William Gaxton and Constance Carpenter in original Broadway production of "A Connecticut Yankee" (1927).

William Gaxton and Constance Carpenter in original Broadway production of "A Connecticut Yankee" (1927).

Man, is it ever hard to find a decent portrait of a Broadway musical orchestrator (even when the arranger also is a composer), so I guess it’s a fantastic idea that the Library of Congress is presenting a free two-day symposium on the topic in May.  You can read the press release with full information here.  The program is being offered in tandem with the publication of The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations by Steven Suskin (Oxford University Press, 2009), a book which clearly fills a gap that sorely needed filling (I’ll have to let you know more about the book some day; the title is not yet even on order at my library).

For the record, the orchestrator for the original Broadway production of A Connecticut Yankee was Roy K. Webb (had to look that up on IBDB)

Image credit: NYPL Digital Gallery Image ID: 485112

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