• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theater and More

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Below you'll find the latest 80 Setup Shots from Broadway, Regional Theaters, Session Work, Road Tours and more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.Read more...

Cinderella - Regional - Richard Hilms

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Richard Hilms’ combined book set up for the National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.Read more...

Craig Given - Hairspray

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Something Rotten - Broadway - Perry Cavari

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

Something Rotten - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer

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

An American in Paris - Broadway - Andy Blanco

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Andy Blanco’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of An American in Paris at The Palace Theatre in New York City.

“An unexpected addition to a fairly standard set up of instruments is the set of tuned cowbells (almglocken).”

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Hairspray - International - Tim Sellars

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Tim Sellars' drum set setup for Hairspray at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand for Showbiz Christchurch.

"You'll notice that I have a heavy set up of gear on my left side and this is due to me playing open handed."

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Dan Haskins - The King and I

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"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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Finding Neverland - Broadway - Joe Choroszewski

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Joe Choroszewski’s drum set setup for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
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Dave Roth - Finding Neverland

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Dave Roth’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Read more...

David Nyberg - Mamma Mia

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Aladdin - Broadway - John Redsecker

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John Redsecker’s drum set setup for the Broadway production of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

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Carter McLean - Lion King

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Cabaret - Broadway - Eric Poland

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Fiddler On The Roof - Broadway - Kory Grossman

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Kory Grossman's combined book set up for the 2015-2016 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Broadway Theatre.

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Mary Poppins - Regional - Joe Beam

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Joe Beam's drum-set setup for Mary Poppins at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Texas.Read more...

Tim Collins - Next to Normal

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

Debbie Minnichelli - Smokey Joe's

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Billy Miller - The Light in the Piazza

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Cinderella - Regional - David Glover

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David Glover's setup for Cinderella at the North Allegheny Senior High School just North of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Read more...

Joe Mowatt - Allegiance

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Greg Hersey - Godspell

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Sho Fujieda - Parade

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Scott Elford - Newsies

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Rob Fedson - Tarzan

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Matt Watson - A Christmas Story: The Musical

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Patrick Lehosky - In The Heights

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Brett Beiersdorfer - In The Heights

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