Signature Theatre Will Honor Award-Winning Orchestrator Jonathan Tunick With Stephen Sondheim Award

Award-winning orchestrator Jonathan Tunick will be honored by the Signature Theatre with the Stephen Sondheim Award April 7, 2014, at a black-tie gala benefit at the Embassy of Italy.

Jonathan Tunick
Jonathan Tunick

Tunick, the first orchestrator to win a Tony Award, is one of only eleven people to have also received an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and a Grammy Award. 

Tunick has frequently collaborated with Sondheim, and some of his theatre credits include Follies, Pacific Overtures, Putting It Together and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His film work includes "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," " A Little Night Music," "Endless Love," "Reds" and "Sweeney Todd."

"It's so fitting that Jonathan Tunick be honored with the Sondheim Award," artistic director Eric Schaeffer said in a statement. "His collaboration on Sondheim's musicals over the years is legendary and groundbreaking. He is a passionate artist who loves every aspect of the musical theatre, and it will be an honor to celebrate his artistry this spring."

"What makes Jonathan Tunick unique as a theatre orchestrator is that he understands the theatre as well as he does the orchestra," Sondheim added. "Orchestrators don't get the recognition they deserve. The Signature Theatre Sondheim Award will, I hope, serve as a means of amending this oversight."

The Stephen Sondheim Award was established in 2009 in honor of the award-winning theatre writer and composer. Previous recipients include Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone and Hal Prince.

To date, Signature has presented 23 Stephen Sondheim productions — more than any other theatre in the United States. 

The April 2014 gala is sponsored by The Boeing Company.

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