Another Shakespeare in the Park success, this time with an original big-band score by Greg Pliska.
    “As usual, Greg Pliska’s witty musical arrangements delight (his swingin’ take on “Sigh No More,” as warbled by multitalented thrush De’adre Aziza, is a showstopper) and provide a big-band lift to rival any skiffle outfit.” –New York Magazine
    Read the full review here.
    The Hollywood Reporter singles out De’Adre Aziza, who “smolders as a courtesan who delivers the bluesiest, sexiest “Hey nonny nonny” number ever heard.”

  • VIGIL (Off-Broadway; Regional)

    vigilMusic and Sound Design by Greg Pliska
    The New York premiere of Morris Panych’s dark comedy starred the brilliant duo of Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg (in what was one of her final stage appearances). Said one Boston critic, “[Director Stephen] DiMenna benefits from a top-notch crew, especially Greg Pliska, whose breezy, though somewhat ominous, music nicely accompanies Panych’s words.” Hear Greg’s “playful” (Backstage) score in the trailer, here.

  • SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED (New York Theater Workshop)

    unmadeLyrics by Mark Campbell, Music and Orchestration by Greg Pliska, along with 17 other composers
    Mark Campbell’s song-cycle-cum-one-man-show has been called “one of the best hours not spent in bed” (Variety), “a refined treat” (Time Out) and “an unexpected little gem” (Vital Voice). The music is supplied by 18 composers (including Greg, who also orchestrated Duncan Sheik’s contribution), and was described by the NY Times as “funny, light, sardonic…amusing observation with an understated acuity that gives this slight and entertaining evening a little extra punch.” Soundtrack available on Sh-K-Boom Records. Score available from Bill Holab Music.

  • TWELFTH NIGHT (Shakespeare in the Park)

    hem12Music Supervision and Arrangements by Greg Pliska
    Nominated for a 2009/10 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Music in a Play, this “lilting, lovely” (Paste Magazine) score for the Public Theater’s 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of TWELFTH NIGHT features music by Hem and vocals by Audra McDonald, Anne Hathaway, David Pittu and Raul Esparza. The orchestrations by Greg Pliska were praised by the New York Times as “music to add color, wit, life to almost every scene, played on a mixture of strings, percussion and woodwinds, the sound evoking a distant era without straining for period authenticity.”
    The soundtrack album is available on iTunes and at Amazon.

  • WAR HORSE (Lincoln Center Theater)

    warhorseMusical Direction by Greg Pliska
    Greg is Musical Director of the award-winning Lincoln Center Production of the National Theater’s WAR HORSE. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play, plus a special citation for the outstanding puppetry work, WAR HORSE combines an orchestral score by Adrian Sutton with folk songs by John Tams. Greg’s work with the ensemble, including several new arrangements for this production, was recognized in an online poll as Best Musical Direction of a Play.

  • AS YOU LIKE IT for Shakespeare in the Park

    AsYouLikeItThe Shakepeare in the Park production of As You Like It, with music by Steve Martin and Greg Pliska, played to sold-out audiences in Central Park. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Lily Rabe, received glowing reviews. Read the NY Times review here.