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Ralph Burns (1922–2001)

Songwriter ("Early Autumn", "Bijou"), bandleader, composer, conductor, arranger and pianist, educated at the New England Conservatory. He studied piano with Marion Deviney. He was a pianist and arranger for the Charlie Barnet orchestra, and later with Woody Herman for seven years. He arranged for Broadway musicals, including "No Strings", "Little ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 1991 The Addams Family (additional orchestrator)
 1991 Life Stinks (dance orchestrator)
 1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven (conductor)
 1987 In the Mood (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1985 A Chorus Line (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1985 Moving Violations (conductor)
 1983 To Be or Not to Be (orchestrator)
 1982 Jinxed! (reunion scene arranger and orchestrator)
 1982 Annie (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1981 History of the World: Part I (orchestrator: "The Spanish Inquisition")
 1980 First Family (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (conductor) / (music adaptor)
 1980 Urban Cowboy (music adaptor)
 1979 All That Jazz (conductor) / (music arranger) / (music supervisor - uncredited)
 1977 High Anxiety (orchestrator)
 1977 The World's Greatest Lover (orchestrator)
 1977 New York, New York (conductor) / (musical supervisor)
 1975 Lucky Lady (conductor)
 1974 Lenny (music supervisor)
 1974 Mame (musical director - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1972 Cabaret (conductor) / (music arranger) / (music supervisor)
 1971 Bananas (orchestrator)
 1970 Move (orchestrator)
 1969 Sweet Charity (orchestrations)
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Chicago (1975). Musical comedy. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Musical Director: Stanley Lebowsky. Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns. Dance arrangements by Peter Howard. Choreographed by Bob Fosse. Assistant Choreographer: Tony ... See more »
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Twice won Broadway's Best Orchestrations Tony Award in collaboration with 'Doug Besterman';: in 1999 for "Fosse," and, posthumously, in 2002 for "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

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