brucecoughlin.com

Bruce Coughlin

Welcome to my Web Site!

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.

Music Clips on the Audio page!
MP3 clips of my orchestrations from various projects.
Check them out! Click here

Awards:

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: Giant, 9 To 5, Grey Gardens,
Floyd Collins, The Sound of Music, Urinetown,
The Burnt Part Boys

Shen Family Foundation
Musical Theater Leadership Award

Breaking News:

Urinetown to transfer to the West End!
The popular revival directed by Jamie Lloyd (with newly expanded orchestrations) moves to the Apollo in September. Don't miss it!

Coming Up:

Morning Star (Ricky Ian Gordon; Cincinnati Opera)

Elmer Gantry (Mel Marvin. Eric Schaeffer, dir.)

Ever After (Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler; Papermill Playhouse)

Recent:

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)

Urinetown (London)
(first-ever UK production, with expanded orchestration. Directed by Jamie Lloyd. At the St James)

"...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)

Click here to view the 30-second promo video

A Room With A View (Stock, Acito) (5th Ave, Seattle)
mp3's on the Audio page!

A Second Chance (Ted Shen, Public Theater)

Big Fish (Broadway)
Not my show, but I helped out and orchestrated the circus segment ("Closer To Her") and the War/USO segment ("Red, White and True") plus a bunch of reprises and scene changes.

Esaura (John Bucchino, Mads Æbeløe Nielson) (Fredericia Teater, Denmark)

Recent CD Releases:

Check out MP3's here.

Big Fish (Andrew Lippa)
Broadway Records ("Closer To Her" and
"Red, White & True")

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

Audra McDonald: Go Back Home
Nonesuch Records; Doug Petty, producer.

I orchestrated Migratory V (Guettel), Make Someone Happy, Go Back Home (with Larry Hochman) and two new songs by Michael John LaChiusa from Marlene Dietrich's ABC's
("V: Virtue" and "M: Married Life")

"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