Peter Matz

Arranger, Musical Director, Musician, Orchestrator, Writer

Male

Born: November 6, 1928
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: August 9, 2002
Los Angeles, California, USA

Peter Matz, the respected musical director, orchestrator, arranger and composer who worked on Broadway musicals, concert and cabaret acts and most recently the Reprise! musical theatre concert series in Los Angeles, died Aug. 9, 2002, after a battle with lung cancer, according to colleagues. Peter Matz, the respected musical director, orchestrator, arranger and composer who worked on Broadway musicals, concert and cabaret acts and most recently the Reprise! musical theatre concert series in Los Angeles, died Aug. 9 after a battle with lung cancer, according to colleagues.

Mr. Matz was 73 and leaves behind a varied stage, concert and recording career, as well as credits as a film composer ("Bye Bye Braverman," "Marlowe") and TV musical director (he was the Emmy Award-winning conductor for "The Carol Burnett Show" for eight years). Mr. Matz was responsible in recent years for the potent sound of Grand Hotel, for which he wrote orchestrations and produced the cast album.

He won three Emmy Awards, for "My Name is Barbra," "The Sounds of Burt Bacharach" and "The Carol Burnett Show." He won a Grammy for the Barbra Streisand album, "People."

He arranged, conducted and produced Barbra Streisand's "The Broadway Album," and arranged and conducted the majority of material on her first five discs on the Columbia label (he composed the song, "Gotta Move").

The list of artists he shaped songs for include Noel Coward, Peggy Lee, Marlene Dietrich, Liza Minnelli, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Bernadette Peters and more. He was associated with the Reprise! musicals-in-concert series in L.A. since its founding in 1995.

Mr. Matz was a 1952 graduate of UCLA. After working in France for two years, he created orchestrations, vocal arrangements, and dance music for Harold Arlen's House of Flowers starring Diahann Carroll, and the brassy faux Caribbean sound of Arlen and Harburg's Jamaica starring Lena Horne.

He was arranger-accompanist for Noel Coward's show in Las Vegas, and arranged and conducted Coward's Sail Away and Richard Rodgers' No Strings (for which he was Tony nommed as musical director) on Broadway. He orchestrated Jule Styne's Hallelujah, Baby!

For many years, Mr. Matz wrote arrangements and orchestrations for the annual Academy Awards telecast.

He is survived by his two sons, Jonas and Zachary, grandson Kemper, and his wife, the singer and actress Marilynn Lovell.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Minnelli on Minnelli Minnelli on Minnelli
Dec. 8, 1999 - Jan. 2, 2000
Music Orchestrator
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
May 10, 1994 - May 22, 1994
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Tommy Tune Tonite! Tommy Tune Tonite!
Dec. 28, 1992 - Jan. 3, 1993
Arrangements and/or orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Anna Karenina Anna Karenina
Aug. 26, 1992 - Oct. 4, 1992
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Grand Hotel Grand Hotel
Nov. 12, 1989 - Apr. 25, 1992
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Doug Henning & His World of Magic Doug Henning & His World of Magic
Dec. 11, 1984 - Jan. 27, 1985
Incidental Music
(Original)
 
    Musical Director
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The American Dance Machine The American Dance Machine
Jun. 14, 1978 - Dec. 3, 1978
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Liza Liza
Jan. 6, 1974 - Jan. 26, 1974
Musical Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Mike Downstairs Mike Downstairs
Apr. 18, 1968 - Apr. 20, 1968
Incidental Music
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Hallelujah, Baby! Hallelujah, Baby!
Apr. 26, 1967 - Jan. 13, 1968
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - No Strings No Strings
Mar. 15, 1962 - Aug. 3, 1963
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
    Musical Director
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sail Away Sail Away
Oct. 3, 1961 - Feb. 24, 1962
Musical Director
(Original)
 
    Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Vintage '60 Vintage '60
Sep. 12, 1960 - Sep. 17, 1960
Music Arrangements
(Original)
 
Beg, Borrow Or Steal
Feb. 10, 1960 - Feb. 13, 1960
Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Whoop-Up Whoop-Up
Dec. 22, 1958 - Feb. 7, 1959
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Jamaica Jamaica
Oct. 31, 1957 - Apr. 11, 1959
Dance Music and Additional Vocals
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - House of Flowers House of Flowers
Dec. 30, 1954 - May 21, 1955
Rehearsal Pianist
(Original)
 
    Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
    Vocal Arrangements
(Original)
 
 

Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1994 Outstanding Orchestrations The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public Nominee
1990 Outstanding Orchestrations Grand Hotel Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1962 Conductor and Musical Director No Strings Nominee
 
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