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Bruce Coughlin was orchestrator and arranger for the Metallica mega-concert S&M2 with the San Francisco Symphony at the new Chase Center in SF. He supplemented the legendary Michael Kamen orchestrations from the 1999 concert with six new orchestrations of songs from the past 20 years along with a new orchestration of Master of Puppets and a revision of the 1999 Enter Sandman chart.

He has created the orchestrations for over 100 shows, on Broadway and off, including How to Dance in Ohio, War Paint and Amélie on Broadway, Dolly Parton's 9 To 5, Giant, and Grey Gardens. He co-orchestrated The Light in the Piazza, orchestrated the memorable Floyd Collins, the Broadway hit Urinetown and the Grammy Award-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Other Broadway shows include: Guys and Dolls (2009 Broadway revival), The Wild Party (LaChiusa), On the Town (1998 revival), The Sound of Music, Triumph of Love, Once Upon A Mattress and The King & I. He has also contributed orchestrations to the recent Broadway hits Something Rotten, On the Twentieth Century and On the Town (2014 revival). On television he was most recently part of the orchestration team for Annie Live! on NBC.

Other credits include two recent Ahrens and Flaherty musicals (Knoxville and a revival of A Man of No Importance), The Flamingo Kid (Freedman/Frankel; dir. by Darko Tresnjak), newly expanded orchestrations for Urinetown in London (West End), the 2014 hit production of Sondheim's Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory (London), First Daughter Suite (Michael John LaChiusa; Public Theater (co-orchestrator)), A Room With A View (5th Ave, Seattle), Tales of the City (ACT, San Francisco) and Children of Eden (Papermill Playhouse and BMG recording). He co-orchestrated Miss Baltimore Crabs from Hairspray (the movie) with Marc Shaiman. In the opera world he has co-orchestrated (with the composer) five operas by Ricky Ian Gordon including The Grapes of Wrath, The Garden of the Finzi Continis and 27.

Bruce was principal arranger for the Disney epic Fantasia 2000 and has worked with singers such as Darren Criss, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Renée Fleming, Nadine Sierra, Darius de Haas, and others. He has won a TONY award, Drama Desk award and an OBIE. He has also received two additional TONY nominations and ten additional Drama Desk nominations.

On Broadway now: How to Dance in Ohio (Melocik/Yandura; dir: Cannold). Coming up: The House (opera by Ricky Ian Gordon with libretto by Lynne Nottage and Ruby Gerber) and American Eclipse by Michael John LaChiusa.


Orchestrations and Arrangements:

("Miss Baltimore Crabs")
New Line Pictures co-orchestration with Marc Shaiman, composer.
Fantasia 2000 Disney Feature Animation Chicago Sym;
James Levine, conductor
Annie Live! NBC TV We Got Annie, NYC, Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, others
Hairspray (Live) NBC TV Miss Baltimore Crabs, Velma's Revenge
The Wiz NBC TV Additional Orchestrations
Wonder Pets "Save Humpty Dumpty" NickJr. Martin Erskine, composer.

How to Dance in Ohio Belasco Theater Melocik/Yandura
Cannold, dir.
War Paint Nederlander Theatre Frankel/Korie/Wright
Greif, dir.
Amélie Walter Kerr Theater Messé/Tysen/Lucas
McKinnon, dir.
Something Rotten 1 song ("Right Hand Man") Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick
On the 20th Century Additional Orchestrations: "Five Zeros", "Because of Her", "Our Private World", "Max Jacobs" Roundabout Theater
On The Town Additonal Orchestration "Gabie's Comin'" Bernstein, Comden and Green
Big Fish Additional Orchestations: "Red, White and True", "Closer To Her", scene changes. Andrew Lippa;
Susan Stroman, dir.
Scandalous Neil Simon Gifford, Friedman, Pomeranz
9 to 5 Marquis Theater Dolly Parton
Guys and Dolls Niederlander Theater Des McAnuff, dir
Grey Gardens Walter Kerr Theater Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, Michael Korie
Lestat (additional orchestrations) Elton John
The Light in the Piazza (additional orchestrations) Adam Guettel
Gypsy (additional orchestrations) Styne/Sondheim/Laurents
Urinetown Hollmann, Kotis
The Wild Party Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe
Annie Get Your Gun Marquis Theater (Bernadette Peters) Graciela Daniele, dir.
On the Town NY Shakespeare Festival Bernstein, Comden and Green; George C. Wolfe, dir.
The Sound of Music ('98 Drama Desk Nominee: Best Orchestrations)
Triumph of Love Jeffrey Stock
Once Upon A Mattress Mary Rodgers/Marshall Barer
The King and I 1996 Revival Rodgers and Hammerstein
Is There Life After High School? Musical Dir and Orchestrator Craig Carnelia/Jeffrey Kindley

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Billy Strayhorn: Something to Live For Pittsburgh Public Theater Strayhorn/Ellington/Zellers/Gash
Kent Gash, dir.
Going' Hollywood WaterTower Theater, Dallas Kole/Krane
Gabariel Barre, dir.
A Man of No Importance Classic Stage Company Flaherty/Ahrens/McNally
John Doyle, dir.
Knoxville Asolo Rep Flaherty/Ahrens/Galati
A Hero's Tale Fredericia Teater, Denmark Bacon/Nielsen/Blair
The Flamingo Kid Hartford Stage Freedman/Frankel
Urinetown (expanded orchestration!) Fredericia Teater, Denmark Kotis/Holmann
The Rivals Bristol Riverside Theater Weiner/Kellogg
Ordinary Days Clurman Theater NYC Adam Gwon
Ella Es Colombia Bogotá, Colombia MISI Productions
The Royal Family of Broadway Barrington Stage William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin
30 Años de Navidad Bogotá, Colombia MISI Productions
The Trouble With Doug Fredericia Teater, Denmark
(Søren Møller, artistic dir.)
Victoria Clark, dir.
Legendale Fredericia Teater, Denmark
(Søren Møller, artistic dir.)
Simpkins, dir.
Amélie Ahmanson Theater, LA Messé, Tysen, Lucas
October Sky The Old Globe Mahler, Hill & Thielen
War Paint Goodman Theatre, Chicago Frankel, Korie, Wright
Michael Greif, dir.
Rain The Old Globe Michael John LaChiusa
First Daughter Suite Public Theater (co-orchestration with Michael Starobin) Michael John LaChiusa
Amélie Berkeley Rep Messé, Tysen, Lucas
Sense and Sensibility Chicago Shakespeare Theater (co-orchestration with Larry Hochman) Paul Gordon
Bleeding Love Fredericia Teater, Denmark Jason Schafer, Arthur Bacon, Harris Doran
The Sandman
(Ole Lukøje)
Fredericia Teater, Denmark Richard Oberacker, Rob Taylor
Assassins (London) The Chocolate Factory, London Sondheim/Weidman;
Jamie Lloyd, dir.
Urinetown (West End, London) newly expanded orchestrations Hollman/Kotis; Jamie Lloyd, dir.
Elmer Gantry Signature Theater, VA Mel Marvin, Bob Satuloff;
Eric Schaeffer, dir.
A Room With A View 5th Ave Theater, Seattle Jeffrey Stock, Marc Acito. David Armstrong, dir.
A Second Chance Public Theater Ted Shen, composer
Esaura Fredericia Teater, Denmark John Bucchino, music and lyrics;
Mads Æbeløe Nielsen, book and Danish lyric translation.
Far From Heaven Playwrights Horizons Korie/Frankel;
Michael Greif, dir.
Giant Public Theater Pearson/LaChiusa;
Michael Greif, dir.
Finding Neverland The Curve, Leicester, UK Korie/Frankel; Rob Ashford, dir.
Los Otros Mark Taper Forum LaChiusa/Fitzhugh;
Graciela Daniele, dir.
Cloudlands South Coast Rep, CA Adam Gwon
Room With A View Old Globe, San Diego Jeffrey Stock, Mark Acito; Scott Schwartz, dir.
Giant Dallas Center Theater LaChiusa; Michael Greif, dir.
Tales of the City ACT, San Francisco Shears, Garden, Whitty. dir by Jason Moore
Dangerous Beauty Pasadena Playhouse Brourman, McBroom
Johnny Baseball A.R.T. Cambridge Dresser/Reale/Reale, dir. by Diane Paulus
Sycamore Trees Signature Theater Ricky Ian Gordon
The Burnt Part Boys Playwright's Horizons Chris Miller/Nathan Tysen
Pop! Yale Rep Anna K. Jacobs,
Maggie-Kate Coleman
Giant Signature Theatre Michael John LaChiusa
Happiness Lincoln Center Theater Scott Frankel, Michael Korie. Susan Stroman, dir.
9 To 5 Ahmanson Theater, LA Dolly Parton
Unlock'd NYMF Festival Derek Gregor, Sam Carner
The Witches of Eastwick Signature Theatre, VA Dana Rowe, John Dempsey. Eric Schaeffer, dir.
Saving Aimee Signature Theatre, VA David Friedman, David Pomeranz, Kathy Lee Gifford. Eric Schaeffer, dir.
Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep) Shakespeare in the Park Jeanine Tesori, Tony Kushner, George C. Wolfe
Grey Gardens Playwrights Horizons Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, Michael Korie
See What I Wanna See The Public Theater Michael John LaChiusa
Princesses 5th Ave Theater, Seattle Matthew Wilder, David Zippel
R Shomon Williamstown Michael John LaChiusa
Heartland Madison Rep/Majestic Theater (Dallas) Kim D Sherman/Darrah Cloud
Embarrassments Wilma Theater (Philadelphia) Polly Pen, Laurence Klavan
The Thing About Men Promenade Theater Jimmy Roberts, Joe DiPietro
My Life With Albertine Playwright's Horizons Ricky Ian Gordon,
Richard Nelson
Little Fish Second Stage Michael John LaChiusa
Dorian Denver Center James Mellon, Scott DeTurk
Myths and Hymns (new version) Prince Music Theater Philadelphia, PA Adam Guettel
Urinetown (The Musical!) ATA Theater, 54th St Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis
The Night Governess McCarter Theater, Princeton Polly Pen
Candide National Theatre, London
The Shoulder Long Wharf, New Haven
Children of Eden Papermill & BMG Records Stephen Schwartz
Another Midsummer Night AMTF & Goodman
Applause Papermill Playhouse
The Return of Martin Guerre Goodman Theatre, Chicago Leslie Arden
Floyd Collins Playwright's Horizons/AMTF Adam Guettel/Tina Landau
('96 OBIE award winner and Drama Desk Nominee: Best Orchestrations)
Das Barbecü Minetta Lane Theater Warrender/Luigs
States of Independence AMTF, Philadelphia Ricky Ian Gordon/Tina Landau
Casino Paradise AMTF William Bolcom, composer; Koch Int'l CD
Lunch Pittsburgh Civil Light Opera, et al Steve Dorff/John Bettis
Pal Joey (Jujamcyn production, new orchestrations) Huntington Theatre, Boston
The Book of the Night Goodman Theatre, Chicago LouRosen/T. Bishop
Romance In Hard Times NY Shakespeare Festival William Finn

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The Garden of the Finzi Continis NY City Opera and The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene (2021) Ricky Ian Gordon,
Michael Korie
Morning Star Cincinnati Opera (June/July 2015) Ricky Ian Gordon,
William M. Hoffman
27: An Opera in 5 Acts Opera Theater of St Louis (2014) Ricky Ian Gordon,
Royce Vavrek
The Grapes of Wrath Minnesota, Utah Operas (co-orchestrator) Ricky Ian Gordon,
Michael Korie
Rappahannock County Virginia Arts Festival Ricky Ian Gordon,
Mark Campbell
SEND (who are you? i love you) Houston Grand Opera Michael John LaChiusa
Where's Dick? Houston Grand Opera Stewart Wallace/Michael Korie

Audra McDonald Nonesuch Records
Kristin Chenoweth Sony Classical
Darius de Haas PS Classics
Ricky Ian Gordon Nonesuch Records
Mandy Patinkin Nonesuch Records
Craig Rubano
Immortal Beloved Musical Consultant for soundtrack on Sony Classical (Gold Record) London Sym;
Sir Georg Solti, cond.
Arias and Barcarolles (Bernstein) Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor Deutsche Grammaphon
On the Town Bernstein: Michael Tilson Thomas, London Sym Orch Deutsche Grammaphon
A Little Night Music (suite) (with Sid Ramin -- Hollywood Bowl Orch., John Mauceri, cond.)
Lola Painted Smiles Records Claibe Richardson/
Kenward Elmslee

▪ Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony mega-concert S&M2
▪ Bruce Hornsby Project (Michael Tilson Thomas/New World Symphony)
▪ Encores Series, The Thomashefsky Project, American Songbook Series (Lincoln Center), San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops, Seattle Symphony
▪ Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Renée Fleming, Darius de Haas, Nadine Sierra, Mandy Patinkin, Julian Fleisher, others

▪ Tony Award (Best Orchestrations): The Light in the Piazza (co-orchestration with Ted Sperling, Adam Guettel)
▪ Tony Nomination: Grey Gardens and Urinetown
▪ Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Orchestrations): The Light in the Piazza.
▪ Drama Desk Nomination: War Paint, First Daughter Suite, Giant, 9 to 5, Grey Gardens, See What I Wanna See, The Burnt Part Boys, Urinetown, The Sound of Music, Floyd Collins
▪ OBIE Award: Floyd Collins
▪ Obie Award judge 2014-2015 season
▪ Shen Family Foundation Musical Theater Leadership Award


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