Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Chris Walker

For over twenty years, Chris has been associated with many West End and Broadway shows including GODSPELL, OLIVER!, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, MY FAIR LADY, TOMFOOLERY, ME AND MY GIRL, CABARET, FOLLIES and HOT SHOE SHUFFLE, as either Musical Director or Orchestrator. He has provided orchestrations for the movies SHIRLEY VALENTINE and IMPROMPTU. He is also a prolific composer and record producer.

Chris worked as Musical Supervisor for the production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Royal Festival Hall and as Musical Supervisor and Dance Arranger with the creative team of the RSC's Stratford-Upon-Avon production of THE SECRET GARDEN which transferred to the West End in February 2001, during which time he continued to act as Musical Supervisor and Musical Director as well as providing new dance arrangements. He was responsible for writing the dance arrangements for the Royal National Theatre/Cameron Mackintosh production of MY FAIR LADY which opened in February 2001 before transferring to The Drury Lane Theatre. During this time, he was also the Musical Director for the Donmar Warehouse Theatre s production of PRIVATES ON PARADE (Dec 2001) and in October 2002, Chris travelled to Houston, USA where he worked as Orchestrator/Dance Arranger for the Theatre Under the Stars production of the musical WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?

Other credits include writing the orchestrations and dance arrangements for the West End Production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG which is currently running at The London Palladium and opens on Broadway in March 2005. He was also the Musical Director for the London production of RAGTIME and has recently finished working with its Olivier Award-winning star, Maria Friedman, on her one woman show. Maria and Chris have performed together at festivals throughout Europe and at The Carlyle Café in New York, where they returned last year for a second season.

More recent credits include writing the orchestrations for the Birmingham Stage Company s production of THE JUNGLE BOOK as well as the orchestrations for ALADDIN at The Old Vic Theatre in London.

Chris Walker has recently completed the orchestrations for the West End Musical ACORN ANTIQUES starring Victoria Wood and Julie Walters and is currently adapting the orchestrations and dance arrangements for the Broadway production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG as well as composing a number of original projects including a new musical adaptation of THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD.

Productions: THEATRE
GODSPELL (Musical Director) National Tour and Phoenix Theatre, London
THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT (Musical Director) Chichester Festival Theatre
JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, RINGO & BERT (Musical Supervisor) National Tour
OLIVER! (Musical Director) National Tour and Albery Theatre, London
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Musical Supervisor) Royal Alexandra
Theatre, Toronto, Wyndham's Theatre and Garrick Theatre, London and National Tour
TOMFOOLERY (Musical Director and Orchestrator) Criterion Theatre, London
MY FAIR LADY (Associate Musical Director) National Tour and Adelphi Theatre, London
THE GINGERBREAD MAN (Musical Director and Orchestrator) Westminster Theatre, London
DEAR ANYONE (Musical Director and Orchestrator Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Cambridge Theatre, London
GIPSY (Orchestrator) Leicester Haymarket Theatre
NICKLEBY & ME (Musical Director and Orchestrator) Chichester Festival Theatre
DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (Musical Director and Orchestrator) Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London
SOUTH PACIFIC (Orchestrator ) Leicester Haymarket Theatre
BOOGIE (Musical Director and Orchestrator) Mayfair Theatre, London
THE BOYFRIEND (Orchestrator) Albery Theatre, London
JUST A VERSE & A CHORUS (Orchestrator) National Tour
JUMPERS (Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor) Aldwych Theatre, London
ME & MY GIRL (Production Musical Director and Orchestrator) Adelphi Theatre, London.
Re-orchestrated for the Marquis Theatre, New York and British and US National Tours
GIGI (Orchestrator) Lyric Theatre, London
THE PYJAMA GAME (Production Musical Director and Orchestrator) Leicester Haymarket Theatre
CABARET (Orchestrator) Strand Theatre, London
THE KNIFE (Orchestrator) New York Festival Theatre
LUDLOW FESTIVAL (Musical Director, Composer and Orchestrator) Productions of Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Comus
LORD OLIVIER'S 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS (Musical Supervisor) National Theatre, London
AN EVENING WITH ALAN JAY LERNER (Musical Director) Drury Lane Theatre, London
BLESS THE BRIDE (Orchestrator) Sadlers Wells Theatre, London
FOLLIES (Musical Supervisor) Shaftesbury Theatre, London
POPPY (Musical Director and Orchestrator) Half Moon Theatre, London
THE SECRET GARDEN (Orchestrator) Virginia Stage Co, Virginia, USA
GIPSY (Orchestrator) National tour
THE WIZARD OF OZ (Orchestrator) Chichester Festival Theatre
LOOK, LOOK (Composer, Incidental Music) Aldwych Theatre, London
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Composer and Orchestrator) Buxton Opera House and Liverpool Playhouse
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Orchestrator) Leicester Haymarket Theatre
MATADOR (Score Supervisor and Orchestrator) Queens Theatre, London
A SWELL PARTY (Musical Supervisor) Vaudeville Theatre, London
SOPHISTICATED LADIES (Musical Supervisor) Globe Theatre, London
PUTTING IT TOGETHER (Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator) Fire Station Theatre, Oxford and Manhattan Theatre Club, New York
VALENTINE'S DAY (Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator) Chichester Festival Theatre and Globe Theatre, London
RADIO TIMES (Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator) Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Queens Theatre, London
ELVIRA MADIGAN (Orchestrator) Malmo State Theatre, Sweden and Swedish National Tour
HOT SHOE SHUFFLE (Musical Director) Queens Theatre, London and National Tours
OUT OF THE BLUE (Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator) Shaftesbury Theatre, London
TIME AND AGAIN (Orchestrator) Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, USA
STEPPING OUT (Orchestrator) Theatre Royal, Plymouth
ALWAYS (Musical Director) Victoria Palace Theatre, London
GALA TO CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM - SONDHEIM TONIGHT (Orchestrations for Overture) DAMN YANKEES (Musical Director) Adelphi Theatre, London
EVERYTHING'S TERRIFIC HELP (Orchestrator) Guildford
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (Orchestrator) Concert Workshop, Theatre Royal, Brighton
SWEET CHARITY (Orchestrator) Victoria Palace Theatre, London
A SAINT SHE AIN'T (Orchestrator and Musical Director),Kings Head Theatre & Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London (Dec 1999)
DICK WHITTINGTON (Orchestrator/Musical Supervisor), Sadlers Wells
Theatre, London. (Dec- 1999 Feb 2000)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Musical Supervisor) Royal Festival Hall (September - January 2000)
SOMETHING WONDERFUL (Orchestrator/MusicalSupervisor) National Tour (March 2000)
THE SECRET GARDEN - (Musical Supervisor/Dance Arranger) The RSC Stratford-Upon-Avon (August 2000 - January 2001)
THE SECRET GARDEN - (Musical Supervisor/Dance Arranger) The Nederlander Organisation - Aldwych Theatre, London (February 2001 June 2001)
MY FAIR LADY (Dance/Music Arranger) The Royal National Theatre (January 2001 - July 2001) - West End Transfer - July 2001
PRIVATES ON PARADE (Musical Supervisor) The Donmar Warehouse, December 2001 January 2002)
WHATEVER HAPPENEND TO BABY JANE Michael Rose Ltd/Theatre Under the Stars (Orchestrations and Dance Arrangements) for production in Houston, USA. (October 2002)
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Musical Orchestrator and Dance Arranger) Chitty UK Ltd, The Palladium Theatre, London W1.(opened in March 2002.
RAGTIME (Musical Director) The Piccadilly Theatre, (February June 2003.)
MARIA FRIEDMAN An Evening With& - The Carlyle Hotel, New York (Oc

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