Jonathan Tunick (born April 19, 1938, New York City) is an American orchestrator, musical director, and composer, and one of nineteen of the "EGOT" – people to have won all four major American show business awards: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.[1] He is best known for orchestrating the works of Stephen Sondheim, their collaboration starting in 1970 with Company and continuing until Sondheim's death in 2021.

Jonathan Tunick
Born (1938-04-19) April 19, 1938 (age 85)
New York City, New York, United States
EducationBard College, Juilliard School
Occupations
  • Orchestrator
  • musical director
  • composer
SpouseLeigh Beery
AwardsEGOT

Biography edit

Tunick graduated from Hunter College Elementary School, the LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, and holds degrees from Bard College and the Juilliard School.[1] Tunick's principal instrument is the clarinet.[2]

Much of his work has arisen from his involvement in theatre, and he is associated especially with the musicals of Stephen Sondheim.[3] Sondheim said of Tunick's work: "'I think he's tops'..." and further noted that "Tunick is a standout in his field not only because of his musicianship and imagination, but primarily because of 'his great sensitivity to theatrical atmosphere'".[4]

Tunick also has a band, the "Broadway Moonlighters", which played at Birdland in March 2012[2] and in 2008 with Barbara Cook as his special guest.[5] He has worked as an arranger and/or conductor on recordings with Judy Collins, Kiri Te Kanawa, Brian Asawa, Sir Neville Mariner, Itzhak Perlman, Plácido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Bernadette Peters.[6] In his review of the Bernadette Peters recording Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein (Angel Records, 2002), John Kenrick wrote: "Jonathan Tunick provides the brilliant arrangements."[7] Tunick won the Grammy Award as "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement" for his work on the song "No One Is Alone" from the Cleo Laine album Cleo Laine Sings Sondheim (RCA Victor, 1987).[8]

Tunick won the first Tony Award for Best Orchestrations that was awarded, in 1997, for Titanic.[3][9]

In addition to the other awards, he has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations three times and won a Drama Desk Special Award in 1982.

Tunick was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2009.[10]

Personal life edit

Tunick is married to actress Leigh Beery[1] (also known as "Lee Beery"), who appeared in the television soap opera Dark Shadows in 1971.[11]

Work edit

Stage edit

Sources - AllMusic;[12] Internet Broadway Database[13]

Filmography edit

Sources - AllMusic;[12] Internet Movie Database[25]

Awards and nominations edit

Academy Awards edit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1977 Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score A Little Night Music Won [29]

Drama Desk Awards edit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1982 Drama Desk Special Award Honoree [30]
1984 Outstanding Orchestrations Baby Nominated [31]
1988 Into the Woods Nominated [32]
1994 Passion Won [33]
1997 Titanic Won [34]
1999 Captains Courageous Nominated [35]
2000 Saturday Night Nominated [36]
2001 Follies Nominated [37]
2002 Elaine Stritch: At Liberty Nominated [38]
2007 The Apple Tree Nominated [39]
LoveMusik Won
2008 A Catered Affair Nominated [40]
2014 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Nominated [41]
2018 Carousel Won [42]
Pacific Overtures Nominated
2020 West Side Story Nominated [43]

Grammy Awards edit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1981 Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special Endless Love: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Nominated [44]
1988 Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) "No One is Alone" Won

Primetime Emmy Awards edit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1982 Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Night of 100 Stars Won [45]
1984 Live from Lincoln Center (Episode: "Marilyn Horne's Great American Songbook") Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore) American Playhouse (Episode: "Concealed Enemies") Nominated
1989 Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music Tattingers Nominated
1993 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music Love & War Nominated

Tony Awards edit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 Best Orchestrations Titanic Won [46]
2000 Marie Christine Nominated [47]
2001 Follies Nominated [48]
2003 Nine Nominated [49]
2005 Pacific Overtures Nominated [50]
2007 110 in the Shade Nominated [51]
LoveMusik Nominated
2008 A Catered Affair Nominated [52]
2010 Promises, Promises Nominated [53]
2014 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Nominated [54]
2018 Carousel Nominated [55]

See also edit

References edit

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  2. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "Tony-Winning Orchestrator Jonathan Tunick Plays Birdland March 19; Rebecca Faulkenberry Is Special Guest", playbill.com, March 19, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Jonathan Tunick biography, sondheimguide.com; accessed April 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Sharbutt, Jay. "Orchestrators", The Associated Press, May 23, 1982 (no page number)
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Cook Will Join Tunick at Birdland Nov. 24", playbill.com; November 11, 2008
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  7. ^ Kenrick, John. "Solo CD's. Bernadette Peters" Musicals101.com; accessed April 18, 2012
  8. ^ "Laine Sings Sondheim", allmusic.com; accessed April 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Kuchwara. Michael (Byline). "Revival rakes in the awards; Tony taps 'Chicago'", Chicago Sun-Times, June 2, 1997, p. 25
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Theater Hall of Fame Ceremony Presented Jan. 26; Ivey Hosts" playbill.com, January 26, 2009
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  14. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. "Chapter Two, A New Arena:The 1950's" Off-Broadway Musicals Since 1919 (2011), (books.google.com), Scarecrow Press, Inc., ISBN 978-0-8108-7771-9, p. 43
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