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Sunday, May 03, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Orchestrations

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Continuing our Tony Predix, here's

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

WILL BE NOMINATED:
Jason Robert Brown, 13
Martin Koch, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Galt MacDermot, Hair
Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, next to normal

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Jason Robert Brown, 13
Martin Koch, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Galt MacDermot, Hair
Don Sebesky, Pal Joey

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Larry Blank, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Bruce Coughlin, Guys and Dolls
Bruce Coughlin, Stephen Oremus and Alex Lacamoire, 9 to 5: The Musical
Edward B. Kessel, A Tale of Two Cities
Ethan Popp, Rock of Ages
Larry Pressgrove and Jeff Bowen, [title of show]
Danny Troob and John Clancy, Shrek The Musical
Jonathan Tunick, The Story of My Life

MODFAB THINKS: Orchestrations is one of those things you only really notice when they're bad...and it that regard, Bruce Coughlin should hang is head in shame for decimating Dolly Parton's sweet pop tunes and muddying Guys and Dolls's stellar score.

I would love to believe that voters would be forward-thinking enough to see how great Ethan Popp's work is in Rock of Ages (A musical that truly, actually rocks? Unheard of!) or how nuanced Larry Pressgrove's keyboard-only interpretation of [title of show] is. But I'm guessing that bombast will win the day, and maybe it should...hey, no one's paying $130 a ticket to hear a keyboard, right?

DARK HORSE: Shrek The Musical in undoubtedly Jeanine Tesori's weakest score to date...but boy, it sounded beautiful when orchestrated by Troob and Clancy.

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