Podcast Episode 59 – Tony Award-winning Orchestrator, Michael Starobin

When you talk to Michael Starobin about orchestrating for the musical theater, you just know he’s one of those lucky people that is doing exactly what he’s supposed to do.

He’s got such passion for the theater, and for his specific niche, that when he talks about it, it sounds almost, well, like music.

But don’t take my typed words for it.  Listen in to this podcast and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.  In these 30 minutes or so, you’ll hear the Tony Award-winning Orchestrator of shows like Sunday in the Park with George, Next to Normal, Falsettos and more (click here for his crazy list of credits) talk about . . .

  • The difference between arranging and orchestrating.
  • Why Orchestrators are like painters.
  • His two rules for Broadway Producers on how to avoid a flop.
  • What it was like orchestrating with a pencil and paper, and how digital notation changed all of that . . . and whether that’s a good thing.
  • Why his orchestrations may be on other people’s shows and vice-versa.

And just wait until you hear what he thinks about the “incredible shrinking orchestras.”

Enjoy the podcastian symphony of Michael Starobin!

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Click here to read the transcript.


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  • Joe says:

    I first became aware of Michael as I listened to MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS. I found his work so interesting. Later on, I was amazed by ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and still think that MY FAVORITE YEAR ranks as one of the top ten orchestrations in Broadway history. Watching him work (with his mass of hair) during the recording session of GUYS AND DOLLS still rings as one of the coolest things I’ve seen- and that was on Videotape.

    I’m one of those weirdos who sees the giant advertisements in Schubert Alley and I scan the credits looking to see who is the orchestrator. . I am a huge fan of this man and his work.

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