Jim Tyler

Arranger, Orchestrator

Male

Born: circa. 1929
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Died: March 5, 2005
MIddletown, New York, USA

James "Jim" W. Tyler, Jr., a Broadway orchestrator who created the brassy sound of La Cage aux Folles, and worked on many more musicals, died March 5, 2005, at Orange Regional Medical Center-Horton Campus in Middletown, NY. Mr. Tyler, 76, was an 18-year resident of Middletown after a long career in New York City.

Mr. Tyler's 20-year-old orchestrations for La Cage are heard in the current Broadway revival of the Jerry Herman show, which has additional orchestrations by Larry Blank.

"Jim Tyler knew everything about the orchestration of popular music and especially Broadway shows," Blank told Playbill.com March 8. "He had 'ghosted' for many of the greats on many Broadway shows (without credit) — On the Twentieth Century, Fiddler on the Roof, Golden Boy, Barnum and many others. He finally got an opportunity to stand on his own with several shows, including La Cage aux Folles. He was very generous with his knowledge and friendship and will be sorely missed. I am proud to have known him."

Mr. Tyler was born in Louisville, KY, and raised in Lexington. He attended the University of Kentucky and the Cincinnati College of Music. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

In 1954, Mr. Tyler married mezzo-soprano Eileen Slattery in Dayton, OH. They lived and worked in Manhattan for 34 years, when he was a self-employed music orchestrator and was "a proud member of Musicians Local 802 for more than 50 years," according to his published death notice in his hometown upstate newspaper. In 1987, he and his wife moved to Middletown.

Mr. Tyler worked in television ("Bell Telephone Hour," "Kraft Music Hall," and shows starring Vic Damone and Tony Bennett), and recorded seven albums with his own orchestra. He was Grammy Award nominated for his work with Ettore Stratta and the London Symphony Orchestra.

His Broadway orchestration credits include Half a Sixpence, Over Here! and Home Again. According to his 1984 Who's Who bio in Playbill, Mr. Tyler considered Oh, Brother!, Gantry and Celebration his most musically satisfying work, "if not the most commercially profitable," of the 10 shows he orchestrated and three dozen he assisted on.

Among his film credits were "The Great Muppet Caper" and "Raggedy Ann and Andy."

According to Internet Broadway Database, his other official Broadway credits were Teddy & Alice, Honky Tonk Nights, Jerry's Girls, Grind, Bring Back Birdie ("music arranged by"), Rockabye Hamlet ("additional arrangements by"), the 1975 revue Rodgers & Hart ("additional orchestrations by") and Man on the Moon ("music arranged by").

According to an announcement in his local paper, he is survived by Eileen Slattery Tyler; one sister, Jessee Stokes Bailey and her husband, Jack E. Bailey; one uncle, Chester S. Logan of Cortland Manor, NY; three nieces Betty Sears, Susan Morris and Margaret Ayers, all of California; and one nephew, Jack Bailey Jr. of Wisconsin.

Services are private.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - La Cage aux Folles La Cage aux Folles
Dec. 9, 2004 - Jun. 26, 2005
Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Teddy & Alice Teddy & Alice
Nov. 12, 1987 - Jan. 17, 1988
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Honky Tonk Nights Honky Tonk Nights
Aug. 7, 1986 - Aug. 9, 1986
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Jerry's Girls Jerry's Girls
Dec. 18, 1985 - Apr. 20, 1986
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Grind Grind
Apr. 16, 1985 - Jun. 22, 1985
Additional Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - La Cage aux Folles La Cage aux Folles
Aug. 21, 1983 - Nov. 15, 1987
Orchestrations
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Oh, Brother! Oh, Brother!
Nov. 10, 1981 - Nov. 11, 1981
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Bring Back Birdie Bring Back Birdie
Mar. 5, 1981 - Mar. 7, 1981
Music Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Rockabye Hamlet Rockabye Hamlet
Feb. 17, 1976 - Feb. 21, 1976
Additional Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Rodgers & Hart Rodgers & Hart
May 13, 1975 - Aug. 16, 1975
Additional Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Man on the Moon
Jan. 29, 1975 - Feb. 1, 1975
Music Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Over Here! Over Here!
Mar. 6, 1974 - Jan. 4, 1975
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Gantry Gantry
Feb. 14, 1970 - Feb. 14, 1970
Music Orchestrations
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Half a Sixpence Half a Sixpence
Apr. 25, 1965 - Jul. 16, 1966
Music Orchestrator
(Original)
 
 

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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1984 Outstanding Orchestrations La Cage aux Folles Nominee
 
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