Berklee Today: Breaking in on Broadway
Over the past decade, Stephen Oremus '90 has worked as the music director, music supervisor, arranger, composer of incidental music, and conductor and keyboardist on numerous high-profile Broadway musicals. Those shows include tick, tick . . . Boom!, The Wild Party, Avenue Q, All Shook Up, and Wicked. Thus far, his work with composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz on the Tony Award–winning musical Wicked has been a high-water mark in his career. Oremus was on board in Los Angeles in 2000 for the show's first readings, as well as the workshops, out-of-town previews, revisions, and, finally, the opening on Broadway on October 30, 2003. Oremus worked elbow to elbow with Schwartz writing vocal arrangements and labored with fellow alumnus Alex Lacamoire '95 penning incidental music, underscoring, and rhythm section charts.