Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Jonathan Tunick

 
Bio:
Jonathan Tunick is an American orchestrator, musical director, and composer. Tunick’s stage career began with Take Five (1957). He went on to collaborate memorably with Stephen Sondheim, orchestrating shows such as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Jonathan Tunick is an American orchestrator, musical director, and composer. Tunick’s stage career began with Take Five (1957). He went on to collaborate memorably with Stephen Sondheim, orchestrating shows such as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We ... (read complete bio)

Photos

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Theatre for a New Audience Production, 2013
Benedick

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2019] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
Orchestrations
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Orchestrations
 
[US Tour, 2017]
Original Orchestrations
 
[West End, 2017]
Orchestrations
 
[Toronto, 2017]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2016]
Casting Director
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 2015]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Orchestrator
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2011]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2010]
Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[Los Angeles, 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[London Fringe, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[New York, 2002]
Musical Director
Musical Director
 
[Regional (US), 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2002]
Musical Director
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2002]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Los Angeles, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Other
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[New York, 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Los Angeles, 1998]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1997]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 1996]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1995]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1995]
Music Arrangements
 
[Broadway, 1995]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1995]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1994]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (UK), 1993]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (UK), 1992]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1990]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 1990]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (UK), 1987]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1987]
Orchestrator
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1986]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1985]
Musical Supervisor
 
[Off-Broadway, 1985]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 1985]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1982]
Musical Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1982]
Musical Supervisor
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1982]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1980]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1980]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1976]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1976]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1976]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1975]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator
 
[College/University (US), 1974]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1974]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Musical Coordinator
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1972]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1972]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1971]
Composer
 
[US Tour, 1971]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1969]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1961]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Orchestrator

Writing

Composer
Composer

Jonathan Tunick Biography

Jonathan Tunick is an American orchestrator, musical director, and composer. Tunick‚Äôs stage career began with Take Five (1957). He went on to collaborate memorably with Stephen Sondheim, orchestrating shows such as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Into the Woods, Passion, and Putting It Together. Additional notable Broadway credits include Promises, Promises; A Chorus Line; Nick & Nora; A Funny Thing...; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Nine; A Gentleman‚Äôs Guide...; and 110 in the Shade. In 1997, he won his first Tony Award, for his work on the musical Titanic. This accomplishment gave Tunick ‚ÄúEGOT‚ÄĚ status: one of only 15 people who have received all four major entertainment awards‚ÄĒhe had previously received an Academy Award for A Little Night Music (1977), an Emmy Award for Night of 100 Stars (1982) and Grammy Award for ‚ÄúNo One Is Alone‚ÄĚ from Into the Woods (1988). With over 111 credits to his name over a fifty-year career, Tunick is the most prolific and acclaimed orchestrator on Broadway.

Jonathan Tunick Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, West Side Story
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel
 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, A Catered Affair
 
Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, A Catered Affair
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Orchestrations (tie) Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick, LoveMusik
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick , LoveMusik
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, 11 in the Shade
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Orchestrations (tie)
Jonathan Tunick, The Apple Tree
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production
Jonathan TunickCompany
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick , Nine
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick, Follies
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Follies
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick, Saturday Night
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Marie Christine
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Orchestration Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick, Titanic
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Orchestrations Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick, Titanic
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Orchestration Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick , Passion
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Orchestration
Jonathan Tunick, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick, Baby
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Special Awards Gold Star
Jonathan Tunick

Jonathan Tunick News

Cast & Creative Teams Confirmed for Shaw Festival 2023 Season, Featuring PRINCE CASPI Photo Cast & Creative Teams Confirmed for Shaw Festival 2023 Season, Featuring PRINCE CASPIAN World Premiere & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 30, 2023

Artistic Director Tim Carroll has unveiled the Shaw Festival's 2023 casting and creative teams for the Festival Theatre, Royal George Theatre, Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre, BMO Stage, as well as the newly added Spiegeltent.

Chita Rivera to be Honored With Signature Theatre's 2023 Stephen Sondheim Award Photo Chita Rivera to be Honored With Signature Theatre's 2023 Stephen Sondheim Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 24, 2023

On April 3, 2023, Virginia’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will honor the theatrical icon Chita Rivera with the company’s twelfth Stephen Sondheim Award.

INTO THE WOODS, SPONGEBOB, And More Announced For Slow Burn Theatre Company 2023-24 S Photo INTO THE WOODS, SPONGEBOB, And More Announced For Slow Burn Theatre Company 2023-24 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 12, 2023

Filled with epic fairytales that will take audiences into the woods and under the sea and poignant stories of faith, love and acceptance, Slow Burn Theatre Company announces its 2023/2024 season of five Broadway musicals in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The five musicals are Into the Woods, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, The Prom and Spongebob The Musical.

Photos: Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford Pose in New Art for SWEENEY TODD
 Photo Photos: Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford Pose in New Art for SWEENEY TODD
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 12, 2023

Check out new photos of Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford for the upcoming Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Watch: Sutton Foster Says Goodbye to THE MUSIC MAN With Video Featuring Backstage Mom Photo Watch: Sutton Foster Says Goodbye to THE MUSIC MAN With Video Featuring Backstage Moments
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 11, 2023

Watch The Music Man star Sutton Foster's emotional goodbye to the show, featuring backstage moments!

Broadway Buying Guide: January 9, 2023 Photo Broadway Buying Guide: January 9, 2023
by Team BWW - Jan 9, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, January 9, 2023.

Blank Theatre Company Announces 2023 Season and New Company Members Photo Blank Theatre Company Announces 2023 Season and New Company Members
by Stephi Wild - Jan 9, 2023

Blank Theatre Company announces their 2023 season featuring two full-length productions and one cabaret and new additions to the company.

What's Coming to Broadway in 2023? Photo What's Coming to Broadway in 2023?
by Team BWW - Jan 8, 2023

Want to know what's coming to Broadway in 2023? This Broadway season will include performances by Jessica Chastain, Josh Groban, Nathan Lane, Laura Linney and many more! Check out a full list of which Broadway shows will open this year.

Full Cast Announced For SWEENEY TODD Starring Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford Photo Full Cast Announced For SWEENEY TODD Starring Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford
by Stephi Wild - Jan 5, 2023

The full cast has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Tony and Grammy-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (Sunday in the Park with George).

Broadway Lover's Guide to HBO Max Photo Broadway Lover's Guide to HBO Max
by Michael Major - Dec 31, 2022

HBO Max offers a collection of content curated from across WarnerMedia's catalog and a roster of new Max Originals. Among those include an impressive lineup of muscials, plays, and films that theater lovers will enjoy. From Dear Evan Hansen to West Side Story to Cats, check out what Broadway lovers can stream on HBO Max now!

Jonathan Tunick Videos

VIDEO: Nicole Kidman Bids $100k For Hugh Jackman's Hat at THE MUSIC MAN Videoplay
VIDEO: Nicole Kidman Bids $100k For Hugh Jackman's Hat at THE MUSIC MAN

by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 27, 2022

Watch Nicole Kidman bid $100k for Hugh Jackman's hat at The Music Man. Proceeds from the auction go to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

VIDEO: Nova Y. Payton Sings 'Last Midnight' From INTO THE WOODS at Signature Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Nova Y. Payton Sings 'Last Midnight' From INTO THE WOODS at Signature Theatre

by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2022

Signature Theatre's Into the Woods is now playing through January 29, 2023. Get a first look at Nova Y. Payton and The Signature Orchestra performing 'Last Midnight' in the video here!

VIDEO: Cast of Signature Theatre's INTO THE WOODS Rehearses Title Song Videoplay
VIDEO: Cast of Signature Theatre's INTO THE WOODS Rehearses Title Song

by Stage Tube - Oct 26, 2022

Get a first look at the company of Signature Theatre's Into the Woods performing the title song from the show in rehearsal. The production will be directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner and will be the first of three Sondheim productions featured in Signature's 2022/23 season.

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Releases Holiday Video from the Winter Garden Theatre to Broadway Videoplay
VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Releases Holiday Video from the Winter Garden Theatre to Broadway

by Robert Diamond - Dec 25, 2021

'Humbled and Inspired' star of stage and screen Hugh Jackman (now back on the boards in The Music Man) has released a holiday message to the Broadway community, straight from the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway where the show recently began previews.

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Tributes Swings & Understudies as Kathy Voytko Fills in for Sutto Videoplay
VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Tributes Swings & Understudies as Kathy Voytko Fills in for Sutton Foster

by BWW Special - Dec 24, 2021

Hugh Jackman paid tribute last night to the 'bedrock of Broadway' - understudies and swings while bringing forward Kathy Voytko who filled in for Sutton Foster on Thursday night in the Broadway show.

VIDEO: 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man' From A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed Videoplay
VIDEO: 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man' From A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed

by Stage Tube - Oct 12, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first look at rhearsals for A Grand Night for Singing: A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein for the iconic Opera House stage at Goodspeed!

VIDEO: Goodspeed Presents A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Featuring Mamie Parris, Mauricio  Videoplay
VIDEO: Goodspeed Presents A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING Featuring Mamie Parris, Mauricio Martínez, Diane Phelan & More

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 4, 2021

A Grand Night for Singing, a fresh and fun Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein, is now playing through November 28 at The Goodspeed. Featuring artful arrangements and clever interpretations, A Grand Night for Singing is a lively revue that seems tailor-made for Goodspeed.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING At Goodspeed

by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first look at rhearsals for A Grand Night for Singing: A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein for the iconic Opera House stage at Goodspeed!

VIDEO: Awa Sal Secka Performs 'Now You Know' in Signature Theatre's SIMPLY SONDHEIM Videoplay
VIDEO: Awa Sal Secka Performs 'Now You Know' in Signature Theatre's SIMPLY SONDHEIM

by Stage Tube - Jan 26, 2021

Signature Theatre's Simply Sondheim, the first production in the Signature Features 2021 Season, takes place next month. Get a sneak peek at the show, featuring Awa Sal Secka perform 'Now You Know'! 

VIDEO: Norm Lewis Performs 'Being Alive' From COMPANY as Part of Signature Theatre's  Videoplay
VIDEO: Norm Lewis Performs 'Being Alive' From COMPANY as Part of Signature Theatre's SIMPLY SONDEHEIM

by Stage Tube - Dec 29, 2020

To kick off its 2021 season, Signature presents a new production of Simply Sondheim directed and choreographed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. Get a sneak peek at the concert with Norm Lewis performing 'Being Alive' from Company.


Jonathan Tunick Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Jonathan Tunick written?
Jonathan Tunick has written 2 shows including The Songs of Jonathan Tunick (Composer), Paradise Found (Composer).

What awards has Jonathan Tunick been nominated for?
Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for West Side Story , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Carousel , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Pacific Overtures , Outstanding Orchestrations (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Carousel , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Carousel , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Promises, Promises , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for A Catered Affair , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for A Catered Affair , Outstanding Orchestrations (tie) (Drama Desk Awards) for LoveMusik , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for LoveMusik , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for 110 in the Shade , Outstanding Orchestrations (tie) (Drama Desk Awards) for The Apple Tree , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Pacific Overtures , Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Company , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Nine , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Follies , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Follies , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Saturday Night , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Marie Christine , Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Titanic , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Titanic , Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Passion , Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Into the Woods Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Baby and Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) .

What awards has Jonathan Tunick won?
Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Carousel, Outstanding Orchestrations (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Carousel, Outstanding Orchestrations (tie) (Drama Desk Awards) for LoveMusik, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Follies, Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Saturday Night, Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Titanic, Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Titanic Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Passionand Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards).