James Fradrich was the composer of NORTH ATLANTIC which won the Show Business Award of 1977 for “Outstanding Musical Production.” He also received an award for “Best Musical Score” for THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN at Wilmette, Illinois Children’s Theatre. He was arranger and musical director for the hit off-Broadway musical BOY METS BOY. Other off-Broadway productions—as musical director and/or arranger—have included CARNIVAL (Equity Library Theatre), GIFT OF THE MAGI (Players Theatre), BABES IN ARMS (Playwrights Horizons), FROM BROOKS WITH LOVE (Harold Clurman), and MAN WITH A LOAT OF MISCHIEF (The Production Company). He has served in the same capacity on several regional productions and toured as pianist/arranger on I AM AN AMERICAN (for USO). He was assistant to orchestrator William D. Brohn for the Broadway productions of MISS SAIGON, THE SECRET GARDEN, and the first national tour of JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY. He toured as pianist for the Columbia Artists Management with The First Gilbert & Sullivan Quartet and played engagements with several symphony orchestras. Other awards have included State Winner Piano for Federated Music Clubs of Wisconsin and Finalist & Alternative Winner for Green Bay Symphony Concert Composition. Fradrich was a graduate of Lawrence University and was Archivist/Concert Librarian/General Musical Consultant for Rodgers and Hammerstein.
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