Michael Gibson (musician)

Michael Gibson (September 29, 1944 – July 15, 2005) was a musician and orchestrator nominated twice for the American Theatre Wing's Tony Award for Best Orchestrations.[1] He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations for My One and Only in 1983.[2]

Best known for his work on the original motion picture version of Grease (1978) and the Broadway musicals Steel Pier (1997) and Cabaret (revival, 1998),[1] Gibson frequently worked with the famous composer-lyricist partnership of John Kander and Fred Ebb. He received five nominations for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations: My One and Only (1983 - won), Anything Goes (1988), Steel Pier (1997), Cabaret (1998), and The Wild Party (2000).

Gibson also worked on motion pictures, including Merchant Ivory's Roseland (1976), for which he composed, arranged and orchestrated, and Robert Benton's thriller Still of the Night (1982), for which he orchestrated John Kander's score.

Gibson was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and attended Harvard University for two years before transferring to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts to study music composition and theory.[1] Gibson died in Dover, New Jersey in July 2005 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Ellen, and son Andrew.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Michael Gibson, 60, Trombonist and Broadway Orchestrator, Dies". The New York Times. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. "1983 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Orchestration". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 9 October 2016.

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