• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theater and More

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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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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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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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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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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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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Peter and the Starcatcher - Regional - Brad Wetmore


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Brad Wetmore's setup for South Bay Musical Theater's production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

"Between the Music Director/Piano player and myself, we covered just over 60 instruments."

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Peter and the Starcatcher - Off Broadway - Deane Prouty

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Deane Prouty's setup from the 2013-1014 Off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher at New World Stages in New York City.

“Well, all good things come to an end... or in this case we moved Off-Broadway!"

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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Radio City Xmas Spectacular - Mario DeCiutiis, Dave Roth, and 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. Read more...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Madison Square Garden - Dave Roth

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Regional - Russ Nyberg

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Radio City Xmas Spectacular - Kyle Maxwell-Doherty and Joshua Mark Samuels

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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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On the 20th Century - Broadway - Eric Borghi

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Eric's Borghi's setup for the 2015 Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City.
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Les Miserables - Tour - Eric Borghi

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Eric's Borghi's setup for the US and Canada touring production of Les Miserables.Read more...

Beauty and the Beast - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ percussion setup for the Herriman Arts Councils production of Beauty and the Beast in Herriman, Utah. Read more...

Beauty and the Beast - Regional - Jaren Angud

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Tarzan - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ combined book setup for Tarzan at the Kensington Theatre Company in South Jordan, Utah. Read more...

Les Miserables - Regional - Jaren Angud

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Jaren Angud's setup for Les Miserables at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.Read more...

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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Aladdin - Broadway - Mike Englander

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Mike Englander’s setup for the Broadway production of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.Read more...

Mamma Mia - Broadway - David Nyberg

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David Nyberg's percussion setup for the Broadway production of Mamma Mia at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City.

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Dirty Dancing - Tour - Miles Lassi

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Miles Lassi's percussion setup for the National Tour of Dirty Dancing at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Lousiana.Read more...

Matilda - Broadway - Howard Joines

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Howard Joines’ setup from the 2013-2017 Broadway production of Matilda at the Shubert Theater in New York City. Read more...

Peter and the Starcatcher - Broadway - Deane Prouty

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Deane Prouty's setup for the 2012-2013 Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

“95% of what I am doing is foley work - sound effects timed with action on the stage.”

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Cinderella - Broadway - Bill Hayes

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Regional - Will Marinelli

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Will Marinelli's percussion setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New YorkRead more...

Motown The Musical - Broadway - Gary Seligson

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Motown The Musical - Broadway - Roger Squitero

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Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown The Musical.Read more...

Vanities - Regional - Dale Baker

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Dale Baker's setup for a production of Vanities at the Theatre Raleigh in Raleigh, North Carolina.Read more...

Tony Thackery - Shrek The Musical

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Peter and the Starcatcher - Tour - Jeremy Lowe

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Jeremy Lowe’s setup for the National Tour of Peter and the Starcatcher.

"Some of the more interesting instruments in my set-up include a cuica for gorilla sounds…"

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Big Fish - Broadway - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's percussion setup for the Broadway production of Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre.Read more...

The Landing - Off Broadway - Greg Landes

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Greg Landes’ setup for The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.

“…as the music slowly dribbled in I could see this was going to be a very challenging percussion book.”

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The Witches of Eastwick - International - Nick Anderson

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Nick Anderson's setup for The Witches Of Eastwick at the Derby Theatre in Derby, United Kingdom.Read more...

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - Dave Roth

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Pippin - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer

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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 Pit Stop Players - Greg Landes

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Greg Landes’ setup for the Pit Stop Players’ concert at Symphony Space in New York City. Read more...

Annie - Broadway - Joe Nero

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Joe Nero’s Percusion setup from the Broadway revival of Annie at the Palace Theatre.Read more...

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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Chaplin - Broadway - Shannon Ford

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

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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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Evita - Broadway - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth's percussion setup for the revival of Evita on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre.Read more...

The Addams Family - Broadway - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City. Read more...

Hello Again - Off-Broadway - David Vincola

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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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