Larry’s career as composer and orchestrator spans over 40 years and encompasses theatre, film, recordings, concerts, television, and video games. Most well known as for his work in theatre, Larry has orchestrated over a hundred musicals. His first opportunity to orchestrate a show was Pushcart’s Emmy-Nominated TV special, Friends and Feelings in 1977, and one of his most recent is The Velveteen Rabbit, which Larry celebrated as his 22nd show with Pushcart Players.
Following his Broadway debut as a pit pianist in Pippin (1974), Larry worked for many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as pianist, and several as music director. In the 1980’s Larry and his life-long friend and collaborator, the late Larry Gates, wrote and produced hundreds of award-winning TV and radio commercials for their company Newfound Music, including Linda Kaplan’s well-known “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid.” Newfound Music’s first production was Pushcart’s Friends and Feelings, noted above.
Larry returned to Broadway in the late 1990’s, now as orchestrator, and has become one of Broadway’s most established in that field. His 18 Broadway shows as orchestrator include Spamalot, The Addams Family, Pippin (2013 Revival), The Scottsboro Boys, Jane Eyre, Something Rotten, She Loves Me, and The Prom. He has won the Tony Award (The Book of Mormon), two Drama Desk Awards, and The Outer Critics Circle Award (Hello Dolly). This year he received his 9th Tony Award Nomination, for his orchestration of Kiss Me Kate, also his 9th Emmy nomination, as composer for PBS’s Peg + Cat.
In other mediums, Larry was lead composer on Nickelodeon’s The Wonder Pets!, for which he has won five Emmy Awards. Orchestrations for 18 films include Disney’s Lady and the Tramp II, Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant! and Netflix’s upcoming Over the Moon. He has arranged for Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Maury Yeston, Michael Feinstein, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Marvin Hamlisch, Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, The Boston Pops Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and The Big Apple Circus. His original music has been recorded by Carlin America and Sono Luminus Records and is published by Schott Music, G. Schirmer, and E.B. Marks. These compositions include the songs “Reason to Be Thankful” (lyrics by Sheldon Harnick) and “American Dream” (written with lyricist and co-composer Laurie Hochman, whose “The Pledge of Allegiance” appears on the same album and with whom he co-composed Pushcart’s Happily Ever After). They also include the symphonic poem In Memoriam, and Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall by The New York Pops Orchestra, conducted by Judith Clurman.
Larry Hochman is the recipient of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Applause Award for his many years of shows with Pushcart Players. In 2016, Larry received Manhattan School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Since 2016, Larry is a member of the cast of Beatlemania.