Caroline Humphris

Caroline Humphris Portrait

MUSICAL DIRECTOR/COMPOSER/ARRANGER

Musical Director/Conductor credits include: THE PRODUCERS (as Musical Supervisor: Royal Exchange Theatre); SWEET CHARITY (Nottingham Playhouse); LIVER BIRDS FLYING HOME (Royal Court, Liverpool); THE LAST FIVE YEARS (New Wolsey); THE STATIONMASTER (Aria Entertainment); THIS IS MY FAMILY by Tim Firth (Sheffield Lyceum & UK Tour 2014, Sheffield Crucible Studio 2013); RAGS (Gala, Lyric Theatre, Aria Entertainment); WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Royal & Derngate); DADDY LONG LEGS (St. James Theatre); TELL ME ON A SUNDAYMADDIEROMANCE, ROMANCEPASSIONWHISTLE DOWN THE WINDLEONARDO (all West End); TAKE FLIGHT/CLOSER THAN EVER (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); THE GONDOLIERS/THE WATER BABIES (Chichester); TWELFTH NIGHT/UNCLE VANYA (Donmar/Brooklyn Academy of Music); HONK! (UK Tour); HAIR (Spektrum Arena, Oslo); RAGS (Bridewell, Musical Supervisor); PRIVATES ON PARADE (Greenwich); OLIVER! (Crucible, Sheffield); BABYLOVE (Southampton); CLOSER THAN EVER (Jermyn St); ASSASSINS (New End); THE WIZARD OF OZ (Theatre Clwyd); STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW (British Cast Recording 1992).

For the Menier Chocolate Factory: Trevor Nunn’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (also West End/Broadway); SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (also West End/Roundabout Theatre Company, Studio 54), winner of 7 Olivier awards in the UK and 9 Tony nominations on Broadway; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (also West End/UK tour); THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONGASPECTS OF LOVETAKE FLIGHT written by Maltby/Shire (Musical Director); THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Band/Music Co-ordinator); tick, tick... BOOM! by Jonathan Larson (Musical Director). 

Arranging/Orchestration: DON’T TELL ME NOT TO FLY (McEwan Hall, Edinburgh); WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Royal & Derngate); THIS IS MY FAMILY (Sheffield Crucible); Original full scores for MADDIE (Salisbury/West End), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Theatre Clwyd) and also THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG at the Menier; Specially commissioned work for MARIA FRIEDMAN – BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT both in concert and on CD; IN COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM for Radio 2; CONCORDIA for the QE2. Composing credits include ON THE VERGE (Birmingham Rep) and the new musical ORPHEUS.

19 December 2018

THE PRODUCERS in riotous in-the-round revival

THE PRODUCERS in riotous in-the-round revival

This riotous in-the-round revival at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre was directed by Raz Shaw, with Musical Supervision by Caroline Humphris. 

Manchester Evening News ★★★★★

The Stage ★★★★

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“director Raz Shaw stated that one of the challenges with this revival was whether it would prove possible translating a huge Broadway musical to the intimacy of the round. The crowd's reaction on the night I saw it suggests the answer is a resounding yes.”

“both the choreography and music departments deserve enormous credit; some of the show's dancing scenes are superb and dovetail seamlessly with the small live orchestra nestled into the first level of the round.”

The Times ★★★★

“it just might be more fun than any other bash you find yourself at this Christmas.”

“Raz Shaw’s revival of the exuberantly bad-taste Mel Brooks musical revels in satirical excess.” 

The Guardian ★★★★

“judging by the riotous reception given to Raz Shaw’s superb revival, we embrace Brooks’s bonfire of good taste more warmly than ever.”

“this is a headily pleasurable show that, astonishingly, marks Shaw’s debut as a director of musicals and that offers as much fun as you could hope to find on any stage this Christmas.”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“Shaw beautifully scales down a massive Broadway show into a tiny in-the-round space without compromising on pizzazz.” 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“The Royal Exchange has definitely produced a hit and one in the best possible taste.”

Exeunt Magazine

“Raz Shaw’s production of The Producers takes this space and moulds the show to it. End-on spectacle is replaced with close-up, explosive energy. By the end of the lively first number, it’s hard to imagine this show done any other way.”

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