Lynne Shankel is an award-winning orchestrator and arranger living in the New York City area. Lynne was recently the music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator for ALLEGIANCE starring Lea Salonga and George Takei on Broadway. Her diverse musical background has led her to write orchestrations and arrangements for everyone from Chita Rivera, the New York Pops and Raul Esparza to Tony Award winner/Bon Jovi member David Bryan 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 ALLEGIANCE. In 2014, Lynne was orchestrator/arranger for the world premiere of CHASING THE SONG (music by David Bryan, book by Joe DiPietro ) at La Jolla Playhouse. She was orchestrator/music director for the acclaimed revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at the Papermill Playhouse (directed by Thomas Kail) and 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 which are featured on her new album, Bare Naked. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
Lynne's debut album, "Bare Naked" will be released on the Yellow Sound Label on Tuesday January 24th. It will be a double album 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.
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 HAS WRITTEN ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS PERFORMED BY:
“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
“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
“Gaman” – ALLEGIANCE
“With You” – ALLEGIANCE
For examples of larger ensembles,
contact Lynne directly at
“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. :)