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 SUNDAY; MADDIE; ROMANCE, ROMANCE; PASSION; WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND; LEONARDO (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 SONG; ASPECTS OF LOVE; TAKE 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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Shaw beautifully scales down a massive Broadway show into a tiny in-the-round space without compromising on pizzazz.”
“The Royal Exchange has definitely produced a hit and one in the best possible taste.”
“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.”