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:

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:

Sandman (Richard Oberacker, Rob Taylor)
(Fredericia Teater, Denmark)

On the 20th Century (Broadway)
Not my show, but I helped out and orchestrated four songs: Five Zeros, Because of Her, Our Private World and Max Jacobs. Go see it!

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!)

Coming Up:

Bleeding Love
(Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, Harris Doran, Jason Schafer) (Fredericia Teater, Denmark)

Sense and Sensibility (Paul Gordon) (co-orchestration with Larry Hochman)

Ever After (Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler; Kathleen Marshall, dir.) (Papermill Playhouse)

Morning Star (Ricky Ian Gordon; Cincinnati Opera)

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:

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

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

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.

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)

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)
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

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