Anastasia: A Look Inside The Broadway Musical

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The musical theater is the major employer of woodwind doublers in today’s music industry. As a result, I feel that doublers and all woodwind players need to know as much as possible about the musical environment that surrounds any show. This led me to consider an interview with the musical team involved with Anastasia, the show with which I’m currently playing. During my career, I have been involved in many Broadway productions and been witness to the ups and downs of a steady Broadway gig. Often, egos and industry politics can dominate the environment and make coming to work anything but a musical experience. However, during the current run of the Broadway hit show,Anastasia, I have experienced first-hand how positive an experience a show can be when every member of the musical creative team respects and trusts one another and their musicians, thereby creating a joyous atmosphere for each and every show. This is not a “show business as usual” scenario. In spite of the fact that each of the interviewees was incredibly busy, everyone expressed their desire to do this and we were able to spend an afternoon together exploring a variety of topics that should be of interest to all musicians who have played, are playing, or wish to work on a Broadway show. It has been an honor to know and work with these artists and I hope you will sense the passion that each brings to the table.