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Greenwich's Rob Mathes Loses Bid For Tony Award For Best Orchestrations

Robert Mathes, a musician from Cos Cob, with his daughter, Emma.
Robert Mathes, a musician from Cos Cob, with his daughter, Emma. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Cos Cob musician, composer and arranger Rob Mathes came away empty-handed Sunday night in his bid for a Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for his work on the Broadway musical "The Last Ship."

The Tony Award for Best Orchestrations went to Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott for "An American in Paris." The awards were handed out Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Mathes, a 1981 Greenwich High School graduate, co-produced the last three albums for Sting. The rock star wrote the book and music for "The Last Ship," which is based on his own childhood in a ship-building town in England.

Previews of "The Last Ship" started Sept. 29, with the official opening Oct. 26. The musical closed Jan. 24, with Sting joining the cast for the last six weeks. Sting was also nominated for a Tony for Best Score but also lost. The winners in that category were Jeanine Tesori  for music and Lisa Kron for lyrics for their work on "Fun Home."

Mathes has also produced recordings by Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Lou Reed, Bettye Lavette, Vanessa Williams, Matthew Morrison and Panic At The Disco. He was the musical director for President Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural concert and has been musical director for the Kennedy Center Honors for the past decade.

Mathes received the 2012 Emmy in the Outstanding Music Direction category for his work with "The Kennedy Center Honors," which airs on CBS each holiday season.

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