Category: Music

Orchestrating a New Musical: The Rhythm Section

The rhythm section of a musical theater orchestra is usually defined as the keyboards, guitars, drum kit, and bass. Travis Frank discusses how this section keeps the rhythm and groove throughout numbers and how best to write for this versatile group of musicians.

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Writing for Today’s Musical Theatre Performer

There are a number of challenges musical theatre performers face in today’s industry. Most pressing are the vocal demands of a musical theatre score. Some contemporary scores require what is considered heavy vocal load singing for longer periods of time than is healthy. As writers, we have a responsibility not to normalize potentially dangerous vocal writing for the voice. We must take into account what the voice is capable of recreating 8 shows a week, whether on a Broadway stage or regional theatre. It is the highest sign of respect to the performing artists, who bring to life our characters, allowing them to tell their stories in more powerful ways.

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