Episode 20: Tony Winning Orchestrator Larry Hochman

Imagine sitting in your tuxedo at the Tony Awards. In front of you is your friend and colleague. Across the aisle, the guy you call when you have no idea how to solve a problem at work. He always helps you out. Two rows behind you is a guy you’ve met a few times. You don’t know him well, but you like him. He’s really friendly and you’d like to get to know him better.

All four of you are nominated for the same award. Three of you are going to lose.

My guest has been in this situation six times, and something similar is going to happen to him again this coming Sunday night.

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These five men are friends. Four of them are going to lose on Sunday. Larry is the one in the middle, with the blue tie. 

My guest this episode is Larry Hochman, the Orchestrator who won the Tony Award in 2011 for The Book of Mormon. He’s been nominated seven other times:

  1. 2001: A Class Act
  2. 2004: Fiddler on the Roof
  3. 2005: Spamalot
  4. 2011: The Scottsboro Boys (2 nominations in 2011)
  5. 2015: Something Rotten
  6. 2016: She Loves Me
  7. 2017: Hello Dolly!

He’s also my cousin, and he came on the podcast to explain what an Orchestrator does, how he got where he is in his career, what it’s been like working on some of the most amazing shows on Broadway, and what it’s like sitting at the Tony Awards when you’ve been nominated against your friends.

I also got him to talk about what he’s excited to see on Broadway this season (he hasn’t been able to see anything yet because he’s been busy with Hello Dolly!) And he threw in the names of two Elsie alums he’d love to hear on the show.

Also, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the naked photo Darren Criss dropped last week. Did you like it? If so, why? Did it make you uncomfortable? Why do you think Darren did it? Let me know what you think.

Listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/20-tony-winning-orchestrator-larry-hochman/


Coming up on the podcast:

June 19: Got Your 6

July 3: New York Musical Festival

July 17: Mardie Baldo, Gleek Goddess