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'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.
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,
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“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. :)