Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
The Secret Garden
The enchanting, Tony Award-winning musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel is a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
This licensed orchestration is based on the 1992 US National Touring Production.
This show is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium and has 2 keyboard players both with extensive programming. The 2nd keyboard was added for the tour and many of the instruments that were cut from the original production were then added to the Keyboard 2 part. Both books will require proficient players who have experience and a comfort level with dense keyboard programming. There are parts, particularly in Keyboard 2 that are not necessarily pianistic.
Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book but has dozens of other sounds and patches that add orchestral padding to the live players. Among the sounds found in this book are harp, various acoustic guitar, Fender Rhodes, dulcimer, sitar, flute, sarod, tambura, tabla, timbale, bells, strings, celeste, lute, and a handful of SFX. The most interesting patch is a 4 measure section in “There’s A Girl II” that uses a heckelphone which is essentially a bass oboe. The only other time we know this sound is used in a Broadway musical is in “Wicked” , and no surprise, both shows have the same orchestrator, Bill Brohn.
Keyboard 2 is even more densely programmed than Keyboard 1 and will take lots of preparation since there are lots of player notes due to octave displacements in some songs that need to happen due to overlapping notes in the part. This book adds gorgeous harmonies and depth to the orchestration but be prepared that some sections of this book do not necessarily “fit” into a piano players hands as easily as other Keyboard 2 theater books. Some of the sounds found in this book are Fender Rhodes, celeste, strings, harp, bells, tabla, sarangi, bagpipes, sitar, woodwinds, dulcimer, lute, and many others. This book also has a bit of heckelphone in “House Upon The Hill”.
KeyboardTEK also offers the entire percussion book in a Mainstage file as an add on. There is no drum book in this show but there is a Percussion book and many of the percussion instruments in the part are hard to find so many productions opt to use a keyboard player to play the book. It is preferable to have this part played live but in the event you do not have the instruments or the player, you may want to opt for this book.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Music by: Lucy Simon
Book & Lyrics by: Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Music orchestrated by: William D. Brohn
Vocal arrangements by: Michael Kosarin
Dance arrangements by: Jeanine Levenson
Original 1991 Broadway Orchestra
Musical Director: Michael Kosarin
Conducted by: Michael Kosarin
Associate Conductor: Jeanine Levenson
Keyboard: Jeanine Levenson
Bass: Jeffrey Carney
Guitar: Kevin Kuhn
Hammered Dulcimer: Steve Schneider
Harp: Susan Jolles
Percussion: James Saporito
Trumpet: Neil Balm
Trombone: Matt Finders
French Horn: Kaitilin Mahoney, Katharine Dennis and Leise Anschuetz Paer
Woodwinds: Keith Underwood, Andrew Sterman, Vicki Bodner and Don McGeen
Concert Master: Dale Stuckenbruck
Violins: Cecelia Hobbs Gardner, Ann Labin, Jean “Rudy” Perrault, Evan Johnson and Yong Tae Kim
Viola: Julien Barber
Cello: Mark Shuman and Maria Kitsopoulous
Rehearsal Pianist: Paul Ford and John Boswell
Musical Coordinator: John Miller
Original 1992 1st National US Touring Orchestra
Musical Supervisor: Michael Kosarin
Conducted by: Constantine Kitsopoulos
Associate Conductor: Gerald Lynn Steichen
Synthesizer: Gerald Lynn Steichen
Keyboard/Synthesizer: Lawrence Green
Violin/Concert Master: Blair Lawhead
Flutes: Brian Miller
Percussion/Synthesizer: Dean Witten
*other instrumentalists were local pickups in each city
This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.