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Chris Walker

 
Bio:
Chris Walker Biography Chris has been associated with numerous productions across the UK and USA, West End and Broadway, as a Musical Director, Orchestrator and Dance Arranger. Shows include: Godspell, Oliver!, Side by Side by Sondheim, My Fair Lady, Tomfoolery, Me and My Girl, Cabaret, Follies, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Chris Walker Biography Chris has been associated with numerous productions across the UK and USA, West End and Broadway, as a Musical Director, Orchestrator and Dance Arranger. Shows include: Godspell, Oliver!, Side by Side by Sondheim, My Fair Lady, Tomfoolery, Me and My Girl, Cabaret, Follies, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2016]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2015]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2010]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (UK), 2005]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Orchestrator
Dance Arranger
 
[London Fringe, 2005]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2003]
Musical Director
 
[West End, 2002]
Orchestrations/Dance Arrangements
 
[West End, 2001]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[West End, 2001]
Musical Director
 
[West End, 1997]
Musical Director
 
[West End, 1987]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Dance Music Arranger
Orchestrator
Orchestrations/Dance Arrangements
 
[West End, 1986]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Music Arranger
 
[West End, 1985]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1984]
Orchestrator
Musical Director
 
[West End, 1982]
Musical Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Musical/Vocal Arrangements

Photos

Duncan Sheik, Chris Walker, Susan Birkenhead, Sue Monk Kidd, Sam Gold, Lynn Nottage Photo

Duncan Sheik, Chris Walker, Susan Birkenhead, Sue Monk Kidd, Sam Gold, Lynn Nottage

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06/14/2019
): Chris Walker, Jeannine Gaskin, Maes Lunaria, Roxana Bell, Wesley Allen Photo

): Chris Walker, Jeannine Gaskin, Maes Lunaria, Roxana Bell, Wesley Allen

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05/22/2019
Chris Walker, Wesley Allen, Jeannine Gaskin Photo

Chris Walker, Wesley Allen, Jeannine Gaskin

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05/22/2019
Jeannine Gaskin, Maes Lunaria, Roxana Bell, Wesley Allen, Chris Walker Photo

Jeannine Gaskin, Maes Lunaria, Roxana Bell, Wesley Allen, Chris Walker

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05/22/2019
Jonathan Apriesnig, Jeannine Gaskin, Chris Walker, Maes Lunaria, Daniel McNamara, Wes Photo

Jonathan Apriesnig, Jeannine Gaskin, Chris Walker, Maes Lunaria, Daniel McNamara, Wesley Allen, Roxana Bell

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Stage

Productions

[West End, 2016]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2015]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2012]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2012]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2010]
Orchestrator

[Regional (UK), 2005]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2005]
Orchestrator

Dance Arranger

[London Fringe, 2005]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2003]
Musical Director

[West End, 2002]
Orchestrations/Dance Arrangements

[West End, 2001]
Dance Music Arranger

[West End, 2001]
Musical Director

[West End, 1997]
Musical Director

[West End, 1987]
Dance Music Arranger

[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1986]
Dance Music Arranger

Orchestrator

Orchestrations/Dance Arrangements

[West End, 1986]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1986]
Music Arranger

[West End, 1985]
Orchestrator

[West End, 1984]
Orchestrator

Musical Director

[West End, 1982]
Musical Director

[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Musical/Vocal Arrangements

Chris Walker Biography

Chris Walker Biography

Chris has been associated with numerous productions across the UK and USA, West End and Broadway, as a Musical Director, Orchestrator and Dance Arranger. Shows include: Godspell, Oliver!, Side by Side by Sondheim, My Fair Lady, Tomfoolery, Me and My Girl, Cabaret, Follies, Hot Shoe Shuffle, The Secret Garden, Imagine This, Ragtime, Acorn Antiques and Lend Me A Tenor. He contributed the dance arrangements for the National Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of My Fair Lady and its highly successful UK and USA National Tour and provided orchestrations for a recording of The Likes of Us, the first show ever composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Chris is also a prolific composer in his own right, has produced numerous cast recordings and has worked extensively for TV and film, providing orchestrations for the movies Shirley Valentine, Impromptu and Olympus Has Fallen.

He is looking forward to his role as Musical Director and working again with the Producer Michael Rose on the UK Premier of Sleepless, a Musical Romance when it opens at The Troubador Theatre in London in August 2020. He is also working on the orchestrations for a Cole Porter musical with RH Broadway. Other theatre credits include the orchestrations for the Christmas Production of The Producers at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Cy Coleman’s Barnum. He also orchestrated The Royal Exchange Theatre and The Nottingham Playhouse production of Sweet Charity as well as The Menier’s production starring Tamsin Outhwaite and its subsequent transfer to The Theatre Royal in the Haymarket.

Chris was also responsible for the orchestrations of the highly acclaimed production of Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith which premiered at The Menier Chocolate Factory in London before transferring to The Savoy Theatre in the West End and continuing with a National Tour in the UK.

He provided the orchestrations and dance arrangements of the first ever stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Top Hat which toured the UK before transferring to the Aldwych Theatre in London. The show also ran in Sweden and Japan following its 2nd UK National tour. He wrote the orchestrations and dance arrangements for a revised production of Me and My Girl at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. In addition, Chris orchestrated a new version of The Secret Garden for the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh and its transfer to Toronto.

Chris has worked with the Regents’ Park Open Air Theatre on numerous occasions and provided the orchestrations for their productions, Into The Woods, Ragtime and The Sound of Music which received glowing reviews.

He arranged the orchestrations for the musical That Day We Sang (written by Victoria Wood) for The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and was invited to re-orchestrate the score for the BBC2 Christmas drama adaptation starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball and produced by Hilary Bevan-Jones. Prior to this, he orchestrated Victoria Wood’s production of Acorn Antiques West End run at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket and subsequent UK Tour.

Other credits include his re-orchestration of the Cole Porter score for The Crucible Theatre‚Äôs production of Anything Goes and the subsequent UK tour for Stage Entertainment. In the same year he re-orchestrated the score for Adam Spiegel‚Äôs UK production of The Producers - based on Mel Brooks‚Äô much loved Academy Award winning movie. He also provided the re-orchestration of ‚ÄėThe Gumbie Cat‚Äô for CATS at the London Palladium, the Paris production and the UK Tour. The show will start its next International Tour in April 2020.


He wrote the orchestrations and dance arrangements for the West End Production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which ran for over three and a half years at The London Palladium. The show also transferred to Broadway and continued with three highly successful National Tours of the UK. He has worked with the Olivier Award-winning star, Maria Friedman on her one-woman shows at festivals throughout Europe, at The Carlyle Café in New York and The Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Maria then turned her attentions to directing and they collaborated again on her production of High Society at the Old Vic and Stepping Out at the Theatre Royal, Bath after a short tour in the UK followed by a transfer to the Vauderville Theatre in the West End.

In addition, he wrote the compositions for Ray Cooney’s musical Twice Upon A Time which was first performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford before transferring to Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles. 

Chris was also the Musical Supervisor of Stage Entertainment’s production Der Schuh Des Manitu which ran for two years at the Theater des Westens in Berlin.


For more information please contact Francine Fletcher at Fletcher Associates
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Chris Walker Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Musical Production
Chris WalkerDick Whittington
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Orchestration
Chris Walker, Putting It Together

Chris Walker News

Dance/NYC Announces All-Digital Symposium: Three Days Of Content, 500+ Attendees, And Photo Dance/NYC Announces All-Digital Symposium: Three Days Of Content, 500+ Attendees, And Featured Speakers
by A.A. Cristi - May 13, 2022

The service organization Dance/NYC has announced that videos from its fully digital 2022 Symposium are now available for public dissemination. This year's event, which occurred on Thursday March 17-Saturday March 19, 2022, marked Dance/NYC's second successful all-digital Symposium. Over three days, 500+ people attended the event built around the theme Life Cycles. Livelihoods. Legacies., including dance artists, choreographers, artistic directors, administrators, funders, educators, policymakers, dance writers, scholars, and students.

Photos: First Look at FUNNY GIRL, Starring Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, and More Photo Photos: First Look at FUNNY GIRL, Starring Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Apr 21, 2022

FUNNY GIRL is currently in previews and officially opens on Sunday, April 24 at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). Check out all new production photos here!

Photos: First Look at Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jane Lynch & More in FUNNY GI Photo Photos: First Look at Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jane Lynch & More in FUNNY GIRL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022

FUNNY GIRL stars Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan and five-time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch as Mrs. Rose Brice.

Photos: Beanie Feldstein & Company Take First Bows in FUNNY GIRL Photo Photos: Beanie Feldstein & Company Take First Bows in FUNNY GIRL
by Bruce Glikas - Mar 27, 2022

She has arrived! Just yesterday, FUNNY GIRL began Broadway previews, on the 58th Anniversary of the Opening Night of the original production, at the August Wilson Theatre (245 W. 52nd Street).

FUNNY GIRL Begins Broadway Preview Performances Tonight Photo FUNNY GIRL Begins Broadway Preview Performances Tonight
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 26, 2022

FUNNY GIRL begins previews on Broadway tonight, Saturday March 26, 2022, on the 58th  Anniversary of the Opening Night of the original production, at the August Wilson Theatre (245 W. 52nd Street). Produced by Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis and David Babani, this highly anticipated, first-ever Broadway revival stars Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan and five-time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch as  Mrs. Rose Brice.

VIDEO: First Look From the Sitzprobe of FUNNY GIRL on Broadway! Photo VIDEO: First Look From the Sitzprobe of FUNNY GIRL on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 24, 2022

The highly anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl is beginning performances this month! The musical will have its first preview at the August Wilson on March 26 and officially open on April 24. 

Up on the Marquee: FUNNY GIRL Photo Up on the Marquee: FUNNY GIRL
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 14, 2022

The highly anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl is beginning performances this month! The musical will have its first preview at the August Wilson on March 26 and officially open on April 24. Check out photos of the new marquee!

VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, and More in Rehearsal For FUNNY GIRL Photo VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, and More in Rehearsal For FUNNY GIRL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 9, 2022

The highly anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl is beginning performances this month! Check out all new footage from rehearsals!

VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein and Ramin Karimloo Talk FUNNY GIRL Rehearsals Photo VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein and Ramin Karimloo Talk FUNNY GIRL Rehearsals
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Feb 25, 2022

Funny Girl is about to make its return to Broadway! The first-ever revival of the musical will have its first preview at the August Wilson on March 26 and officially open on April 24. The show's stars Beanie Feldstein (Fanny Brice) and Ramin Karimloo (Nick Arnstein) sat down together to talk about their favorite moments from the show's rehearsal process.

FUNNY GIRL Announces Complete Cast and Creative Team Photo FUNNY GIRL Announces Complete Cast and Creative Team
by Marissa Tomeo - Feb 7, 2022

Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis and David Babani announced the complete cast and creative team for the highly anticipated new Broadway production of FUNNY GIRL. Previously announced Beanie Feldstein, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo, Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes, and five-time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch will be joined by Peter Francis James as Florenz Ziegfeld, Ephie Aardema as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, Toni DiBuono as Mrs. Strakosh, Martin Moran as Tom Keeney, Julie Benko as Fanny Brice Standby.

Chris Walker Videos

VIDEO: First Look From the Sitzprobe of FUNNY GIRL on Broadway! VideoVIDEO: First Look From the Sitzprobe of FUNNY GIRL on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 24, 2022

The highly anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl is beginning performances this month! The musical will have its first preview at the August Wilson on March 26 and officially open on April 24. 

VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, and More in Rehearsal For FUNNY GIRL VideoVIDEO: Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, and More in Rehearsal For FUNNY GIRL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 9, 2022

The highly anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl is beginning performances this month! Check out all new footage from rehearsals!

VIDEO: Jay McGuiness Performs 'Everything' in a Clip From SLEEPLESS; Begins Performan VideoVIDEO: Jay McGuiness Performs 'Everything' in a Clip From SLEEPLESS; Begins Performances Tonight!
by Stage Tube - Aug 25, 2020

SLEEPLESS, A Musical Romance, officially begins performances tonight, August 25, at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre!

VIDEO: Kimberley Walsh Sings 'Outta My Hands' From SLEEPLESS VideoVIDEO: Kimberley Walsh Sings 'Outta My Hands' From SLEEPLESS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 5, 2020

A new video has been released of Kimberley Walsh singing 'Outta My Hands' from the new musical SLEEPLESS, A Musical Romance, which will begin socially distanced indoor performances at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre from 25 August. 

BWW TV: Watch a Preview of the Public's MLIMA'S TALE VideoBWW TV: Watch a Preview of the Public's MLIMA'S TALE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 13, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a new video preview of MLIMA'S TALE, now on stage at the Public. Watch below!

STAGE TUBE: Daveed Diggs, Javier Munoz, Adrienne Warren and More Reimagine Classic Tales in Verse for THE #BARS MEDLEY VOL 2
by Stage Tube - Nov 14, 2016

On September 5, 2016, more than 30 actors, writers and musicians came together in New York to reimagine 12 classic stories in verse. The stories were strung together as a medley in front of a packed house, scored live, and shot all in one take. Watch The #BARS Medley Vol 2 below, filmed live at The Public Theater!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek of West End's TOP HAT!
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2012

Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen take the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Top Hat which opened on Wednesday 9th May at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End where the show is currently booking until 26 January 2013. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the musical below!

STAGE TUBE: West End SWEET CHARITY Performs on 'Over the Rainbow'
by Robert Diamond - May 10, 2010

Tamzin Outhwaite (Boeing Boeing, Hotel Babylon, Eastenders), who plays the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, leads the cast in the West End transfer of the Tony Award-winning musical, Sweet Charity. Here's the cast of hopeful Dorothy's on 'Over the Rainbow' visiting Sweet Charity and then Tamzin performing from the show on TV!

TV: Opening Night of SWEET CHARITY in the West End!
by Robert Diamond - May 5, 2010

Tamzin Outhwaite (Boeing Boeing, Hotel Babylon, Eastenders), who plays the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, leads the cast in the West End transfer of the Tony Award-winning musical, Sweet Charity. Here's coverage from opening night!


Chris Walker Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Chris Walker been nominated for?
Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Dick Whittington and Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Putting It Together .