Larry Hochman

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Larry Hochman
Born (1953-11-21) November 21, 1953 (age 60)
Paterson, New Jersey
Occupation orchestrator and composer
Spouse(s) Diane Hochman
Awards Daytime Emmy Awards[1]

Larry Hochman /ˈhɔːkmən/ (born November 21, 1953 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American orchestrator and composer. He has won four Emmy Awards for his original music on the TV series The Wonder Pets,[2] and a Tony Award for his orchestrations for The Book of Mormon.[3]

Early life and training[edit]

He studied music theory and composition at Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Mannes College of Music.[4]

Career[edit]

Hochman's musical One Man Band, for which he wrote the score with Marc Elliot, was produced off-Broadway in 1985, and was later staged at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida.[5] The New York Times reviewer wrote, "The 10 musical numbers, written by Marc Elliot and Larry Hochman, and Mr. Elliot's lyrics for the songs, move the story along and provide some good comic effects...[there are] some old-fashioned songs in the show that you find yourself humming afterward, and a few stay with you a long time."[6]

In 1987, Hochman worked on the short-lived Broadway stage musical Late Nite Comic as orchestrator and musical arranger.[7] Though his arrangements were not recorded on the cast recording in March 1988,[8] they are heard on the 25th Anniversary recording. Hochman has provided additional orchestrations for the Broadway musicals The Little Mermaid, Prince of Central Park,[9] and The Music Man, among others. He served as orchestrator for Spamalot, which garnered him a Tony Award[10] nomination for Best Orchestrations, as did A Class Act in 2001 and the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

Working with Danny Troob, he composed additional music for Disney's Little Mermaid II. Hochman has composed and arranged music for two episodes of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, the TV documentaries Views of a Vanishing Frontier and Yad Vashem, and the films Not for Publication, The Watchman, and Alaska: Spirit of the Wild.[4] He also co-orchestrated (with John DuPrez) the comic oratorio Not the Messiah for Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

His musical adatation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera (not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version) toured North America in 1990, receiving positive reviews.[4] In 1996, Hochman wrote "A Sondheim Medley", which was later authorized by Mr. Sondheim.[4] Hochman's song, "Rising Like The Sun", was performed at the opening ceremony for America's Millennium in Washington, DC.[4]

He provided orchestrations for the 2004 premiere of Frank Loesser's Señor Discretion Himself at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC.[11] Hochman also orchestrated Marvin Hamlisch's score for the 2009 film The Informant!. Hochman has arranged music for concerts for Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Mandy Patinkin, Stephen Sondheim, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Maury Yeston, Marvin Hamlisch, Hugh Jackman, Betty Buckley, Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.[12]

In 2010, Hochman provided orchestrations for the musicals The Addams Family and The Scottsboro Boys.[13][14][15] Current projects include The Book of Mormon (for which Hochman won Tony and Drama Desk Awards),[16][17] and Death Takes A Holiday (the 2011 musical by Maury Yeston, Peter Stone and Tom Meehan).[18]

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, with his wife, Diane and daughter, Laurie.[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Won
  • 1985 ASCAP Award, Musical Theatre, One Man Band
  • 2008 Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music, The Wonder Pets
  • 2009 Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music, The Wonder Pets
  • 2010 Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music, The Wonder Pets
  • 2010 Emmy Award, Outstanding Original Song for Children's and Animation Program, The Wonder Pets (co-composed with Jerry Bock)
  • 2011 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Orchestrations, The Book of Mormon
  • 2011 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations, The Book of Mormon
Nominations
  • 1985 Bistro Award, Composing, One Man Band
  • 2001 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations, A Class Act
  • 2004 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations, Fiddler on the Roof
  • 2005, Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Orchestrations, Spamalot
  • 2005 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations, Spamalot
  • 2010 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Orchestrations, The Scottsboro Boys
  • 2011 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations, The Scottsboro Boys

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Theatre Folk Nab Daytime Emmys". Playblog, June 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Awards of Larry Hochman". Amazon.com and the Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ "Tony Award Winners List"
  4. ^ a b c d e http://www.larryhochman.net/bio.html
  5. ^ "Larry Hochman" broadwayworld.com
  6. ^ "STAGE: 'One Man Band' at South Street Theatre" New York Times, January 5, 1985.
  7. ^ Gussow, Mel, 'A Musical: Late Nite Comic', The New York Times, October 17, 1987.
  8. ^ Gari, Brian. Sleeve notes to Original Cast LP Late Nite Comic. OC8843 (1988)
  9. ^ "The City Is Sweet and Muggers Are Merry;" from The New York Times, November 10, 1989. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew (21 November 2008). "Spamalot Will Now Close Jan. 11, 2009". Playbill. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Riis, Thomas Laurence. Frank Loesser (2008), Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-11051-0, pp.219-223
  12. ^ "Larry Hochman", Who's Who, playbill.com
  13. ^ "A New Razzle Dazzle: Kander & Ebb's Scottsboro Boys Jumps to Broadway" playbill.com
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth (March 8, 2010). "Lane and Neuwirth Lead The Addams Family to Broadway, Starting March 8". Playbill. 
  15. ^ "Scottsboro Boys Finds Broadway Home at the Lyceum Theatre" playbill.com, May 18, 2010
  16. ^ "The Book of Mormon Cast Announced", broadwayworld.com, 2010-11-17
  17. ^ "'South Park' creators' musical comedy 'Book of Mormon' gets Broadway dates". Los Angeles Times. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Jones, Kenneth. Julian Ovenden's Reaper Has a Song in His Heart in Death Takes a Holiday, Premiering in NYC". Playbill.com, June 10, 2011
  19. ^ "International who's who in popular music" books.google.com

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