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re: A Little NIght Music in the Berkshires - Coming to Broadway?
Posted by: EvFoDr 12:32 pm EDT 09/24/22
In reply to: re: A Little NIght Music in the Berkshires - Coming to Broadway? - Chromolume 11:06 pm EDT 09/23/22

I am a little bit familiar with budgets, but not very much, as will be evident by my question, but...

Any ideas why the music department, for a MUSICAL, seems to be a common target for saving money? This goes beyong ALNM. On one end of the spectrum you have (had?) those theatre minimums which I think are problematic in that they demand a number of musicians that is completely detached from the project being produced. But on the other end you have these musically disappointing experiences with underpowered orchestras. For the record, I don't demand the exact original orchestrations if something is a revival. But get in the spirit at least. Shows like ALNM, and Funny Girl, are simply written in styles that want a bigger sound than they are getting / have gotten in revival. Just for nuance I will also add that I am not against an experimental production sometimes. Like the Doyle Sweeney Todd. There, the reduced orchestra is baked into the concept (lol no pun intended) and even if you don't like it--which I didn't much--it doesn't immediately smack of "oh they're just trying to be cheap", which is how I felt about the last ALNM revival.

All of this leaves me thinking....what is the next Broadway show to get the treatment from the NY Philharmonic?? Although sometimes that is too MANY musicians for the score at hand, they are usually a lot of fun. And their producing model, as one off concerts, is obviously a lot different from Broadway
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