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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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TONY and Drama Desk Awards: The Light in the Piazza
Shen Family Foundation
Morning Star (Ricky Ian Gordon, William M. Hoffman; Cincinnati Opera)
On the 20th Century (Broadway)
Something Rotten (Broadway)
On The Town (current Broadway revival. John Rando, dir.)
Amélie (Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, Craig Lucas)
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:
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."
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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