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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’s production of Anything Goes and the subsequent UK tour for Stage Entertainment. In the same year he re-orchestrated the score for Adam Spiegel’s UK production of The Producers - based on Mel Brooks’ much loved Academy Award winning movie. He also provided the re-orchestration of ‘The Gumbie Cat’ 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 Productions

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

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Video: FUNNY GIRL Tour's Katerina McCrimmon Sings 'Don't Rain On My Parade'

We have your first listen to Katerina McCrimmon singing 'Don't Rain on My Parade' from Funny Girl. McCrimmon will lead the upcoming North American tour of Funny Girl as Fanny Brice. Check out the video here!

Watch as Lea Michele Surprises Final FUNNY GIRL Audience with 'My Man' Encore

Watch at the end of the performance, when as did Barbra Streisand after her final show, Lea Michele surprised everyone by singing 'My Man' as an Encore. 

Lea Michele Bids Farewell to FUNNY GIRL in Emotional Instagram Post

Lea Michele has penned an emotional goodbye to the role of Fanny Brice in the Funny Girl revival, which plays its final performance Sunday, September 3rd.

Lea Michele Will Be Out Of Both FUNNY GIRL Performances August 30th

Lea Michele will be out of both performances of Funny Girl as she is under the weather, per an announcement from the production. Julie Benko will play Fanny Brice at both performances today, and her regularly scheduled performance tomorrow. Lea Michele is expected to return to the show Friday, September 1st.

Lea Michele Will Be Out Of FUNNY GIRL Tonight; August 29, 2023

Lea Michele will be out of tonight's 7pm performance of Funny Girl as she is under the weather, per an announcement from the production. The production also stars Tony and Olivier Award  nominee Ramin Karimloo, 2022 Tony & Drama Desk Award nominee and Chita Rivera Award winner Jared Grimes and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh.

FUNNY GIRL Breaks Own Box Office Record in Final Weeks

With just eight performances remaining, the first-ever Broadway revival of Funny Girl has broken its own box office record for the highest grossing 8-performance week at the August Wilson Theatre for the week ending August 27 with a final gross of $2,133,143.44.

FUNNY GIRL Tour to Play The Hippodrome in October - Tickets Available Now!

FUNNY GIRL, the sensational musical comedy revival, will come to the historic Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center for a limited one-week engagement from October 24 – October 29, 2023.

FUNNY GIRL North American Tour Unveils Full Cast and Schedule

Discover the full cast and tour dates for the highly anticipated FUNNY GIRL North American Tour. Don't miss out on this exciting production of the beloved musical.

FUNNY GIRL Broadway Revival Recoups Investment

The first-ever  Broadway revival of FUNNY GIRL has recouped its $16.5 million capitalization after opening in April 2022 at the August  Wilson Theatre. 

Photos: White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Attends FUNNY GIRL

Over the weekend, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was in New York and attended FUNNY GIRL starring Lea Michele. She stayed after the show, met the cast and took some photos with the company. Check out the photos here!

FUNNY GIRL Comes to Grand Rapids Next Month

FUNNY GIRL, the sensational musical comedy revival, is coming to DeVos Performance Hall for its Michigan premiere during a limited one-week engagement from September 19 to September 24. This kicks off the Broadway Grand Rapids 35th Anniversary season.

Tickets on Sale Today For FUNNY GIRL in Memphis

FUNNY GIRL, the sensational musical comedy revival, is coming to the Orpheum Theatre for a limited one-week engagement from October 10 to 15. Tickets will be available starting on Friday, July, 14 at 10am.

Cast Set and Sale Date Revealed For FUNNY GIRL at PPAC

FUNNY GIRL, the sensational musical comedy revival, launches its national tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) for a limited one-week engagement from September 9 - 16, 2023.

Video: Meet Fanny Brice of the FUNNY GIRL National Tour, Katerina McCrimmon

Katerina McCrimmon is set to lead the national tour of Funny Girl as Fanny Brice. Get to know the new leading lady with videos of some of her past performances in school and beyond.

Katerina McCrimmon to Star as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL North American Tour

The principal cast been revealed for the North American Tour of FUNNY GIRL. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: FUNNY GIRL Celebrates 500 Broadway Performances With A Visit From Carvel!

The Broadway revival is celebrating 500 performances at the August Wilson Theatre with a sweet treat! The production was recently treated to a visit from a few Carvel ice cream trucks that dished out delicious cups and cones to the show's hardworking company in honor of the milestone. See their celebration in neNNY photos!

FUNNY GIRL is Coming To The Fisher Theatre in September

FUNNY GIRL, the sensational musical comedy revival, is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre for a limited two-week engagement from September 26 to October 8 as a part of Broadway In Detroit’s 2023-24 Subscription Season.

FUNNY GIRL Comes to DPAC in November

FUNNY GIRL, the sensational musical comedy revival, is coming to DPAC for a limited one-week engagement from November 7 – 12, 2023, as part of Truist Broadway at DPAC.   

Lea Michele Out of FUNNY GIRL This Week After Testing Positive for Covid

Lea Michele has tested positive for Covid, and will be out of Funny Girl this week.

Lea Michele Teases Next Broadway Show After FUNNY GIRL

Funny Girl is set to close on September 3, and Lea Michele is already planning her Broadway return! 


Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Dick Whittington and Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Putting It Together .

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