Life in the Pit
54. Principles for Professional Pit Musicians: Paul Perfetti, trumpet

54. Principles for Professional Pit Musicians: Paul Perfetti, trumpet

June 18, 2021

Paul Perfetti was the principal trumpet for the 1st and 3rd national tours of Les Misérables between 1987 and 2006.  He also played trumpet for the 42nd Street national tour.  Before and since then, he has played for several dozen productions in various theaters as well as operas.  He is a Grammy nominated contributor to early music recordings as an expert in historical trumpets and cornetti.  He is a resident of Boston, and frequently is a guest lecturer at places like the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the New England Conservatory of Music.  In this episode, we discuss the lessons he's learned that distinguishes the professional pit musicians with long careers from those with short ones.  This is a long episode, but one packed with wisdom from many thousands of shows!

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53. Low Notes - Jennifer Wharton: trombone, bass trombone, tuba

53. Low Notes - Jennifer Wharton: trombone, bass trombone, tuba

June 11, 2021

Jennifer Wharton loves playing low brass (her website tag is indeed, "I play low notes"), and has enjoyed doing so on Broadway in shows such as Beloved: The Carole King Musical, 9 to 5CurtainsPorgy and BessKing Kong, and most recently West Side Story.  She's played with a ton of jazz ensembles and artists, and is a founder of the group Bonegasm, an ensemble of 4 trombones plus rhythm section!  She talks about her shows and more!  You can find out more about her at https://jenniferwharton.com/

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52. Tours and Reels - Matthew Croft, keyboardist and music director

52. Tours and Reels - Matthew Croft, keyboardist and music director

June 4, 2021

Matthew Croft has either music directed or played keyboard, or both, for theaters all over Michigan, Ohio, and New York.  He has also played for The Illusionists: Turn of the Century on Broadway.  He has also toured nationally with 5 Broadway productions: Guys and DollsThe ProducersMotown: The MusicalSomething Rotten, and most recently Jesus Christ Superstar - the 50th anniversary production!  Matthew talks about tour life, handling keyboard and music directing for some demanding shows, and tips for getting such work including demo reels.  You can find out more about Matthew at www.matthewcroftmusic.com .

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51. Theatre in Ireland - Andrew Clayton, guitarist

51. Theatre in Ireland - Andrew Clayton, guitarist

May 28, 2021

For the 2nd time, LIFE IN THE PIT goes outside North America to explore theatre from musician's perspectives in other parts of the world.  Andrew Clayton is a young guitarist and teacher who lives in Dublin and chats to me about his experiences in the pit and of the Irish theatre scene in general.  You can follow Andrew at instagram.com/claytona95 and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kB2-r-np0agWbqp33eDoQ

 

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50. The Collins Boy: A New Musical - Brad Bass and Cari Joy, writers

50. The Collins Boy: A New Musical - Brad Bass and Cari Joy, writers

May 21, 2021

5 years ago, the host of this podcast, David Lane, was invited to be the arranger and later the musical director for The Collins Boy. Working with the writers Brad Bass and Cari Joy, working with actors like Lisa Howard, Tony Galde, and Russell Fisher, and playing for audiences in NYC and Atlanta have been one of the best experiences!  Brad is no stranger to Broadway.  He was on-stage for a decade with WickedMemphis, and Jersey Boys. Eventually, he left NYC to focus on teaching and becoming a writer.  His long-time writing partner, Cari Joy, is a songwriter, pianist, and teacher.  This is a musical that is still being developed, but set a crowd record at the 2019 Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival.  We talk about that show from where it started to where it's gone to where it's going!

 

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49. “Strategies for Success in Musical Theatre” - Herbert D. Marshall, music director

49. “Strategies for Success in Musical Theatre” - Herbert D. Marshall, music director

May 14, 2021

LIFE IN THE PIT does its first episode on a book.  The book is "Strategies for Success in Musical Theatre: A Guide for Music Directors in School, College, and Community Theatre" by Herbert D. Marshall, published with Oxford Press and available as an e-book through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and other major outlets. Dr. Herbert (AKA Butch) Marshall is a professor of music at Kent State University, and has written this book, which is a wonderful resource for any novice music directors, or anyone who would like to polish their craft and explore new ideas!

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48. Singing for Cirque Du Soleil - Rochelle Collins, vocalist

48. Singing for Cirque Du Soleil - Rochelle Collins, vocalist

May 7, 2021

Rochelle Collins lives in Las Vegas, NV where she has been a performer for Cirque Du Soleil for 19 years, first for the show MYSTERE, and currently for KA.  Her work as a vocalist puts her onstage (and over stage) in the spotlight, but she also performs as accompaniment to the action (in other words, as a pit musician).  She talks about what it's like to rehearse and perform a show for Cirque, and we also briefly discuss her other theatre career with shows such as OklahomaInto the WoodsFiddler on the Roof, and other shows and operas.  You can hear a sample of Rochelle's work with Cirque du Soleil at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXEXkBZtJCg

 

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47. The Itinerant Music Director: Steven Zumbrun, music director, keyboards

47. The Itinerant Music Director: Steven Zumbrun, music director, keyboards

April 30, 2021

Steven Zumbrun has been everywhere because of theatre, and has so many stories to tell!  He's played for shows based in the Springer Opera House in Columbus (GA), the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania.  In addition to playing keyboards and music directing, he also is a performer onstage with acting, singing, and tap dancing!  His stories include creepy high school theatres, a flood, a bus crash, and more.  Steven has truly had an interesting life in the pit, and has an eloquent way of sharing!  Check out his fun experiences!

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46. “The Best They Can” - Trevor Landreth, percussionist

46. “The Best They Can” - Trevor Landreth, percussionist

April 23, 2021

Trevor Landreth is a percussionist and educator in the Greater Wichita area.  In addition to playing in the pit, he teaches high schoolers and college students in not only percussion, but also drum line, something we haven't given a lot of attention here before.  In his spare time, he also co-hosts a podcast about movies called The Couch Critics.

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45. “I just love playing!” - Mary Ann McSweeney, bassist

45. “I just love playing!” - Mary Ann McSweeney, bassist

April 16, 2021

Mary Ann McSweeney has played enough shows on Broadway to be really close to having played in every physical theatre on Broadway.  She's the original bassist for Avenue Q, You're a Good Man Charlie BrownFar From Heaven, and Silence.  But she has subbed for periods on dozens of other shows including The Book of MormonSister Act, Next to NormalMiss Saigon, Billy Elliot, Newsies, and many more!  We talk about her phenomenal career as a Broadway bassist, her side projects, how she gets around NYC with such a big instrument, and what new work she's picked up during the pandemic.  As a bonus: we have listener questions starting at 42:44!

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