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Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Mario DeCiutiis, Dave Roth, Matt Beaumont

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Mario DeCiutiis, Dave Roth, and Matt Beaumont’s percussion setup for the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.

"Most of the percussion is played on the PanKATs. The white lettering is used to remind the players which pad triggers which sample."

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Kyle Maxwell-Doherty, Joshua Mark Samuels

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Kyle Maxwell-Doherty and Joshua Mark Samuels' percussion setup for the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.

"Having the ability to perform the majority of the book on electronic percussion instruments (save the timpani) allows the rest of the band to spread out physically and save their ears in the pit. However, the main reason for the extensive use of electronic percussion is the control and flexibility it affords the section."

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Something Rotten - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer

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Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the 2015-2017 original Broadway production of Something Rotten at the St James Theatre.

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Something Rotten - Broadway - Perry Cavari

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Perry Cavari's drum set setup for the 2015-2017 original Broadway production of Something Rotten at the St James Theatre.

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Nice Work If You Can Get it - Broadway - Eric Poland

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Eric Poland's vintage drum set setup for Nice Work If You Can Get It from the Broadway production at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.

"My goal was to get a sound closest to calf without having to deal with the upkeep and inconsistencies of natural heads.”

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Nice Work If You Can Get It - Broadway - Andy Blanco

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Andy Blanco's percussion setup from the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Imperial Theatre.

"It worked out well to have the vibraphone and xylophone in this position because there is a lot of back and forth between the two."

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A Christmas Story - Tour - Matt Watson

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Matt Watson's setup for the tour of A Christmas Story.

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Newsies - Broadway - Paul Davis

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Paul Davis' setup for the Broadway production of Newsies at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

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Mary Poppins - International - Nick Apivor

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Nick Apivor's combined set up for Mary Poppins at the Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

"As I was the only percussionist I needed to cover both percussion 1 and 2 books."

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New York Spectacular at Radio City - Joshua Mark Samuels

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Joshua's Mark Samuels' drum set setup for the New York Spectacular at Radio City.

"This show was incredible not just because the orchestra and music was fantastic, but also because during one number in the middle of the show, the percussionist and I got off the band car, changed into costumes and headed up to the stage where we ran down the aisle and performed bucket solos."

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Chicago - International - Tim Sellars

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Tim Sellars' setup for Chicago at the Court Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"For the ‘clank’ sound I went with a car brake drum..."

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Bandstand - Broadway - Adam Wolfe

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Adam Wolfe’s setup for the Broadway production of Bandstand at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre in New York City.

“When the onstage drummer is playing, I’m either tacet or playing percussion.”

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen's setup for the The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

"The Tam Tam has the mounted 'throw ‘n’ go' mallet mount."

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Miss Saigon - Tour - Russ Nyberg

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Russ Nyberg's combined book setup for the 2018-2019 National Tour of Miss Saigon at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

"I remember the learning curve being a lot steeper verses other shows because there was a bit of choreography and memorization involved. I ran the show down every day to prep as a sub and it certainly benefitted me once I played my first show."

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Curtains - International - Rob Holinaty

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Rob Holinaty’s combined book setup for Curtains at the Drury Lane Theatre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

"I am running a microKORG as a MIDI controller through my MacBook Pro into MainStage..."

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Pippin - Regional - Will Marinelli

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Will Marinelli's percussion setup for the Hightstown High School's production of Pippin in Hightstown, New Jersey.

"Just prior to downbeat on our final show, the soundboard died."

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Pajama Game - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen’s percussion setup for Pajama Game at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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Groundhog Day - Broadway - Howard Joines

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Howard Joines’ setup from the 2017 Broadway production of Groundhog Day at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City.

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Sweeney Todd - Regional - Sam Wisman

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Sam Wisman’s combined book setup for Sweeney Todd at Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

"I mount as much as possible from STRONG cymbal stands and stack cymbals to save space and allow easy one handed rolls."

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The King and I - Broadway - Dan Haskins

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Dan Haskins' percussion set up for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I, winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

"This was the largest orchestra running on Broadway at 29 players, and also the largest cast at 51 actors/dancers. The drum-set and percussion parts were all played by one person."

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Lion King - Broadway - Carter McLean

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Carter McLean's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Lion King currently running at the Minskoff Theatre.

"The best part of this show is all the styles you get to play. It has an African/Pop core and then branches off to Rock, Latin, R&B Ballads, and Big Drum breaks."

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In The Heights - Regional - Brett Beiersdorfer

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Brett Beiersdorfer's setup for In the Heights at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, New York.

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Guilford

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Rob Guilford's percussion setup for Tarzan at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, New York.

"Space was very tight in the theater, so having the malletKAT for all of the mallet and timpani parts was a lifesaver."

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Fedson

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Rob Fedson's setup for Tarzan at the Palace Theatre in Georgetown, Texas (Austin area).

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The Light in the Piazza - Broadway - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's setup for the Broadway production of The Light in the Piazza at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.

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Next to Normal - International - Tim Collins

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Tim Collins' setup for Next to Normal at Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia.

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Smokey Joe's Cafe - Regional - Debbie Minnichelli

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Debbie Minnichelli's percussion setup for Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim, California.

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Wicked - Broadway - Matt Vander Ende

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Matt Vander Ende's drum set setup from the currently running Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

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Wicked - Broadway - Andy Jones

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Andy Jones' percussion setup from the currently running Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

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Les Miserables - Regional - Guy Gauthreaux

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Guy Gauthreaux's setup for Les Miserables at the Theatre Baton Rouge in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.

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The Light In The Piazza - Concert - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's setup for the Lincoln Center Benefit Concert of The Light In The Piazza.

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Hairspray - International - Craig Given

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Craig Given's percussion setup for Hairspray at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand for Showbiz Christchurch.

"I made some special double sided mallets to deal with the fast changes between glock and timpani in 'I Can Hear the Bells'"

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Assassins - Regional - Patrick Morrow

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Patrick Morrow's setup from The Milwaukee Rep production of Assassins.

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Chaplin - Broadway - Shannon Ford

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Shannon Ford's setup for the Broadway production of Chaplin The Musical.

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Life After - International - Jamie Drake

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Jamie Drake's setup for the premiere of Life After at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

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Spamalot - International - Petter Nilsen

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Petter Nilsen’s combined book setup for Spamalot at Romerike Folkehøgskole, in Jessheim, Norway.

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Dirty Dancing - Tour - Ryan McCausland

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Ryan McCausland's percussion setup for the National Tour of Dirty Dancing at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania.

"Because the orchestra is meant to play a role in the show, many of us were worked into certain scenes and have onstage appearances during certain numbers."

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen's percussion setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Regional - Alec Wilmart

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Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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The Wizard of Oz - International - George English

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George English’s setup for The Wizard of Oz at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

"As you’ll see from the photos, there’s a large amount of gear, some might say excessive..."

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Ain't Misbehavin' - Regional - Scot Sexton

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Scot Sexton’s setup for the Seattle Musical Theater's production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Seattle, Washington.

"The drums I chose on this production are refurbished vintage Ludwig’s that I put Slingerland Beavertails on."

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Seussical - Regional - Brandon Levesque

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Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.

"For the crotale sound, I cut a timbale mallet down and screwed a finger cymbal to the top, using that as a mallet on the bells."

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Miss Saigon - Broadway - Chihiro Shibayama

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Chihiro Shibayama's percussion setup for the 2017-2018 Broadway revival of Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre.

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Miss Saigon - Broadway - Ray Marchica

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Ray Marchica's drum set setup for the 2017-2018 Broadway revival of Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre.

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Bright Star - Tour - Steve Bartosik and Joe Mowatt

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Joe Mowatt on Steve Bartosik’s setup for the National Tour of Bright Star.

"The use of a Remo Frame Drum on a towel on top of the floor tom made for a perfect ‘suitcase’ sound when played with Promark Broomsticks."

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Aladdin - Tour - Joshua Mark Samuels

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Joshua Mark Samuels’ percussion setup for the North American tour of Aladdin at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“I had to figure out ways to make the rig smaller without losing any instruments, even to the point of having to crawl under the xylophone in order to get in and out of the setup itself.”

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Aladdin - Tour - Danny Taylor

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Danny Taylor’s drum set setup for the North American tour of Aladdin at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“I took the jingles off of an LP Cyclops Jingle Ring and placed a band of ankle bells on it instead, which I then attached to a DW Lowboy Hi Hat Pedal.”

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Dreamgirls - Regional - Alec Wilmart

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Alec Wilmart’s percussion setup for Dreamgirls at the Village Theater in Seattle, Washington.

“I listened to a lot of Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Temptations, Supremes, and Earth Wind and Fire to help prepare the different bongo and conga grooves.”

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Dreamgirls - Regional - Jim Reif

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Jim Reif’s drum set setup for Dreamgirls at the Village Theater in Seattle, Washington.

“The fun never stops and the train keeps on moving.”

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Seussical - Regional - Scot Sexton

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Scot Sexton’s combined book setup for Seussical with Broadway Bound in Seattle, Washington.

“…I knew I would be juggling sticks, page turns, shakers, and beaters so as I was combining the books I was also working on my layout and choreography.”

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Hello Dolly - Broadway - Andy Blanco

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Andy Blanco’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of Hello Dolly at the Shubert Theatre.

“Other than a few sections with some very fast instrument switches, the book is straight ahead and a lot of fun to play.”

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Fiddler On The Roof - Broadway - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller’s setup for the 2004-2006 Broadway revival of Fiddler On The Roof.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - International - Rob Holinaty

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Rob Holinaty’s setup for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Drury Lane Theatre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

“Incorporating the electronics has saved me a lot of space without sacrificing parts of the score.”

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Ragtime - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen’s setup for Ragtime at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“Seen here are many of my usual stock effects…”

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Kid Victory - Regional - Greg Landes

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Greg Landes’ setup for John Kander’s Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.

“Michael Starobin did his usual brilliant work with the orchestrations and the drum/percussion book and I always felt challenged musically and engaged throughout the show.”

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Between The Lines - Regional - Sam Wisman

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Sam Wisman’s setup for the world premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The styles and sounds required range from classic Broadway to swing, vaudeville, orchestral, rock, and disco.”

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In The Heights - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ percussion setup for In The Heights at the Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Kiss Me Kate - Regional - Scot Sexton

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Scot Sexton’s combined book setup for the Seattle Musical Theaters production of Kiss Me Kate in Seattle, Washington.

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Cats - Broadway - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth’s percussion setup for the 2016-2017 Broadway revival of Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Cats - Broadway - Bill Lanham

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Bill Lanham’s drum set setup for the 2016-2017 Broadway revival of Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Finding Neverland - Tour - Greg Germann

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Greg Germann’s combined book setup for the National tour of the Broadway show Finding Neverland at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“The orchestra read was really fun because Elliott Kennedy, the composer and Simon Hale, the orchestrator, were open to letting me try out a few new things.”

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Seussical - Regional - Chris Roberts

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Chris Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

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Evita - International - Tim Sellars

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Tim Sellars’ drum set setup for Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Evita at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“You may notice that I have the majority of my cymbals on my left side as well as a floor tom to the left of the hi-hat. This is due to me being a left hander, playing on a right handed kit.”

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Evita - International - Craig Given

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Craig Given’s percussion setup for Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Evita at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“I enjoyed being able to mix guaguanco and samba influenced conga rhythms in this tune, along with some nice opportunities for timbale fills and cascara patterns.”

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Pippin - Regional - Michael Dooley

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Michael Dooley’s percussion setup for Pippin at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. This is the 2006 MTI version.

“I had to pick and choose which instruments I could cover per number, using the criteria 1) ‘Can I do this and still sound good’ and 2) ‘What is the most important sound to have here’”.

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Urinetown - Regional - Chris Roberts

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Chris Roberts’ setup for Urinetown at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

“…This was when I was told the pit was literally a pit (no stairs, or elevators) and the only access were two ladders (one on either side)”

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Fiddler On The Roof - Regional - Chris Roberts

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Chris Roberts’ setup for Fiddler On The Roof at the Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

“I played around with my cymbal choices a bit but went with a 16" and 18" crash. There isn't very much ‘riding’ and I wanted the option to be able to have two crash sounds.”

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Big Fish - Broadway - Perry Cavari

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Perry Cavari's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Skyler Fortgang - Little Shop of Horrors

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Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Avenue Q - Regional - Mike Wecker

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Mike Wecker’s setup for Avenue Q at the Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey, California.

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Memphis - Regional - Whitney Kessling

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Whitney Kessling’s setup for Memphis at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee.

“It was a pretty straight forward drum set show, and fortunately it used a triangle for one song, so I got to use my Miller Machine!”

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Ethan Deppe - The Little Mermaid

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Ethan Deppe’s setup for The Little Mermaid at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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Bring it On - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ percussion setup for Bring It On at the University of Utah, Musical Theater Department in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more...

Craig Given - Ragtime

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“I decided to take the two books (drumset and percussion) and combine as much as possible into a single book.”

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Alex Zarzalejo - Don Juan: The Musical

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Alex's combined setup for Don Juan: The Musical at the Teatro de la Luz Philips in Madrid, Spain. Read more...

Aladdin - London's West End - Shan Chana

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Shan Chana's percussion setup for Aladdin at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.Read more...

Book of Mormon - London's West End - Tim Goodyer

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Tim Goodyer's drum set setup for Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.Read more...

Fame - Tour - Brett Beiersdorfer

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The Producers - International - Lindsay Kaul

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Lindsay Kaul’s percussion setup for The Producers at The Players Theater in Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia.

“Due to a lack of players in a small theatre community in Regional NSW, Australia, I took up the parts of keyboard, harp, oboe and percussion.”

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