Lynne Shankel

Lynne Shankel

Latest news

Lynne's debut album, "Bare Naked" will be released on the Yellow Sound Label on Tuesday January 24th. The album will be a two-disc set featuring songs written by Lynne and Jon Hartmere for the 2012 production of bare: The Musical as well as a collection of Lynne's latest songs.
Look for more news soon!

Sheet music for Lynne's original songs now for sale online. Check back in at the store periodically for new arrivals at Selz.com.

Lynne was music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator for the 2015 Broadway production of ALLEGIANCE starring Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and George Takei. ALLEGIANCE will be shown in 600 movie theatres across the country on Tuesday December 13th. Reserve your tickets now!

The holidays are here!! Check out two of Lynne's original holiday songs on iTunes. All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty). Tickets are now on sale for the 8th annual New York City Christmas Concert at Joe's Pub! Come join Lynne and some of Broadway's greatest talent on December 12th! Tickets

In honor of Women's Equality Day 2016, cultural icon George Takei released a video of Lynne's musical setting of Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman". It has been seen on Facebook almost a quarter of a million people. Video

Lynne Shankel with music pages

Biography

Lynne Shankel is an award-winning orchestrator and arranger living in the New York City area. She most recently wrote orchestrations for Chita: A Legendary Celebration, a benefit concert celebrating and starring the legendary Chita Rivera which played the August Wilson Theatre in October 2013. Lynne has written orchestrations and arrangements for the San Francisco Symphony (featuring Bonnie Raitt), the Dallas Opera Orchestra (featuring George Hearn), Tony Bennett’s famed 80th birthday celebration at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music director/arranger for the B’way production of CRY-BABY, as well as the resident music supervisor for the Tony-award winning revival of COMPANY, for which she conducted the Grammy-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off-Broadway hit ALTAR BOYZ, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for orchestrations. Lynne received a second Drama Desk nomination for her work on THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY (by Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell) in 2010. In 2012, she received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Orchestrations in San Diego for her work on the new musical ALLEGIANCE, starring Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and George Takei. She was the orchestrator and music director for the acclaimed revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at the Papermill Playhouse directed by Thomas Kail, and was the music supervisor, arranger and co-orchestrator for BARE THE MUSICAL. She also collaborated with lyricist Jon Hartmere to provide the new songs for that production. Lynne was music supervisor for the San Francisco premiere of NICK ADAMS at Davies Symphony Hall. She has conducted on Broadway for CRY-BABY, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Recent credits include the world premiere of BEACHES at the Signature Theatre in VA (orchestrations) and CHASING THE SONG at La Jolla Playhouse (music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements). Her orchestrations and arrangements have been played all over the U.S. and as far away as Beijing, China. Lynne lives in New Jersey with her husband, percussionist Joe Mowatt. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan.

Lynne Shankel

Credits

Orchestrations

NEW YORK

  • ALTAR BOYZ (Co-Orchestrator, Drama Desk nomination)
  • THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY (Drama Desk nomination)
  • BARE THE MUSICAL (Co-Orchestrator)
  • THE MEMORY SHOW (The Duke Theatre, Transport Group)
  • VANITIES, THE MUSICAL (Second Stage)
  • SUMMER OF ’42 (Variety Arts)
  • RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
  • A NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS (Joe’s Pub)

INTERNATIONAL

  • THE JOKER’S GAME (Beijing, China)

REGIONAL

  • ALLEGIANCE (The Old Globe)
  • Winner of the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Orchestrations)
  • BEACHES (World Premiere - Signature Theatre, VA)
  • CHASING THE SONG (World Premiere - La Jolla Playhouse)
  • ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Papermill Playhouse)
  • LMNOP (Goodspeed-At-Chester)
 

CONCERTS

  • Chita: A Legendary Celebration
  • Lea Salonga: Playlist 35 (Philippines, Dec. 2013)
  • The San Francisco Symphony featuring Bonnie Raitt
    (Benefit for Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang camp)
  • Opening gala for the Dallas Center For The Performing Arts
    (Featuring the Dallas Opera Orchestra)
  • The South Bend Symphony featuring Anita Johnson, soprano
 

ARRANGEMENTS

  • CHASING THE SONG (La Jolla Playhouse)
  • BARE THE MUSICAL (vocal and song arr., composer of new music)
  • ALTAR BOYZ (dance arr., additional arr.)
  • CRY-BABY (vocal and song arr., incidental music)
  • PRINCESSES (vocal and song arr., incidental music)
  • ALLEGIANCE (vocal, song and dance arr., incidental music)
  • SUMMER OF ’42 (vocal arrangements, incidental music)
  • VANITIES THE MUSICAL (additional arrangments)
  • A NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS (Joe’s Pub)
   

Discography

Summer of '42: A Musical

SUMMER OF ’42
Cast Album
Orchestrations, Arrangements, Associate Producer

Altar Boyz

ALTAR BOYZ
Original Cast Album
Co-Orchestrator

Vanities the Musical

VANITIES THE MUSICAL
Original Cast Album
Orchestrator, Additional Arrangements, Co-Producer

Lauren Kennedy: Here and Now

LAUREN KENNEDY,
HERE AND NOW

Orchestration for
“Unanswered Question”

Sorta Love Songs

SORTA LOVE SONGS
The songs of Paul Loesel
and Scott Burkell
Orchestration for
“Set Sail” by Jason Danieley

OUT OF CONTEXT

OUT OF CONTEXT
The songs of Michael Patrick Walker
Orchestration for
“All About Me” by Anne L. Nathan

Carols For A Cure

CAROLS FOR A CURE 2010
Orchestration and Arrangement for “What Child Is This?” performed by the cast of
Next To Normal

Broadway Bares 20

BROADWAY BARES 2010
Orchestration for
opening number
“The Best Game In Town”

Broadway Bares 21

BROADWAY BARES 2011
Orchestration for
opening number
“Going, Going, Gone”

Broadway Bares 23

BROADWAY BARES 2013
Orchestration for
opening number

Thirteen Stories Down

THIRTEEN STORIES DOWN
The songs of Jonathan Reid Gealt
Multiple orchestrations and arrangements, producer

NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS: A BENEFIT ALBUM FOR ASTEP

NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS: A BENEFIT ALBUM FOR ASTEP
Producer, Orchestration, Arranger, Concept

Lynne Shankel with sheet music

LYNNE HAS WRITTEN ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS PERFORMED BY:

  • Chita Rivera
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Lea Salonga
  • Jason Danieley
  • Marin Mazzie
  • George Hearn
  • Raul Esparzta
  • Lindsay Mendez
  • Lauren Pritchard
  • Sierra Boggess
  • Caissie Levy
  • Chester Gregory
  • Darius de Haas
  • Aisha de Haas
  • Carrie Manolakos
  • Capathia Jenkins
  • Orfeh
  • Andy Karl
  • Lauren Kennedy
  • Alysha Umphress
  • Euan Morton
  • Beth Leavel
  • Natalie Weiss
  • Anne L. Nathan
  • Anita Johnson (soprano)
Lynne Shankel

Press

 

bare: a pop opera

“…bare contributes an important voice to a broader conversation about equality and tolerance, all the more compelling because its impact is both visceral and incisive. Rather than hand out neatly wrapped answers to difficult questions about faith and acceptance, the show lays bare the heartbreaking pain of coming of age in a world in which these questions need to be asked at all.”
– Towleroad, Naveen Kumar

“…Jon Hartmere”s book scenes now draw out the show’s epic-sized emotions, enhancing the engaging and danceable pop score from Lynne Shankel and Damon Intrabartolo…”
– Variety, Randy Gener

Huffington Post Feature - Nuns, LGBT Youth and the Power of a Single Song

Alice Lee and Sara Kapner (the bare understudies) singing ‘You Don’t Know’ at the Laurie Beechman.

 

ALLEGIANCE

“Throughout director Stafford Arima's gracefully staged production, music supervisor/arranger Lynne Shankel's gorgeous orchestrations (some of the most satisfying I've heard in a musical here) inspire an excellent 12-piece orchestra to invest the songs with tons of period personality and East-meets-West textures, right down to the most subtle underscoring.”
– UT San Diego, James Hebert

“…Kuo’s score is refreshingly different, with unusual and sweeping, Asian-inspired melodies, all lushly arranged and orchestrated by Lynne Shankel.”
– North County Times, Pam Kragen

“The orchestrations are magnificent, and exceptionally played.”
– KSDS Jazz 98 Radio, Pat Launer

“Lynne Shankel’s orchestrations and her twelve-piece orchestra are simply beautiful and inspiring.”
– San Diego Jewish World, Carol Davis

“Lynne Shankel’s music supervision, arrangements, and orchestration are key in making this uplifting and insightful production come brilliantly and musically alive.”
– Desert Local News, Jack Lyons

Allegiance highlights - The Old Globe

 

CRY-BABY

“The pit orchestra, led by Lynne Shankel, is the hardest-rocking band on Broadway.”
– Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout

 

NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS
(A BENEFIT ALBUM FOR ASTEP)

This is a project that is near and dear to my heart. A few years ago, I had an idea for a holiday concert. I wanted to write a bunch of very original arrangements of holiday tunes for some of my crazy talented friends. I approached my dear friend Mary-Mitchell Campbell about doing the concert as a benefit for her non-profit, ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty). She was really excited about the idea, so we got the wheels turning. The concert was a huge success! The next year, we made an album of the tunes from the concert with the help of our wonderful friends at Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. The concert is now an annual event! We will be at Joe’s Pub on Monday December 16th 2013 at 7:30pm. Tickets on sale now!

“…The rousing Finale… is guaranteed to have you singing along and dancing around your living room.”
Life Upon The Sacred Stage

“To see how daring many of these arrangements are and how well they work is a true credit to the craftsmanship employed by the musicians, the stalwart performers and, of course, the woman in charge: Ms. Shankel.”
Broadway World, Pat Cerasaro

To buy the album, please visit the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight website. All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP!

To learn more about ASTEP and the great work they do, visit ASTEP Online.

 

BROADWAY BARES

Another organization I have done a lot of work for is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. I have written arrangements for both Broadway Bares and Carols For A Cure. Visit their online store to buy and album or a song to benefit BC/EFA!

 

INTERVIEWS

Zach Redler, composer of THE MEMORY SHOW, wrote a blog about my orchestration for “My Mother And Me”. A fun read for the music theorists out there!

I did a fun interview a few years ago with Jesse North for Stage Rush about what it's like to be a music director in NYC. Visit Stage Rush.

 

Audio

Pop/Rock/Rap/R+B

“Number 918” - ALTAR BOYZ

“Miracle Song:” - ALTAR BOYZ

“I Believe” - ALTAR BOYZ

“I’m Yours” - THIRTEEN STORIES DOWN

“Silent Night” NYC CHRISTMAS
A BENEFIT ALBUM FOR ASTEP

“I Can’t Imagine” - VANITES THE MUSICAL

Contemporary Music Theatre

“Higher” - ALLEGIANCE

“Set Sail” - SORTA LOVE SONGS

“All About Me” - OUT OF CONTEXT

“Wanting” - THIRTEEN STORIES DOWN

“Same Old Music” - VANITES THE MUSICAL

“Quiet” - THIRTEEN STORIES DOWN

Swing

“The Best Game in Town” - Euan Morton
by Daved Nehls
BROADWAY BARES 2010

“Paradise” - ALLEGIANCE

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” - Lindsay Mendez
NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS

Compositions

“Phenomenal Woman” - Kenita Miller
Music by Lynne Shankel, words by Maya Angelou

“I Want To Be Brave”
This is a song from a musical called MAYA
written for the non-profit organization
ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty).
It will be performed by children in India.
This is a demo with an orchestration by
my buddy August Eriksmoen,
sung by yours truly. :)

Video


Lea Salonga singing the symphonic version of “Higher” at her “Playlist 35” concert in Manila


Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena
“I Got All I Need”
Music by Lynne Shankel, lyrics by Jon Hartmere


Telly Leung
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”


Sierra Boggess and Lindsay Mendez
“Still, Still, Still/The First Noel”

Elizabeth Judd and Ryann Redmond
“You Don't Know” from “bare: the musical”
Music by Lynne Shankel, lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Sheet music now available at Selz.com

Jenn Colella
“You're Not Alone” from “bare: the musical”
Music by Lynne Shankel, lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Sheet music now available at Selz.com

Noah Zachary
“Peter And Jason”
Music by Lynne Shankel, lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Sheet music now available at Selz.com


Jenn Colella
“I Will Make Thunder”
Music & Lyrics by Lynne Shankel


Lindsay Mendez
“Full Moon In July”
Music & Lyrics by Lynne Shankel


Lindsay Mendez
“Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town”

Lynne reading a children's music book

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