Reinstate the Drama Desk Award for Best Orchestrations
  • Petitioned Isa Goldberg

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Drama Desk President
Isa Goldberg
Drama Desk President
Isa Goldberg

Reinstate the Drama Desk Award for Best Orchestrations

    1. J M
    2. Petition by

      J M

      Washington, DC

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April 2012

Victory

The U.S. Drama Desk reinstated the award for Best Orchestration due to support from this petition and other online and offline efforts.

For years the Drama Desk recognized orchestration while the Tonys did not - until 1997 this was the only award that recognized our work. The Drama Desk was also the first to have awards for sound design. As you have been in the forefront of recognizing creative contributions, we fail to see the logic in your now continuing to honor design elements like sound and lights but not our musical efforts.

Orchestration is a creative element that stays with the identity of a show for many years after the original physical design (sets, costumes, lights) are no longer used. Not to diminish the work of the composers of musicals in any way, the orchestrations for their scores remain part of the score's identity for posterity.

Simply put, without the orchestrations a musical is not a musical. For the Drama Desks to blatantly ignore the contributions of orchestrators is to stop recognizing one of the most important elements of the industry you're claiming to represent.

We hope that you will reconsider and rectify this omission and restore the integrity that we have known the Drama Desk to have in past years.

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    1. That would be 3,000!

      J M
      by J M
      Petition Organizer

      Local 802 (the musician's union) has just learned that we are expecting "an important announcement" from the Drama Desks! Let's hope it's the good news we think it might be and keep those signatures coming!!!

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. WOW! 2500 signatures in 24 hours!!!

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      Great Work Everyone! Keep up the signing and sharing on Twitter, Facebook and everywhere you can!!!

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. 2000 SIGNATURES!!!

      J M
      by J M
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      The number of people who have signed this petition could sell out any theatre on Broadway!

      While we have yet to receive any actual response from Isa Goldberg, we believe that she will do the right thing and reinstate the award if we continue to apply pressure. Please continue sharing this petition on Twitter, Facebook, BroadwayWorld.com and wherever else you think appropriate!

      Thanks for your incredible support!!!

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    7. 1500 Signatures!!!

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      We've increased our goal to 2,000 signatures and in a matter of hours we've added 600 more!

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    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. 1000 Signatures including hundreds more theatre professionals!!

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      It's been just over 12 hours since posting the petition to demand a reinstatement of the the Best Orchestrations Award at the Drama Desks. And we just hit 1000 signatures! Here are some of the names you'll be joining when you sign on!

      Randy Cohen, Jeremy Rich, Robert Lopez, Richard Snee, Andy Mitton, Jimmy Smagula, Laura Marie Duncan, Jennifer Cody, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Yazbek, Ryan O'Connor, Nate Patten, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Susan Goulet, Marc Shaiman, Robin Carus, Leslie Kritzer, Julie Danielson, Michael Lanning, Adam Pascal, Jen Bender, Barrett Foa, Anne Nathan, Amanda Green, Lea Salonga, Kate Shindle, Mat Eisenstein, Jerry Mitchell, Rob Sher, Jonathan Gealt, Michael Portantiere, Jason Danieley, Capathia Jenkins, Andy Monroe and Patti Murin.

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    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. 500 Signatures including hundreds of theatre professionals!

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      by J M
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      In just a few hours, we have added more than 500 signers to our petition.

      Included in those signers are Broadway and Off-Broadway luminaries including Kerry O'Malley, Ted Sperling, Emily Skinner, Jim Abbott, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Daniel Goldstein, Joe Calarco, Brian Nash, Michael Starobin, Alex Lacamoire, Donna Lynne Champlin, Chase Brock, Tyler Hanes, Tally Sessions, Natalie Douglas, Billy Porter, Joel Fram, Carol Marcus, Jesse Kissel, Tom Viola, Darius de Haas, Justin Paul, Michael Cassara, Nick Blaemire, Sally Wilfert, Kathy Brier, Joseph Zellnik, Jeremy Kushnier, Tory Ross, Joseph Thalken, Julia Murney, Alan Campbell, Everett Bradley, Natascia Diaz, Larry Blank, Jesse Nager, Charlie Siedenberg, Karen Mack, Eugene Gwozdz, Barbara Anselmi, Benk Pasek, Liz Caplan, Ann Harada, Erin Quill and Mary Testa.

      Please continue sharing this petition far and wide. I believe we can create the change we want to see!

    12. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Colleen Darnall ASTORIA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      As a Broadway music copyist I have had the incredible experience to work one on one with some of the industry's highest-caliber orchestrators. This is a job that few people see, or even know that much about, but orchestrators are the people that take a simple musical idea and make it into the magic we see onstage. Musical theater would be nothing without them.

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    • Howard Marren NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      It is unconscionable that orchestrators not be recognized for the extraordinary job they do in bringing the composers' work to life in the theatre. Making musicals is collaborative creativity of the highest order and not to recognized one of the most important of collaborators is to belittle the art of orchestration and the art of making musicals.

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    • Donald Drourr WAYLAND, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Becaue its absurb to not recognize the arranger. Its as much his craft that you hear as the composer's.

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    • Noah Cornman NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Without orchestrations, there's no musical theatre. Pretty simple. Recognize the genius talent of these artists.

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    • David Dillon NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      One of the reasons you dropped this award this year is because of "time"? You couldn't manage to afford equal time to all catagories, so you just drop one? Bet you never considered dropping Best Actress in a Play, did you? Exactly what criteria DID you use to eliminate the Orchestrations catagory? You see, whatever language you wish to use to cover your cowardly, insensitive, and insulting decision to drop this catagory, the actual choice of which one to "cut" clearly shows your "commitment" to art. Bull.

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