Luther Henderson

Luther Henderson

Arranger

Luther Henderson, the musical director, arranger, orcestrator and composer who helped give the distinctive sound to such musicals as Funny Girl, Play On! and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, died July 29, 2003, after a long battle with cancer, according to colleagues in the theatre community. Mr. Henderson was 84. As dance arranger and/or orchestrator, Mr. Henderson's credits include Flower Drum Song, Do Re Mi, Hallelujah Baby and the revival of No, No, Nanette. He is the arranger of "Three Black Kings," composed by Duke Ellington, originally commissioned by the Dance Theatre of Harlem as Les Trois Rois Noirs.

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  • Also known as: Luther Henderson, Jr.
  • Born: Mar 14, 1919 in Kansas City, MO, USA
  • Death: Jul 29, 2003 in New York, NY, USA

Roles (52)

Play On! Playbill - Opening Night, March 1997 Play On! (1997)
Opened Mar 20, 1997
  • Orchestrations
  • Musical Supervisor
  • Music Arrangements
Play On - March 04, 1997
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Jelly's Last Jam Playbill - Opening Night, April 1992 Jelly's Last Jam (1992)
Opened Apr 26, 1992
  • Additional Music
  • Music Adapation
  • Music Orchestrator
  • Musical Supervisor
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Black and Blue Playbill - Opening Night, Jan 1989 Black and Blue (1989)
Opened Jan 26, 1989
  • Additional Orchestrations
  • Additional Arrangements
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Ain't Misbehavin' Playbill - Aug 1988 Ain't Misbehavin' (1988)
Opened Aug 15, 1988
  • Conductor
  • Pianist
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Arrangements
Ain't Misbehavin' - Opening Night
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The First Playbill - Opening Night, Nov 1981 The First (1981)
Opened Nov 17, 1981
  • Music Orchestrations
  • Musical Supervisor
  • Dance Arrangements
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Happy New Year Playbill - April 1980 Happy New Year (1980)
Opened Apr 27, 1980
  • Music Orchestrations
  • Musical Supervisor
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The American Dance Machine Playbill - June 1978 The American Dance Machine (1978)
Opened Jun 14, 1978
  • Dance Arrangements
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Ain't Misbehavin' Playbill - May 1978 Ain't Misbehavin' (1978)
Opened May 9, 1978
  • Music Orchestrations
  • Music Supervision and Arrangements
  • Musical Supervisor
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So Long, 174th Street Playbill - April 1976 So Long, 174th Street (1976)
Opened Apr 27, 1976
  • Music Orchestrations
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Rodgers & Hart Playbill - April 1975 Rodgers & Hart (1975)
Opened May 13, 1975
  • Principal Orchestrator
  • Dance Arrangements
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Awards

Drama Desk Award
2003 Outstanding Orchestrations Little Ham Nominee
1992 Outstanding Orchestrations Jelly's Last Jam Winner
Tony Award
1997 Orchestrations Play On! Nominee
1992 Original Score Jelly's Last Jam Nominee