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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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 2001 Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series) (orchestrator - 1 episode)
- From Broadway: Fosse (2001) ... (orchestrator)
 1991 The Addams Family (additional orchestrator)
 1991 Life Stinks (dance orchestrator)
 1991 The Josephine Baker Story (TV Movie) (orchestrator: songs)
 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 Pippin: His Life and Times (TV Movie) (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)
 1980 Baryshnikov on Broadway (TV Movie documentary) (music arranger)
 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 Liza with a Z (TV Special) (musical arranger)
 1972 Cabaret (conductor) / (music arranger) / (music supervisor)
 1971 Bananas (orchestrator)
 1970 Move (orchestrator)
 1969 Sweet Charity (orchestrations)
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Sweet Charity (1966). Musical comedy. Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Based on the screenplay "Nights of Cabiria" by Federico Fellini. Musical Director: Fred Werner. Dance arrangements by Fred Werner. Music orchestrated by 'Ralph Burns.' Scenic Design by Robert Randolph. Costume Design by ... 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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