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.
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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

Now Playing:

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 Second Chance (Ted Shen, Public Theater)

Coming Up:

A Room With A View (Stock, Acito) (5th Ave, Seattle)

27 -- An opera in 5 Acts
Ricky Ian Gordon (composer), Royce Vavrek (libretto)
Opera Theater of St Louis


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)

Far From Heaven (Frankel/Korie) (Playwrights Horizons, Michael Greif, dir.)

Ever After (Heisler/Goldrich) (Kathleen Marshall, dir.) (orchestrated workshop presentation)

Giant (Michael John LaChiusa, Sybille Pearson;
Michael Greif, dir.)
(Public Theater, NYC)
"Giant is a big step forward for the American musical."
"as big as Texas -- and all heart"
Dallas Morning News

Recent CD Releases:

Check out MP3's here.

Big Fish (Andrew Lippa)
Broadway Records

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)

"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)

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")

Scandalous (Gifford, Friedman, Pomeranz)
Shout! Broadway (David Lai, producer)

"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