brucecoughlin.com

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:

2016 Drama Desk Nomination (Best Orchestrations):
Michael Starobin and Bruce Coughlin for
First Daughter Suite

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: Something Rotten (Broadway)
Not my show, but I contributed one orchestration: "Right Hand Man" sung by the awesome Heidi Blickenstaff
Coming Up:

Amélie (Messé/Tysen/Lucas; Ahmanson Theatre, L.A.)

Hairspray (Live) ("Miss Baltimore Crabs" and "Velma's Revenge" w/Kristin Chenoweth)

The Trouble with Doug (Maté/Aronson) and Legendale (Daly/Bienstock)
(both Fredericia Teater, Denmark)

Interview:

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:
Click here for interview

Recent:

October Sky (Michael Mahler, Marsha Norman and Aaron Thielen; Old Globe)

War Paint (Frankel/Korie/Wright) (with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole; dir: Michael Greif) (Goodman Theater)

Peter Pan
(co-orchestration with Larry Hochman; Bogotá, Colombia)

Grey Gardens (Ahmanson heater, LA: starring Betty Buckely and Rachel York)

Sense and Sensibility (Old Globe, 2016)
(co-orchestration with Larry Hochman)

Rain (Old Globe)
Michael John LaChiusa/Sybille Pearson

First Daughter Suite (Michael John LaChiusa)
(co-orchestration with Michael Starobin) (Public Theater)

Assassins (Stephen Sondheim; Jamie Lloyd, dir.)
(starring Aaron Tveit and Catherine Tate)
(At the Chocolate Factory, London)

"...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)
(first-ever UK production, with expanded orchestration. Directed by Jamie Lloyd. At the Apollo)
(Winner: BroadwayWorld.com West End Awards: Best New Musical in the West End)

"...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

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)

Recent CD Releases:

Check out MP3's here.

On the Twentieth Century (4 songs: "Five Zeros", "Our Private World", "Because of Her", "Max Jacobs")

Something Rotten (1 song: "Right Hand Man")
(Sh-K-Boom)

On the Town (1 song: "Gabey's Comin')
(PS Classics)

27 - An Opera in Five Acts
(Ricky Gordon/Royce Vavrek)
(Stephanie Blythe, Elizabeth Futral. Opera Theatre of St Louis, Michael Christie, conductor)
(Albany Records. Available now on Amazon)

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

"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