LEARNING RESOURCES @ BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
[Berklee Alumni on Broadway ]



Stephen Oremus '90



Over the past decade, Stephen Oremus '90 has worked as the music director, music supervisor, arranger, composer of incidental music and conductor and keyboardist on numerous high-profile Broadway musicals. Those shows include tick, tick . . . Boom!, The Wild Party, Avenue Q, All Shook Up, and Wicked. Thus far, his work with composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz on the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked has been a high-water mark in his career. [Update: This year Oremus won the Tony Award® for Best Orchestrations for The Book of Mormon.]
Small, Mark. "Breaking In On Broadway: New York Alumni Have Made Their Mark in Different Quarters of the Theater Industry." Berklee Today Spring 20.4(2009). <http://www.berklee.edu/bt/204/broadway.html>





Awards
 
2011 Tony Award® Best Orchestrations
    The Book of Mormon [winner]
 
2011 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Orchestrations
    The Book of Mormon [winner]

Production:                           Dates of Production:
The Book of Mormon
Mar 24, 2011 - Present   
9 to 5
Apr 30, 2009 - Sep 6, 2009
High Fidelity
Dec 7, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006 
All Shook Up
Mar 24, 2005 - Sep 25, 2005
Wicked
Oct 30, 2003 - Present  
Avenue Q
Jul 31, 2003 - Sep 13, 2009


To see more details on Stephen Oremus's Broadway career. see his IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) entry.




Selection of Oremus's work at the Berklee Library:

CDs :

The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording
book, music, and lyrics by
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez,
Matt Stone.
CD 32879

All Shook Up: Original Broadway Cast Recording
inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley
 CD 32936

Avenue Q: The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording
music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
CD 32828


Scores:

music & lyrics by
 Stephen Schwartz
MP1508.S34 W53 2004


9 to 5: The Musical
 music and lyrics by
 Dolly Parton
MP1508.P35 A19 2010



Alex Lacamoire '95

[Alex Lacamoire '95 was until recently (January 2011)] the musical director, conductor, and keyboardist for the hit musical In the Heights and is also credited as an arranger and orchestrator of the music. On February 8, [2009] he won a Grammy for his role coproducing the show's original Broadway cast album... Despite conducting In the Heights eight times weekly, Lacamoire made time to collaborate with Oremus on arrangements for Dolly Parton's music for 9 to 5. Lacamoire feels blessed. "Everything has come to me, I haven't really had to hustle," he says. "I don't have a long-term plan. I'm just trying to do only the things that bring me joy."
Small, Mark. "Breaking In On Broadway: New York Alumni Have Made Their Mark in Different Quarters of the Theater Industry." Berklee Today Spring 20.4 (2009). <http://www.berklee.edu/bt/204/broadway.html>


Alex Lacamoire '95
Arranger, Orchestrator, Musical Director,
Musical Supervisor, Conductor, Musician, Musical Staff




Awards

 
2008 Tony Award® Best Orchestrations
    In the Heights [winner]
 
2007 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Orchestrations
     Alex Lacamoire [nominee] (for "In the Heights")

Lacamoire was involved in the following Broadway musicals:

Production:                         Dates of Production:
The People in the Picture 
Apr 28, 2011 - Jun 19, 2011
9 to 5
Apr 30, 2009 - Sep 6, 2009
In the Heights
Mar 9, 2008 - Jan 9, 2011
Legally Blonde
Apr 29, 2007 - Oct 19, 2008
High Fidelity
Dec 7, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006
Wicked
Oct 30, 2003 - Present
Avenue Q
Jul 31, 2003 - Sep 13, 2009


  
To see more details on Alex Lacamoire's Broadway career, see his IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) entry.

Selection of Lacamoire's work at the Berklee Library:



In the Heights: Original Broadway Cast Recording
music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
CD 30749-30750



Legally Blonde the Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording
music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin
     CD 32907

High fidelity: A Musical
music by Tom Kitt; lyrics by Amanda Green
    CD 32906






Elisabeth Withers '94


The following is from an interview with Elisabeth Withers shortly after her Broadway debut in Color Purple:Berklee Today: Elisabeth Withers-Mendes '94 By Rob Hochschild

How did you feel on opening night?
Child, opening night was like getting presents on Christmas Day and finding every gift you could ever imagine. That's how I felt when I stood as one of the principals on the set of The Color Purple and looked out and saw Tina Turner, Sidney Poitier, Anita Baker, Donald Trump, and Ruby Dee in the audience. I could see them from the stage. It didn't make me nervous, but it was humbling.


The Color Purple has had such a huge impact on people's lives; and your character is so important to the plot. What has it been like to be a part of a production about the empowerment of women and life for African-American women in the South?


It's a huge deal as well as a huge opportunity and responsibility. It's like God has placed a gift in my lap and it's going to help other people. There are so many hurting people in the world. There are so many people that have experienced all the things that [the show's main protagonist] Celie went through. A lot of people think, "Oh, I wish I was Shug, because she just loves love." It's a big responsibility when you're telling a story every night. You have to move

yourself out of the way and be submissive to the story you're telling.



Withers performed in The Color Purple from Dec 1, 2005 - Feb 24, 2008.



Selection of Withers's work at the Berklee Library:


  
The Color Purple: A New Musical
music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray
CD 29418



The Color Purple: A Memory Book of the Broadway Musical
text and interviews
 by Lise Funderburg
ML410.R685 F86 2006
    
    


The Color Purple: A New Musical
music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray
MP1508 . R865 C65 2004



Salvatore Spicola '71


Among the countless Berklee alumni that have lived out [the] dream of being a pit orchestra player are woodwind players Sal Spicola '71 and Anders Bostrom '89. Over the past decade, both have worked steadily for various top productions. For several years, Spicola played in a solo saxophone spot in the production of Miss Saigon

Small, Mark. "Breaking In On Broadway: New York Alumni Have Made Their Mark in Different Quarters of the Theater Industry." Berklee Today Spring 20.4 (2009). <http://www.berklee.edu/bt/204/broadway.html>




Spicola was involved in the following Broadway musicals:

Production:                         Dates of Production:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Apr 28, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005
Miss Saigon
Apr 11, 1991 - Jan 28, 2001



To see more details on Salvatore Spicola's Broadway career, see his IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) entry.


Selection of Spicola's work at the Berklee Library:


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Musical)
music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman &
 Robert B. Sherman
CD 32949


Miss Saigon
by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. & Alain Boublil
CD 7598-7599


The Making of Miss Saigon
produced and directed by David Wright
DVD 3829


Anders Bostrom '89


Bostrom was involved in the following Broadway musicals:

Production:                               Dates of Production:

Shrek The Musical
Dec 14, 2008 - Jan 3, 2010
Tarzan
May 10, 2006 - Jul 8, 2007
Bombay Dreams
Apr 29, 2004 - Jan 1, 2005

To see more details on Anders Bostrom's Broadway career. see his IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) entry.


Selection of Bostrom's work at the Berklee Library:



Shrek, the Musical
 lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire;
Music by Jeanine Tesori
MP1508.T47 S57 2009


Disney Presents Tarzan: The Broadway Musical
music and lyrics by Phil Collins
MP1508.C656 T37 2006

Salaam Bombay Dreams: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Spectacular Musical Sensation
DVD 4581


Zachary Borovay '95

Projection designer Zachary Borovay '95 has been a key behind-the-scenes guy for several Broadway shows and other kinds of productions. The use of computer technology for projections is a hot growth area in the theater world, and Borovay is at the forefront of the field. He worked on the Broadway productions of Rock of Ages, A Catered Affair, and Xanadu, and created designs for the national touring company of Les Misérables and many other types of productions in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, and Utrecht, Holland.

Small, Mark. "Breaking In On Broadway: New York Alumni Have Made Their Mark in Different Quarters of the Theater Industry." Berklee Today Spring 20.4 (2009). <http://www.berklee.edu/bt/204/broadway.html>
















Borovay was involved in the following Broadway musicals:

Production:                            Dates of Production:
Elf
Nov 14, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011
Lombardi
Oct 21, 2010 - May 22, 2011
Rock of Ages
Apr 7, 2009 - Present
To Be Or Not To Be
Oct 14, 2008 - Nov 16, 2008
A Catered Affair
Apr 17, 2008 - Jul 27, 2008
Xanadu
Jul 10, 2007 - Sep 28, 2008
Grey Gardens
Nov 2, 2006 - Jul 29, 2007
In My Life
Oct 20, 2005 - Dec 11, 2005
The Good Body
Nov 15, 2004 - Dec 19, 2004
Dance of the Vampires
Dec 9, 2002 - Jan 25, 2003
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Apr 18, 2002 - Jun 20, 2004


To see more details on Zachary Borovay's Broadway career, see his IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) entry.

Selection of Borovay's work at the Berklee Library:


Rock of Ages Original Broadway Cast Recording
musical based on rock songs by various composers
CD 32905

Xanadu Original Broadway Cast Recording
music & lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar
CD 32909

Grey Gardens the Musical
music by Scott Frankel; lyrics by Michael Korie
CD 32908