A new CD from Michael and Mary Testa, "Have Faith" will be released on Dec. 2 - pre-order the CD now from Sh-K-Boom.
This fall Michael orchestrated a new production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" for Disney, now playing in La Jolla. The next stop will be March 2015 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
Michael's original songs (with lyrics by Robert Landy) were heard in the Robert's drama therapy play, "Borderline". It played at the Provincetown Playhouse from Nov.13-16. Here's the New York Times article about the play.
Michael's latest Broadway orchestration is for Tom Kitt's and Brian Yorkey's "If/Then" now playing at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway. The cast album is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Michael's orchestrations (with help from Larry Hochman, Danny Troob and Oran Eldor) for the film of Ahrens & Flaherty's "Lucky Stiff" can be heard starting this week (8/21/14) at the Montreal Film Festival. Here's the trailer.
Michael orchestrated Lin-Manuel Miranda's 15 minute musical "21 Chump St." for This American Life. It was part of the broadcast on 6/21/14. There's is a cast recording available here on iTunes.
Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda won an Emmy for their opening number of the 2013 Tony Awards, which Michael orchestrated. Take a look.
This winter Michael is orchestrating "Kid Victory" by John Kander & Greg Pierce for the Signature Theatre.
Michael Starobin is a well-known orchestrator and arranger working on Broadway and in Hollywood. He has been the orchestrator for some of Broadway's most innovative musicals such as Falsettos, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins (2004 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations) and Next to Normal (2009 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations). He was the conductor and orchestrator for Disney's animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, orchestrated the songs for Tangled and contributed orchestrations to the film versions of Chicago and Nine.
Click here to hear a NPR interview with Michael (and Jonathan Tunick) about orchestration.
Michael has written an article for the "Sondheim Review" about his orchestrations for "Assassins". Click here to read it. This article originally started as a blog on this site.
Really cool link: Click here to see the Salvador Dali animated short Destino, released by Disney. Michael composed a teeny bit of music for the opening and closing credits. But the short is really worth watching!
Recent composition work includes songs and score for the 1999, 2000, 2003 & 2005 Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circuses, and composing songs and score for the McCarter Theatre's yearly production of A Christmas Carol. Click here for a full listing of Michael's credits.
Feel free to e-mail Michael.
Check out Bridge Records, a label run by my brother David and his wife Becky.
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