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Interviews with American Theatre Creatives: Larry Hochman (Arranger/Orchestrator)

In this second excerpt from a forthcoming book on Musical Theatre, I was entirely thrilled to interview one of the best arrangers in the business.  I have a number of heroes in this field, one of whom is the consumate musician, Larry Hochman.

This interview, which is really Part I of II, took place over several hours in a restaurant down on ‘Resturant Row’ in Manhattan earlier this year.  Dissecting and transcribing this interview reminded me of the many pearls of wisdom Larry provided over a couple of hours of intense conversation.  READ IT SLOWLY  – or read it more than once – to gain the maximum benefit from what Larry imparts.  You won’t regeret it.

LARRY HOCHMAN (Arranger / Orchestrator)

Larry_Hochman_Arranger Larry has a TONY award and a DRAMA DESK award for Best Orchestrations for The Book of Mormon.  His 4 other TONY nominations were for The Scottsboro Boys (2010, also Drama Desk nomination), Monty Python’s Spamalot (2005, also Drama Desk nomination), Fiddler on the Roof (2004) and A Class Act (2001).  Orchestrations for Broadway include The Addams Family, The Scottsboro Boys, Fiddler on the Roof (additional orchestrations for the 2004 Revival), Jane Eyre, A Class Act, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and Late Nite Comic, and additional orchestrations for Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway, Shrek, and The Little Mermaid.  Orchestrations for 18 films include Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant!, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp II, Once Upon a Mattress, and Dead of Winter


KP:  As an orchestrator, if you were only able to provide one piece of information to aspiring composers/songwriters, what would be the most pertinent advice you believe they should receive?

LH:  Well, if the end result, I assume, is going to be played by an orchestra, I don’t feel that you have to crowd every measure with lots and lots of notes, and trust more in the sustain of the orchestra. Continue Reading →

Interviews with American Theatre Creatives: Brisa Trinchero (Producer)

As you may recall, I am in the process of writing a new book about the Musical Theatre industry in the USA and UK –  otherwise referred to as ‘Broadway’ and the ‘West End’ – albeit the industry is far more diverse than these two primary Meccas for aspiring writers, and an area which is also covered in some depth inside the book.

As part of the development for writing this book, I have  interviewed a number of leading theatre professionals around the world about their work and the current state of the industry.   Without exception, everyone interviewed have given freely of their time – and they are busy folk – so my thanks to each and everyone of them is entirely heartfelt.

Each interviewee has also reviewed the transcript of their respective interview, so what you read is really what they want to say and impart to readers as salient information.

The book covers five main areas of investigation: Continue Reading →

The Dramatists Guild Conference (Chicago)

DG_LogoToday, I am taking a few days away from my current commitments in London to attend the Dramatists Guild Conference in Chicago.  I’m also getting to give a presentation tomorrow afternoon with the very fine Broadway orchestrator, Ned Ginsburg, which will be very exciting.

The Dramatists Guild is a wonderful member support and advocacy organisation for writers of theatre in the USA.  They provide an exceptional service in areas of promoting the creative writing aspect of theatre, as well as access to formidable education and legal assistance resources of relevance to the community of members.  It is most worthwhile considering applying for membership with DG.  Personally, I have received critical advice on several occasions that alone has warranted my decision to become involved.  You do not need to be based in the USA to seek membership.

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