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Larry Blank

Arranger/Orchestrator/Conductor

Larry Blank

Larry has worked extensively as a conductor, composer and orchestrator/arranger in theatre, films, television and concerts.

Larry's orchestrations can currently be heard in RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL'S NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR, and the SINGIN' IN THE RAIN INTERNATIONAL TOUR. Current projects include HOLIDAY INN (Muny), SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Regent's Park), FEELIN' IN THE MOOD (Stanhope Productions), MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS (Theatre Royal Bath), GUYS AND DOLLS (Chichester/Runaway Entertainment) and SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.

Recent UK credits include CITY OF ANGELS (Donmar Warehouse), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Dominion Theatre) and GUYS AND DOLLS (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Larry has received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his orchestrations of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and WHITE CHRISTMAS.

Larry also received Drama Desk nominations for A CHRISTMAS STORY and HONEYMOON IN VEGAS.

Other Broadway orchestrations can be heard in the Lincoln Center Production of THE NANCE, A CHRISTMAS STORY (also a Drama desk nomination), FAME BECOMES ME, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, THE PRODUCER'S, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, TOMMY TUNE/WHITE TIE AND TAILS.

In the West End, Larry orchestrated SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Palace Theatre, UK Tour, Japan, International Tour and Russia), CAROUSEL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE PRODUCER'S, BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED and MACK AND MABEL.

Larry is a regular guest conductor and orchestrator for Friday NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT for BBC Radio 2. He composed the anthem for the Olivier ceremonies as well as providing orchestrations for the past four years. In 2015 Larry conducted the Olivier Awards Ceremony.

Larry began conducting on Broadway at the age of 22. He was Music Director/Conductor and/or vocal arranger for 10 shows on Broadway and in Los Angeles including THEY´RE PLAYING OUR SONG, EVITA, SUGAR BABIES, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES AND PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TEDDY AND ALICE, ONWARD VICTORIA, COPPERFIELD, and COLETTE.

In London Larry was Music Director/Orchestrator for WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE (Ira Gershwin Centennial). For Barry J. Mishon: THE STYNE WAY (tribute to Jule Styne), MR. WONDERFUL (tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.), COLE PORTER CENTENNIAL, STAIRWAY TO THE STARS, MY ONE AND ONLY (in concert), THE FLEET´S IN (tribute to the British Navy), THE TRIBUTE TO MGM, JUDY GARLAND/TRIBUTE and NIGHT OF 100 STARS. Larry was also MD for THE INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ARTS AWARDS at the Dominion.

Larry has arranged and/or conducted for Barbara Streisand, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Horne, Michael Crawford, Christine Andreas, Joe Williams, Yanni, Marvin Hamlisch, Bernadette Peters, Steve Lawrence, Vikki Carr, Pete Fountain. Elaine Stritch, Lorna Luft, Elaine Paige, Jason Alexander, Martin Short, Georgia Brown and many others.

Larry has guest conducted most of the orchestras in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Larry's film orchestrations can be heard in THE PRODUCER'S and CHICAGO. Larry was the conductor/arranger/orchestrator for Jerry Herman´s title song for the film, BARNEY´S GREAT ADVENTURE sung by Bernadette Peters as well as orchestrating/arranging two songs for SOUTH PARK for Marc Shaiman. Music Supervisor/Orchestrator for Jerry Herman´s MRS. SANTA CLAUS with Angela Lansbury. Arranger/orchestrator for the films WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN, THE KID, KISS THE GIRLS, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, FORGET PARIS, CITY SLICKERS II, THE NET, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN 2, BOGUS, NORTH, SPEECHLESS, I'D DO ANYTHING, STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY, ALADDIN KING OF THIEVES, JUNGLE BOOK 2 and CATS DON'T DANCE. Composer for two episodes for the television series, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT as well as music for SWEATING BULLETS and The Grammys. Larry has orchestrated and arranged for 4 Academy Awards shows including parts of the (Marc Shaiman arranged) Billy Crystal medleys.

Larry composed the music for the film THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (for Showtime in the US) directed by Paul Sorvino. In March 1999 Larry conducted the 20th Anniversary Production of SWEENEY TODD at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles with Kelsey Grammar and Christine Baranski and later the 2002 Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center again with Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell. At Carnegie Hall, conductor for Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch and was Music Director for CARNEGIE HALL SALUTES THE GLORIOUS MGM MUSICALS and A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO JUDY GARLAND.

 

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