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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.
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2016 Drama Desk Nomination (Best Orchestrations):
TONY and Drama Desk Awards: The Light in the Piazza
Shen Family Foundation
Something Rotten (Broadway)
War Paint (Frankel/Korie/Wright) (with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole; dir: Michael Greif) (Goodman Theater)
Grey Gardens (Ahmanson heater, LA: starring Betty Buckely and Rachel York)
Sense and Sensibility (Old Globe, 2016)
October Sky (Michael Mahler, Marsha Norman and Aaron Thielen; Old Globe)
Amélie (Messé/Lucas; Ahmanson Theatre, L.A.)
The Trouble with Doug (Maté/Aronson) and Legendale (Daly/Bienstock)
Here's a link to an interview I did while orchestrating ELMER GANTRY down at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia. It's a "Quick 5" for the Maryland Theater Guide:
Rain (Old Globe)
Prelude (Dido and Aeneas) (Michael John LaChiusa)
Grey Gardens (UK premier: Southwark Playhouse)
First Daughter Suite (Michael John LaChiusa)
Amélie (Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, Craig Lucas)
On the 20th Century (Broadway)
On The Town (recent Broadway revival. John Rando, dir.)
Morning Star (Ricky Ian Gordon, William M. Hoffman; Cincinnati Opera)
Ever After (Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler; Kathleen Marshall, dir.) (Papermill Playhouse)
Sense and Sensibility (Paul Gordon) (co-orchestration with Larry Hochman)
Sandman (Richard Oberacker, Rob Taylor)
Assassins (Stephen Sondheim; Jamie Lloyd, dir.)
"...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)
"...even better than the Broadway production I saw back in 2001 - it’s sharp, smart, funny and disturbing."
Click here to view the 30-second promo video
27 -- An opera in 5 Acts
"A Hit is a Hit is a Hit"... a "superlative world premiere"... "taut, witty and affecting" (Opera Today)
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On the Twentieth Century (4 songs: "Five Zeros", "Our Private World", "Because of Her", "Max Jacobs")
Something Rotten (1 song: "Right Hand Man")
On the Town (1 song: "Gabey's Comin')
27 - An Opera in Five Acts
Big Fish (Andrew Lippa)
Far From Heaven (Michael Korie/Scott Frankel)
Frankel's music and Korie's lyrics soar again and again and again; Far From Heaven offers a feast of glorious musical theatre writing.
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."
"Giant is a big step forward for the American musical."
Audra McDonald: Go Back Home
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
"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