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Paul Gemignani

 
Bio:
Pick a Stephen Sondheim Broadway premiere in the last three decades √Ę‚ā¨‚Äú say, Sweeney Todd or Sunday in the Park with George or Into the Woods. Who was at the podium on opening night? If you guessed Paul Gemignani, you got it right. In fact, Maestro Gemignani has been a distinguished and ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Pick a Stephen Sondheim Broadway premiere in the last three decades √Ę‚ā¨‚Äú say, Sweeney Todd or Sunday in the Park with George or Into the Woods. Who was at the podium on opening night? If you guessed Paul Gemignani, you got it right. In fact, Maestro Gemignani has been a distinguished and ... (read complete bio)

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Productions

 
[Broadway, 2019]
Music Director
 
[Broadway, 2016]
Musical Direction
 
[Broadway, 2012]
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[Broadway, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2008]
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[Broadway, 2007]
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Conductor
 
[New York, 2007]
Conductor
 
[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Regional (US), 2005]
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[Off-Broadway, 2005]
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[Broadway, 2004]
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Conductor
 
[Broadway, 2004]
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[Broadway, 2004]
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Conductor
 
[Broadway, 2004]
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[Regional (US), 2003]
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[Off-Broadway, 2003]
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[Regional (US), 2002]
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[Broadway, 2002]
Conductor
Musical Director
 
[Los Angeles, 2002]
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[Broadway, 2001]
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Conductor
 
[Regional (US), 2000]
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[Broadway, 1999]
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Conductor
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Conductor
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[Broadway, 1998]
Conductor
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[Broadway, 1997]
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[Broadway, 1997]
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[Broadway, 1996]
Conductor
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[Off-Broadway, 1994]
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[Broadway, 1994]
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[Broadway, 1994]
Conductor
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[West End, 1993]
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[Broadway, 1992]
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[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Musical Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Percussion
Musical Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Conductor
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Music Contractor
Musical Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Musical Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1986]
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1986]
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[Off-Broadway, 1985]
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[Broadway, 1985]
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[Off-Broadway, 1984]
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[Broadway, 1984]
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[Broadway, 1984]
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[Broadway, 1983]
Musical Supervisor
 
[Off-Broadway, 1983]
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[Broadway, 1982]
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[Broadway, 1981]
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[US Tour, 1980]
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[Broadway, 1980]
Music Contractor
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Music Contractor
 
[US Tour, 1979]
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1979]
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[US Tour, 1978]
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[Broadway, 1978]
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[Chicago, 1977]
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[Broadway, 1977]
Musical Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Musical Director
 
[US Tour, 1976]
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1976]
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[Broadway, 1974]
Composer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1973]
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[Broadway, 1973]
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[Broadway, 1973] [Replacement]
Musical Director[Replacement]

Paul Gemignani Biography

Pick a Stephen Sondheim Broadway premiere in the last three decades √Ę‚ā¨‚Äú say, Sweeney Todd or Sunday in the Park with George or Into the Woods. Who was at the podium on opening night? If you guessed Paul Gemignani, you got it right. In fact, Maestro Gemignani has been a distinguished and constant presence in musical theater for the last forty years. In 2001 he was honored with a Special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award√ā¬ģ.

Significantly, for an artist so closely associated with Sondheim, Gemignani made his Broadway debut as a conductor in Sondheim√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Follies (1971), taking over the role of music director from Harold Hastings. He once again took over the reins for Sondheim√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Tony√ā¬ģ-winning A Little Night Music (1973) and conducted on the original cast recording.

Gemignani contributed incidental music and songs to a 1974 revival of the Congreve classic Love for Love, starring Glenn Close. In 1976 he was the music director for another Sondheim musical, Pacific Overtures, which earned many a Tony√ā¬ģ nod. Later that year he was music director for the short-lived Music Is.

The Comden-Green musical On the Twentieth Century (1978), featuring Gemignani at the podium, starred Imogen Coca, John Cullum, and Madeline Kahn; it won an impressive five Tony Awards√ā¬ģ. But the next musical that Gemignani conducted, Sondheim√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs tale of the demon barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd (1979), topped that feat, scooping up eight Tonys√ā¬ģ, including Best Musical.

Gemignani√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs later Broadway credits include Candide (1974); Evita (1979); Merrily We Roll Along (1981); A Doll√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Life (1982); Zorba (1983); Sunday in the Park with George (1984), which won a Pulitzer Prize; Jerome Robbins√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘ Broadway (1989); Crazy for You (1992); Passion (1994); Big: The Musical (1996); High Society (1998); Kiss Me, Kate (1999); Into the Woods (2002); Assassins (2004); The Frogs (2004); 110 in the Shade (2007); and Pal Joey (2008).

In addition to his work on Broadway, Gemignani has conducted on several film soundtracks, including Reds, A Little Night Music, Kramer vs. Kramer, Eyewitness, and Sweeney Todd. Among the major orchestras that he has guest-conducted are the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera, and New York City Ballet. The exceptional 1991 Sony studio recording of Kismet features the sumptuous sound of the London Symphony Orchestra, with Paul Gemignani wielding the baton.

His honors include a 1989 Drama Desk Special Award and an Emmy Award for √Ę‚ā¨Ňďbest musical direction√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě for the PBS/Great Performances presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs South Pacific at Carnegie Hall in 2006.

Paul Gemignani Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2008 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
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Tony Awards - 2001 - Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Gold Star
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Drama Desk Awards - 1989 - Special Awards Gold Star
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Paul Gemignani News

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Photo Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes and Christine Pedi have joined the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will honor musical theater legend Leslie Uggams with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, which will be presented by Dionne Warwick. 

Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein A Photo Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

The York Theatre Company has announced the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will take place on Monday evening, November 14, 2022 at The Edison Rooftop.

Review: YOU'RE GONNA LOVE TOMORROW! at Theater2020 Photo Review: YOU'RE GONNA LOVE TOMORROW! at Theater2020
by Kristen Morale - Oct 21, 2022

You're gonna truly love tomorrow, and it starts with what you're doing tonight!

Interview: Gerald Sternbach's Making Music in JASON GRAAE'S GRAAETEST HITS & More Photo Interview: Gerald Sternbach's Making Music in JASON GRAAE'S GRAAETEST HITS & More
by Gil Kaan - Oct 4, 2022

Jason Graae brings his Graaetest (not a typo!) Hits ‚Äď The Sequel to the El Portal October 21, 2022, accompanied by musical director Gerald Sternbach. I got a chance to catch up with Jerry after years of path-crossing at benefits and concerts.

54 Below Presents 54 SINGS DUDE: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Photo 54 Below Presents 54 SINGS DUDE: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
by Stephi Wild - Sep 30, 2022

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 54 Sings DUDE: A 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 16. Dubbed ‚Äúthe most incomprehensible show ever presented on a Broadway stage‚ÄĚ this Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot musical was the spiritual follow up to their cultural megahit, HAIR.

Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Photo Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

The York Theatre Company will honor Tony Award-winning musical theater icon Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and Ted Chapin with The York Theatre Company Founders’ Award at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala.

Theater Latté Da To Host Panel Discussion With Original Broadway Company Members Of  Photo Theater Latté Da To Host Panel Discussion With Original Broadway Company Members Of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 18, 2022

Theater Latt√© Da (Peter Rothstein, Artistic Director; Elisa Spencer-Kaplan, Managing Director) today announces a special online panel discussion‚ÄďOur Time: In Conversation with Original Broadway Company Members of Merrily We Roll Along‚Äďwith original Broadway cast and artistic team members of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1981 musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.¬†

28 Theater Books for Your Spring 2022 Reading List Photo 28 Theater Books for Your Spring 2022 Reading List
by Team BWW - Apr 9, 2022

Spring has sprung and the great weather calls for a great book to enjoy outdoors! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind. From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 28 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's spring reading list.

25 Theater Books for Your Winter 2022 Reading List Photo 25 Theater Books for Your Winter 2022 Reading List
by Team BWW - Jan 29, 2022

Winter is here and what better time of year to stay in and snuggle up with a great book? You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind. From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 25 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's winter reading list.

BWW Feature: Stephen's Sondheim (or How a Stranger Informed Five Decades of One Life) Photo BWW Feature: Stephen's Sondheim (or How a Stranger Informed Five Decades of One Life)
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 30, 2021

Everyone has a story or stories about the ways in which their life was changed by the presence in this world of Stephen Sondheim. This is mine.

Paul Gemignani Videos

VIDEO: Leading Ladies of Broadway Tribute Stephen Sondheim Videoplay
VIDEO: Leading Ladies of Broadway Tribute Stephen Sondheim

by Nicole Rosky - Nov 29, 2021

Today we are flashing back to one of our favorite Sondheim tributes- his 80th Birthday concert, performed with the New York Philharmonic in 2010. Watch performances from David Hyde Piece, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Bernadette Peters, and Elaine Stritch.

BWW TV: How Did KISS ME, KATE Change for 2019? The Company Tells All! Videoplay
BWW TV: How Did KISS ME, KATE Change for 2019? The Company Tells All!

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Apr 28, 2019

What happens when Shakespeare meets Porter? Audiences are finding out eight times a week at Studio 54 when the Taming of the Shrew comes to life onstage within one of the most beloved musicals of the Golden Age. Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, opened just last month for a new generation of theatre-goers.

BWW TV: They Open on Broadway! Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase & More Celebrate Opening Nigh Videoplay
BWW TV: They Open on Broadway! Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase & More Celebrate Opening Night of KISS ME, KATE!

by TV - Opening Night Special - Mar 15, 2019

They open in Venice on Broadway! It was all wunderbar last night at Studio 54, as Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase, and the company of Roundabout's latest musical, Kiss Me, Kate, celebrated opening night.

BWW TV: KISS ME KATE's Sarah Meahl Takes Over Instagram For Opening Night! Videoplay
BWW TV: KISS ME KATE's Sarah Meahl Takes Over Instagram For Opening Night!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 15, 2019

Last night's opening night of Kiss Me, Kate at Studio 54 was too darn hot, and we got a sneak peek at all of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans thanks to cast member Sarah Meahl's Instagram Story takeover! So if you missed all the fun (or just want to relive it all again), we've collected posts from throughout the day to give you a glimpse at what it's like to open a Broadway show. Check out all of the Wunderbar footage below!

VIDEO: Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell Reunite On RAGTIME Duet Videoplay
VIDEO: Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell Reunite On RAGTIME Duet

by Alan Henry - Jan 25, 2019

Twenty years after they first performed the roles, Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell re-united to sing 'Wheels of a Dream' from Ragtime LIVE at the Kennedy Center at the et Freedom Ring! concert in collaboration with Georgetown University on January 21st, 2019. Check out the video below!

VIDEO: Watch KISS ME, KATE's Kelli O'Hara & Will Chase Exchange Holiday Gifts! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch KISS ME, KATE's Kelli O'Hara & Will Chase Exchange Holiday Gifts!

by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2018

Kiss Me, Kate is coming back to Broadway with favorite Tony winning soprano Kelli O'Hara leading the cast alongside Will Chase. Below, watch as Chase gets in the holiday spirit by wrapping gifts for some of his co-stars!

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time Videoplay
BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 1, 2018

As magical as the evening was, after Freddie Gershon gave an impassioned presentation to the duo, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones hit the stage and brought the house down at ages 88 and 89 respectively. They joined forces onstage to perform a song from their musical The Bone Room, described by Jones as being about 'the pleasures of dying and being embalmed in this great country of ours.' Below, watch as they perform together for the last time. BWW feels privileged to share with you a bit of highlights of these two legends together before a rapt and ecstatic audience who precded to shower them with a (well deserved) standing ovation... RIP Harvey Schmidt. 

Video Flashback: THE RINK Opens on Broadway Starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli Videoplay
Video Flashback: THE RINK Opens on Broadway Starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli

by A.A. Cristi - Feb 9, 2018

Today we flashback to the musical that brought a group of theatrical titans and a story about a mother, a daughter, and roller rink to the Broadway stage. 

STAGE TUBE 360 Video: Good News, Dear Friend: Maraczek's is Open Again!
by Stage Tube - Aug 13, 2016

You may not be able to watch Tony winner and mom-to-be Laura Benanti sing live about delicious vanilla ice cream eight performances a week any longer, but you can revisit the world of Maraczek's through this splendid 360 video of the Tony Award-winning set design by David Rockwell. Step into the romantic world of the parfumerie below!

STAGE TUBE: Watch the Opening Number of BroadwayHD's SHE LOVES ME Livestream!
by Stage Tube - Jul 1, 2016

Online theater streaming service BroadwayHD live streamed 'She Loves Me' last night, marking the first time a Broadway show has been broadcast live. Roundabout Theatre Company's hit revival of 'She Loves Me,' starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski. Check out the opening number below!


Paul Gemignani Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Paul Gemignani been nominated for?
Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Tony Awards) for and Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) .

What awards has Paul Gemignani won?
Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Tony Awards) for and Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards).