoffman) (OnSite Opera, NYC)
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

Check out MP3's here.

Audra McDonald: Sing Happy (1 song: "Make Someone Happy") (Decca Gold)
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)

Press quotes:

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.

(Steven Suskin: "On the Record", Playbill Online)

3 / 4

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)

4 / 4

Assasins (Stephen Sondheim; Jamie Lloyd, dir.) (At the Chocolate Factory, London)

...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)