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


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 (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)

Click here to view the 30-second promo video

On The Town (current Broadway revival. John Rando, dir.)
(All of the orchestrations are from the original production, but I orchestrated the song "Gabie's Coming" which was cut from the original production and never previously orchestrated. With an orchestra of 28 players!)

Elmer Gantry (Mel Marvin. Eric Schaeffer, dir.)
(Signature Theater, Arlington, VA)

Coming Up:

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

Morning Star (Ricky Ian Gordon; Cincinnati Opera)

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


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)

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)

"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