William David Brohn
When in 1988 Cameron Mackintosh commissioned William David Brohn to orchestrate Miss Saigon, who could have known it would be the start of a professional relationship that’s lasted right up to this long-anticipated 2014 revival!
Brohn, hopping the Atlantic from his New York studio to what would become his ‘second home’ in London quickly realised that Team Boublil-Schöenberg cum Mackintosh were a vibrant sign of the times – an epoch of a new music theatre which spoke to an enormous multi-national audience. He was proud to be a crew member on board this fantastic voyage.
Miss Saigon made her debut in America and not long after Brohn created orchestrations for The Secret Gardenand Crazy For You on Broadway, he was enlisted by Cameron to perform the same duties for Oliver! at the London Palladium. Meanwhile he became a regular guest at the Royal National Theatre under Hytner and Nunn, re-imagining the orchestrations for Carousel, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. Then off to Leeds for the new productions of Martin Guerre which re-united him with Boublil-Schoenberg.
Back to Toronto and New York for Show Boat, Ragtime (Tony Award), Sweet Smell of Success, Wicked and Curtains. Called again for duty by Sir Cameron, he spent part of 2005 in Bristol and London for Mary Poppins. Then Betty Blue Eyes in London (2011) and the Barnum last year in Chichester.
It is hard for him to imagine a more thrilling occasion than being back in London at the Prince Edward, with the team that has so influenced his life and career.