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Ralph Burns

 
Ralph Burns Headshot
Date of Birth: June 29, 1922
Date of Death: November 21, 2001 (79)

Birth Place: Newton, MA, USA

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2019]
Original Orchestrations
 
[West End, 2018] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2001]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2001]
Orchestrator
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1997]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1983]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Music Arranger
 
[West End, 1980]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1973]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1967]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1965]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1964]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1963]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1963]
Orchestrator
Orchestrations/Arrangements
Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1957]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1957]
Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1955]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1986]
Orchestrator

Writing

Composer

 

Stage

Productions

[West End, 2019]
Original Orchestrations

[West End, 2018] [Replacement]
Orchestrations[Replacement]

[West End, 2003]
Orchestrator

[US Tour, 2003]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator

[Regional (US), 2001]
Orchestrator

[Regional (US), 2001]
Orchestrator

[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2000]
Orchestrator

[West End, 2000]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Orchestrator

[West End, 1997]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1996]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1986]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1986]
Orchestrator

[West End, 1983]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1981]
Music Arranger

[West End, 1980]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1979]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1979]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1978]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1977]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1976]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator

[West End, 1973]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1973]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1972]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1971]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1970]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1968]
Orchestrator

[West End, 1967]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1967]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1966]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1965]
Orchestrator

[West End, 1964]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1964]
Orchestrator

[West End, 1963]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1963]
Orchestrator

Orchestrations/Arrangements

Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1962]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1962]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1957]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 1957]
Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1955]
Orchestrator

[Off-Broadway, 1955]
Orchestrator

[Broadway, 1966]
Orchestrator

[US Tour, 1986]
Orchestrator

Writing
Composer

Ralph Burns Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Orchestrations Gold Star
Ralph Burns, Thoroughly Modern Millie
 
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Orchestrations Gold Star
Ralph Burns, Fosse

Ralph Burns News

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Doug Besterman Photo BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Doug Besterman
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 7, 2022

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.

Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series Acoustic Sounds Celebrates Impulse! Records 60th Anni Photo Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series Acoustic Sounds Celebrates Impulse! Records 60th Anniversary
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 26, 2021

The Impulse! 60 series will kick off on May 14 with two of the four releases that launched the label known as The House That Trane Built, in 1961: Ray Charles’ singular and long-out-of-print Genius + Soul = Jazz and Gil Evans Orchestra’s superb Out of the Cool. Charles’ album will also be made available digitally for the first time in years.

VIDEO: Yvette Carson Sings 'It's A Woman's Prerogative' From ST. LOUIS WOMAN in New # Photo VIDEO: Yvette Carson Sings 'It's A Woman's Prerogative' From ST. LOUIS WOMAN in New #EncoresArchives
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2020

New York City Center is presenting the #EncoresArchives series! They will be posting daily highlights from their musical theater vault from Encores!, Encores! Off-Center, and Gala productions.

VIDEO: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! A Look Back at 'Mein Herr' From CABARET Photo VIDEO: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! A Look Back at 'Mein Herr' From CABARET
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2020

In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can! In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history!

Photo Flash: New Images From CHICAGO National Tour Photo Photo Flash: New Images From CHICAGO National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 11, 2020

CHICAGO is BACK ON TOUR and its PURE ENTERTAINMENT!  With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!

Riverside Theatre to Present Broadway Hit THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Photo Riverside Theatre to Present Broadway Hit THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 6, 2019

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, is proud to present the exuberant Broadway hit musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sponsored by Bill & Laura Frick and Judy & Bill Schneebeck and presented by Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers Group, Thoroughly Modern Millie performs on the Stark Stage from January 7-26, 2020.

Broadway's Record-Breaking Smash Hit CHICAGO Comes To Houston Photo Broadway's Record-Breaking Smash Hit CHICAGO Comes To Houston
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 22, 2019

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is proud to present the award-winning musical CHICAGO from June 4-9 in Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. SPA and CHICAGO will welcome NFL Legend, Heisman Trophy winner and former Houston Oiler Eddie George starring in the role of "Billy Flynn."

NLF Legend & Former Houston Oiler Eddie George To Star In CHICAGO In Houston Photo NLF Legend & Former Houston Oiler Eddie George To Star In CHICAGO In Houston
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 19, 2019

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) and the touring company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO will welcome NFL Legend, Heisman Trophy winner and former Houston Oiler Eddie George making to the role of "Billy Flynn."

Protestors Take On Long Island High School Production of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Ci Photo Protestors Take On Long Island High School Production of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Citing 'Racism is Not Entertainment'
by Alan Henry - Apr 8, 2019

Newsday Reports that protestors took to the streets outside Huntington High School in Long Island to protest the production of Thoroughly Modern Millie taking place inside, which they say is 'racist against Chinese-Americans.'

CHICAGO In Chicago Tickets To Go On Sale Friday, March 8 Photo CHICAGO In Chicago Tickets To Go On Sale Friday, March 8
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 7, 2019

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce tickets for CHICAGO, starring NFL legend Eddie George, will go on sale on Friday, March 8. CHICAGO will play Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited one-week engagement May 7-12, 2019.

Ralph Burns Videos

STAGE TUBE: The Muppets Take Broadway? Watch Performances with Minnelli, Vereen, Merman & More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Disney might bring the beloved characters from 1984's THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN to the Great White Way. The New York Post's Michael Riedel reports that the Walt Disney Company, which has had the rights to the Muppets since 2004, is 'exploring the possibility' of a Muppet musical coming to one of Jujamcyn's five theaters. Over the years, the Muppets welcomed plenty of Broadway guests and featured many Broadway tunes. In honor of today's news, BroadwayWorld brings you a roundup of some of our favorites!

BWW TV STAGE TUBE: CHICAGO Star Wopat Visits FOX's 'Good Day New York'
by Eddie Varley - Feb 18, 2009

On Monday, February 16, two-time Tony nominee Tom Wopat returned to CHICAGO in the role of slick criminal laywer Billy Flynn. Wopat and the ladies of CHICAGO appeared on the February 16th episode of FOX TV's 'Good Day New York', you can watch the segment right here on BWW TV's STAGE TUBE!

BWW TV: CHICAGO 'Talkback Tuesdays' with Melora Hardin
by Eddie Varley - Jan 23, 2009

A recent 'Talkback Tuesdays' featured a post-show conversation with actress Melora Hardin. BWW TV was there to share in the fun as Melora discussed being a part of the hit Kander & Ebb musical!


Ralph Burns Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Ralph Burns written?
Ralph Burns has written 1 shows including Dancin' (Composer).

What awards has Ralph Burns been nominated for?
Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Fosse .

What awards has Ralph Burns won?
Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Thoroughly Modern Millieand Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Fosse.