Jonathan Tunick

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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 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’s 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 “EGOT” status: one of only 15 people who have received all four major entertainment awards—he 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 “No One Is Alone” 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.

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Jonathan Tunick STAGE CREDITS

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

Jonathan Tunick Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2023]
Original Orchestrations
 
[Broadway, 2023]
Orchestrations
 
[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
 
[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


Jonathan Tunick Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures

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

Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, A Catered Affair

Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick , LoveMusik

Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, 11 in the Shade

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures

Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, Marie Christine

Jonathan Tunick Videos

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SWEENEY TODD Revival Cast Recording 3-LP Set Available Now

The 2023 Broadway Cast Recording of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is available now as a 3-LP set pressed on Revenge Red vinyl.

Stephen Sondheim's Final Musical HERE WE ARE Available to View at NYPL

The world premiere production of Here We Are was filmed by the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and added to its collection. Learn how to view the production!

Video: How Sutton Foster Juggled SWEENEY TODD & ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Sutton Foster sat down on the TODAY Show this morning to discuss starring as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd on Broadway, taking over the role just five days after starring in Once Upon a Mattress. Foster also discussed her Mrs. Lovett accent and what happened when Patti LuPone came to see her third performance. Watch the video now!

Video: Aaron Tveit Details SWEENEY TODD Barber Chair Mishap

What happens when the iconic barber chair in Sweeney Todd doesn't work? Aaron Tveit found out last week. A couple performances into his run as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tveit said that the gag where a body is slides down on a chute did not work due to an onstage mishap. Watch the clip now!

Photos: First Look at Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster in SWEENEY TODD

Earlier this month, Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster officially joined the cast of the Tony-nominated revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Check out first photos of the duo in action here!

Video: Joe Locke on His 'Best Friend' Patti LuPone Seeing Him in SWEENEY TODD

Joe Locke living the ultimate theatre kid dream: having one of his 'best friends,' Patti Lupone, come see him in Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Locke is starring alongside Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit in Sweeny Todd on Broadway, which he describes as another dream-come-true. Watch the video from the TODAY Show interview now!

Former Mrs. Lovett Patti LuPone Visits Sutton Foster at SWEENEY TODD

Former Mrs. Lovett Patti LuPone visited Sweeney Todd's current Mrs. Lovett Sutton Foster in her first weekend of performances in the Broadway production. Check out a photo here!

Photos: Aaron Tveit & Sutton Foster Take Their First Bows in SWEENEY TODD

Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster played their first performance in the Tony-nominated revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street last night, February 9, 2024, and BroadwayWorld was there to capture their first bows! Check out the photos here!

Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster Take Over in SWEENEY TODD Beginning Tonight

Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster join the cast of the Tony-nominated revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tonight, February 9, 2024. Their limited 12-week engagement will conclude on Sunday May 5, 2024.

Video: Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster in Rehearsal For SWEENEY TODD

Check out all new video of Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd on Broadway!

Interview: Judy McLane of COMPANY at Ohio Theater

For most of her life, Judy McLane has tried to break out of the metaphorical boxes Broadway tries to put people into. In her most recent show, COMPANY, McLane has learned to act in a physical box.

PACIFIC OVERTURES, World Premieres & More Set for East West Players 2024 Season

East West Players has unveiled its the 2024 Season. See full programming and lear how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Joe Locke Takes His First Bows In SWEENEY TODD On Broadway

Joe Locke, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit show “Heartstopper,” is making his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-nominated revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Locke began his run as Tobias beginning Wednesday January 31, 2024. See photos from inside Joe's first curtain call!

Nathan Lane to Receive 2024 Stephen Sondheim Award From Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre will honor Nathan Lane with the 2024 Stephen Sondheim Award. The Broadway and film legend is known for his award-winning performances in 'The Producers,' 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' 'The Birdcage,' and 'The Lion King.'

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING World Premiere & More Set for Ogunquit Playhouse 2024 Season

Ogunquit Playhouse has unveiled their 92nd season. See full programming, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Video: The Cast of Final Sondheim Musical HERE WE ARE Take Final Bows Off-Broadway

The world premiere production of Here We Are, the new musical from David Ives and Stephen Sondheim, played its final performance at The Shed’s Griffin Theater (545 W 30th St) on Sunday, January 21st. Check out a video of the cast' final curtain call here!

Video: Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford Depart SWEENEY TODD On Broadway

Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, the original stars of Sweeney Todd on Broadway, have said their goodbyes to Fleet Street. Check out footage from last Sunday's performance as Groban took his final ride on the lift for his first entrance. See the video!

SWEENEY TODD Reveals Cast Schedule Ahead of New Leads Taking Over in February

Sweeney Todd has revealed the interim schedule of cast members taking on lead roles prior to Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster taking over next month.

Broadway's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Launches Rooftop Writers Initiative

The Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG has announced the Rooftop Writers Initiative, in partnership with the Stephen Sondheim Foundation and American Theatre Wing’s Jonathan Larson Grant.

Video: Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford Take Their Final Bows in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway

Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford took their final bows in Sweeney Todd on Broadway on January 14. Following their last curtain call, the stars gave a speech on stage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Check out the video here!

Jonathan Tunick FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

Jonathan Tunick has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include Outstanding Orchestrations at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Carousel," as well as at the Drama Desk Awards for "West Side Story," "Carousel," "Pacific Overtures," and "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." He has also been nominated for Best Orchestrations at the Tony Awards for "Carousel," "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," "Promises, Promises," "A Catered Affair," "LoveMusik," "110 in the Shade," "Pacific Overtures," "Nine," "Follies," "Marie Christine," "Titanic," and "Passion." In addition, Tunick has received nominations for Outstanding Musical Direction at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Company" and Outstanding Orchestration at the Drama Desk Awards for "Saturday Night," "Into the Woods," "Baby," and "Passion." He has also been honored with Special Awards at the Drama Desk Awards.

Jonathan Tunick has won several awards for his outstanding orchestrations in various Broadway shows. He received the Outstanding Orchestrations award at the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Carousel. He also won the Outstanding Orchestrations award (in a tie) at the Drama Desk Awards for LoveMusik. Tunick's exceptional orchestrations were recognized again at the Drama Desk Awards for Follies, Saturday Night, and Titanic, where he won the Outstanding Orchestrations award. Additionally, he received the Best Orchestrations award at the Tony Awards for Titanic. Tunick's talent was further acknowledged with the Outstanding Orchestration award at the Drama Desk Awards for Passion. He has also received Special Awards at the Drama Desk Awards.

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