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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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Two of the greatest highlights of my musical theatre career have been working with the brilliant and unstoppable John Kander. John turned 90 this past year and I was lucky enough to be playing his new musical Kid Victory at the time. I have worked on other new musicals of Kander’s including The Landing. I don’t have to name any of the iconic shows Kander wrote with his long time partner Fred Ebb, we all know them, but for a number of years, John has been writing musicals with one of his new writing partners Greg Pierce.

Kid Victory played at The Vineyard Theatre in New York City during the winter of 2017. In my humble opinion it has some of Kander’s most beautiful music. The orchestrations are by Michael Starobin and the band had 10 musicians including my drum and percussion set up. Kander loves to feature mallet instruments in his songs and I had a short but beautiful marimba solo in the show. While the overall vibe of the book was orchestral I did get to have some fun at the drum set on several songs. 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.

This was the second new Kander/Pierce musical that I have had the good fortune to be a part of and I hope to continue to get to work with this incredible artist well into the future.

Instrumentation:

DW 5-piece Drum Set

Mallets:
  • Rosewood Marimba - 4 Octave
  • Musser Gold Bar Vibraphone
  • Glockenspiel

Cymbals:
  • Paiste 13” Signature Dark Crisp Hi-hats
  • Paiste 10” Signature Splash
  • Paiste 14” Signature Fast Crash
  • Paiste 21” Light Dark Ride
  • Paiste 16” Dark Energy Crash
  • Paiste 18” Dark Energy Crash
  • Sabian 16” Crash (used for Michael Starobin’s ubiquitous cymbal scrapes)

Percussion:
  • LP Woodblocks (2)
  • Mounted Cabasa
  • Alan Abel Small Triangles (2)
  • Miller Machine

Greg endorses both Paiste Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

March 2017

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