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James Raitt Productions

[West End, 1997]
Vocal Music Arranger
[Broadway, 1994]
Vocal Music Arranger
[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Musical Director
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Musical Director
[Broadway, 1989]
Dance Music Arranger
[Broadway, 1987]
Dance/Vocal Arrangements
Dance Music Arranger
Vocal Music Arranger
[Broadway, 1987]
Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements
Dance Music Arranger
Musical Director
Musical Supervisor
Vocal Music Arranger
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1986]
Musical Director



James Raitt News

MAME, FALSETTOS & More Set for 42 Street Moon 2023-24 Season

Explore the upcoming 2023-24 season at 42nd Street Moon! Get all the details about the highly anticipated lineup, including beloved classics like MAME and FALSETTOS, and more. Don't miss out on this exciting season of theater magic!

Review: FOREVER PLAID at The Pocket Community Theatre

What did our critic think of FOREVER PLAID at The Pocket Community Theatre?

American Coast Theater Company Announces Its Summer 2023 Production: FOREVER PLAID

ACTC begins the Summer 2023 season with its production of the musical comedy Forever Plaid written by Stuart Ross and arranged by James Raitt. This musical is made for anyone who enjoys the pop hits of the 1950s barbershop and boy-band quartet era!

FOREVER PLAID Cast and Creative Team Announced For Plaza's Broadway Long Island

Plaza's Broadway Long Island, Nassau County's Only Professional Theatre in residence at the State-of-the Art Elmont Library Theatre, has announced the cast and creative team for their upcoming production of FOREVER PLAID, written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross with musical continuity supervison and arrangements by James Raitt.


Forever Plaid is an Off-Broadway Musical Revue that was first performed in 1989 in New York, and was written by Stuart Ross. Now the show is performed Internationally. The show itself featured Stan Chandler, Guy Stroman, Gabriel Barre, and Jason Graae in the 1989 New York Cast. While James Raitt was responsible for the Musical arrangement, vocal arrangements and music direction, the show was Directed and Choreographed by its writer Stuart Ross. The Musical Revue was produced into a feature film, which was released in 2009 starring two of the original cast members (Chandler, and Engel)and Larry Raben and Daniel Reichard as Sparky and Frankie respectively. Fans of the show will notice that in the film adaptation, “The Golden Cardigan,” and “Catch a Falling Star,” were omitted.

Delaware Theatre Company Announces 2022/23 Season

Delaware Theatre Company announces its 2022/23 Season. DTC will be returning for a full, five-show season—its 43rd—on September 14, with live performances inside the theatre, including world premiere Broadway-bound musicals, farcical satires and searing dramas.

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Doug Besterman

Anyone that has read my reviews or columns over the years knows that I always pay attention to the orchestrations and orchestrator of any given musical. Let’s face it, without the orchestrator, the score is only a piano. Today’s subject Doug Besterman has been living his theatre life for many years as an orchestrator for Broadway, regional, and West End theatre as well as doing scoring for films and TV.

Drury Lane Theatre Announces Casting For FOREVER PLAID, Running September 17 - November 7

Celebrate the return of live theater at Drury Lane with audience favorite Forever Plaid.

BWW Interview: PLAIDS' David Engel FOREVER Performing in Brotherhood

That triple-threat talent named David Engel will once again grace the Musical Theatre West stage in FOREVER PLAID 30th ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONCERT beginning August 5th, but this time socially distancing at Blair Field near by. Since David originated the PLAID role of Smudge, he has performed on many a stage from Broadway to his home away from home Musical Theatre West. David managed to answer my queries while in the car on the way to his husband Larry Raben’s opening night of SCHOOL OF ROCK he directed at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah.

The Public Theater Of San Antonio Announces 2021-2022 Season

The Public Theater of San Antonio has announced the productions it will be producing in their upcoming 2021-2022 Season! Ticket prices can be found online now, and season tickets will go on sale in late summer of 2021.

Drury Lane Theatre Announces its Reopening Plans for the 2021/2022 Season

Drury Lane Theatre has announced its 2021/2022 Season will begin in September 2021. Drury Lane’s 66th Season includes Evita, The King and I, Steel Magnolias, Forever Plaid, and Holiday Inn. Drury Lane Theatre’s season runs September 2021 – July 2022 at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

Rubicon Theatre Presents FOREVER PLAID: THE 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT With David Engel, Larry Raben & More

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura continues the company's Safe-Distance Drive-In Theatre Concert Benefit Series when Broadway veterans and beloved Southern California musical icons come together for a 30th Anniversary Concert celebrating the music of the hit show FOREVER PLAID.

Bellevue Little Theatre Announces 2020-21 Season - GREASE, FOREVER PLAID, and More!

Bellevue Little Theatre has announced its upcoming season lineup, as well as information about auditions.

BWW Feature: Highlights From the '30th Plaidiversary of FOREVER PLAID'

Singer Songwriter Christine Lavin offers BWW an exclusive highlights Video of '30th Plaidiversary of FOREVER PLAID'

Centenary Stage Company to Kick Off Summer with FOREVER PLAID

Centenary Stage Company's will kick off its 2020 Summer Musical Theatre Series with Forever Plaid. The production runs July 9 through July 19 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.

BWW Interview: Debbie Landis-Sigler Says FOREVER PLAID at Stagecrafters Has Great Music, Awesome Choreography and a Story to Warm Your Heart

From January 17th until February 9th, Stagecrafters is putting on a production of the 1989 off-Broadway musical, Forever Plaid. Forever Plaid is a beloved story that takes you back in time on what Music Theatre International calls a 'goofy, 1950s nostalgia trip.'

Drury Lane Theatre Announces 2020-2021 Season Including EVITA, THE KING AND I, and More!

Drury Lane Theatre announces its 2020/2021 season, including Evita, The King and I, and more! Drury Lane's 66th season also includes the empowering tale of female friendship Steel Magnolias; Forever Plaid, an ode to the best of the 1950's; and the family-friendly dance spectacular Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. Subscription packages including all five spectacular productions start at only $170 and are on sale now. Drury Lane Theatre's season runs April 2020-March 2021 at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

MTH Theater Announces 2020 Season Including CAROUSEL, TITANIC and More

The MTH Theater at Crown Center has announced the six productions that will make up its 2020 season.

BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's FOREVER PLAID Offers Heavenly Music and Other-worldly Comedy

Certainly, if you're lucky enough to spend a scant two hours in the company of Cumberland County Playhouse's Forever Plaid - comprised of Chris Hallowes, Ross Griffin, Paul Gary and Justin Burr - you'll feel like you've been good, thanks to their heavenly harmonies, delightful performances and all-around good-guy affability.

FOREVER PLAID Comes to Granbury Opera House

Granbury Theatre Company will continue its 2019 Broadway on the Brazos season with the musical Forever Plaid on March 29-April 14, 2019, at the historic Granbury Opera House in Downtown Granbury.


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