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Christopher Jahnke

New Orchestrations

Theatre includes: orchestrator for the Broadway productions of Legally Blonde (and London), Cry Baby, Les Misérables (2006 Broadway revival) and Grease (2007). Chris co-orchestrated (with William David Brohn) Lincoln Center Theater’s productions of Dessa Rose and A Man of No Importance by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Other orchestrations include: Tom Jones (George Stiles and Paul Leigh), Chasing Nicolette, The Toxic Avenger Musical, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley’s album Opposite You, Not Wanted on the Voyage (Neil Bartram and Brian Hill), Just So (George Stiles and Anthony Drewe) and additional orchestrations for the UK tour of The Witches of Eastwick.
He also created the new orchestrations and arrangements for Jerry Herman’s Dear World (available for licensing through Tams-Witmark).
Chris’s new orchestrations for Les Misérables have been performed in the 25th Anniversary Production and can be heard on the 2008 Dutch recording and the 25th Anniversary Recording.

Recently, Chris conducted From Broadway to West End – By Special Arrangement, a tribute concert to orchestrator William David Brohn (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).
From 1996 to 2001, he was resident conductor and orchestrator at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, where he contributed to over 20 productions including the American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s By Jeeves, Houdini, Mirette, Paper Moon and Lucky in the Rain. As assistant to orchestrator William David Brohn, Chris worked on the Broadway and/or West End productions of Sweet Smell of Success, Ragtime, The Three Musketeers (Stiles/Leigh), The Witches of Eastwick, Mary Poppins and Wicked.

Chris is the music producer/music supervisor of Memphis, which won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical of 2010.