Recent and Upcoming Projects
Annie Live! (Strouse/Charnin) (Now streaming on Peacock). I orchestrated We Got Annie, The Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, NYC, Something Was Missing, and A New Deal for Christmas/Tomorrow Reprise (Bows), among others.
9 to 5 (Parton/Resnick; Jeff Calhoun, dir) (UK Nat'l Tour)
Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony joined forces in the fall of 2019 for a truly epic concert: S&M2. The concert celebrated the 20th anniversary of the legendary 1999 concert (and CD) S&M which had arrangements by Michael Kamen. For this new concert I added orchestrations and arrangements for Metallica songs from the last 20 years: Halo On Fire, Confusion, Moth Into Flame, The Unforgiven III, All Within My Hands, The Day That Never Comes plus a new orchestration of Master of Puppets and a rewrite/reworking of the Geoff Alexander/Michael Kamen chart for Enter Sandman.
Watch it now!
PBS Passport members can stream the film version of S&M2 now through the end of November, 2021 on pbs.org. (Full-length concert and highlights versions available). Or you can purchase the Blue-ray or DVD from the usual sources.
A Man of No Importance (Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens/Terrence McNally) (Classic Stage Company). Directed by John Doyle.
The House (opera) (Ricky Ian Gordon/Lynn Nottage and Ruby Gerber)
(Opera Theater of St Louis) (co-orchestation with the composer) (2023-24 Season)
Knoxville (Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens/Frank Galati) (Asolo Rep - Sarasota, FL). With Jason Daniely, Paul Alexander Nolan, Hannah Elless, Jack Casey. Based on James Agee's A Death in the Family.
The Garden of the Finzi Continis (opera) (Ricky Ian Gordon/Michael Korie)
(New York City Opera and The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene) (co-orchestation with the composer) (January, 2022)
New Year's Eve with Darren Criss and the SF Symphony: I orchestrated two songs for this festive year-end concert: Joni Mitchell's River and John Mayer's St. Patrick's Day.
9 to 5 (Dolly Parton/Resnick; Jeff Calhoun, dir) (Savoy Theatre, London: West End)
October Sky (Mahler/Hill/Thielen) (Japan: Fall, 2021)
S&M2 (Metallica and San Francisco Symphony in concert) (available now on CD, Blue-ray and DVD)
The Flamingo Kid (Frankel/Freedman; Darko Tresnjak, dir)
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Assassins (Stephen Sondheim; Jamie Lloyd, dir.) (Starring Aaron Tveit and Catherine Tate) (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)
Urinetown (West End, London) (first-ever UK production, with expanded orchestration. Directed by Jamie Lloyd. At the Apollo)
"...even better than the Broadway production I saw back in 2001 - it’s sharp, smart, funny and disturbing." "...darkly entertaining and exceptionally sharp show." Charles Spencer, The Telegraph (London)
27 -- An opera in 5 Acts
Ricky Ian Gordon (composer), Royce Vavrek (libretto) Opera Theater of St Louis
"A Hit is a Hit is a Hit"... a "superlative world premiere"... "taut, witty and affecting" (Opera Today)