04. May 2009 · Comments Off on Orchestrators · Categories: Links, Ramble

Terry Teachout has an article about orchestrators of musicals.

I remember the first time I found out that the composer of a musical didn’t actually orchestrate the thing. I was in a bit of shock. I mean, Beethoven orchestrated his own works, why couldn’t these guys? Mr. Teachout explains this.

I remember meeting Michael Starobin when I was hired to play the horribly reviewed and short-lived Hans Christian Anderson musical that starred the then not so well known John Glover (soon to move on to the Superman TV series, Smallville, which I was so happy to see, as I thought he was such a nice guy and pretty incredible on stage). Mr. Starobin and I talked a bit about his work, as he orchestrated my favorite Sondheim, Sunday in the Park With George and I wanted to whine about the fact that I could never play it since I wasn’t a doubler. I saw how he worked, too, as HCA was being put together. It was a great lesson, and I found him pretty incredible at what he did.

My disappointment in composers of musicals equaled my disappointment in pop singers … I always thought they wrote their own songs and that they were somehow quite personal. How silly was that?

Yep. That silly.

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