Larry Hochman

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Larry Hochman
Born (1953-11-21) November 21, 1953 (age 70)
Occupation(s)Orchestrator and composer
SpouseDiane Hochman
AwardsTony Award Daytime Emmy Awards[1]

Larry Hochman (/ˈhɒkmən/; born November 21, 1953) is an American orchestrator and composer. He has won four Emmy Awards for his original music on the TV series 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]


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of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, the TV documentaries Views of a Vanishing Frontier and Yad Vashem, and the films Not for Publication, The Watchman, and Alaska: Spirit of the Wild.[4] He also co-orchestrated (with John DuPrez) the comic oratorio Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) for Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

His musical adaptation 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] Later 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] In 2014, Hochman orchestrated the Colombian musical Por siempre Navidad by María Isabel Murillo, Misi. It was directed by British choreographer and director Mitch Sebastian and repeated in 2015 due to its enormous success.[citation needed] In 2022, he orchestrated Maury Yeston's December Songs, which was recorded by Victoria Clark.[19]

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, with his wife, Diane, twins Brian and Sarah, and daughter Laurie.[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 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
  • 2016 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Orchestrations, She Loves Me
  • 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
  • 2016 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations, She Loves Me
  • 2017 Tony Award, Best Orchestrations, Hello, Dolly!


  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Theatre Folk Nab Daytime Emmys" Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine. Playblog, June 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Awards of Larry Hochman". and the Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ "Tony Award Winners List"
  4. ^ a b c d e "Larry Hochman, Orchestrator and Composer".
  5. ^ "Larry Hochman"
  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. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. 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" Archived 2010-12-05 at the Wayback Machine, Who's Who,
  13. ^ "A New Razzle Dazzle: Kander & Ebb's Scottsboro Boys Jumps to Broadway" Archived 2011-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  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" Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine, May 18, 2010
  16. ^ "The Book of Mormon Cast Announced",, 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" Archived 2011-06-22 at the Wayback Machine., June 10, 2011
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew. "New Recording of Maury Yeston's December Songs, With Tony Winner Victoria Clark, Released November 11", Playbill, November 11, 2022
  20. ^ "International who's who in popular music"

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