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Fresh Face
Fresh Face

Joined: Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:50 am
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Post Guys & Dolls Band
Calling all Musical Directors!
Our society is trying to save some money on the next show - Guys & Dolls.
Can anyone recommend a tried & tested line up using less than the 17 players that Weinbergers state?
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Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:57 am
Off-Broadway Lead
Off-Broadway Lead

Joined: Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:23 am
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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Post Re: Guys & Dolls Band
I did G&D four years ago and our MD re-scored it down to two keyboards, bass and drums, and it worked beautifully. I'm not sure what hoops we had to jump through to get permission to do that (in terms of the rights to the show) - we are a professional company though, and we don't have the space for a full band, so that may have helped us some. We did have one trumpet sting recorded for the beginning of Fugue for Tinhorns because it just didn't sound quite right without it!

Currently: Sound designing On The Rocks
Upcoming: Stage managing The Perfumed Garden, Don''t Mention Casablanca and Cabaret

Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:38 pm
Fresh Face
Fresh Face

Joined: Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:37 am
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Post Re: Guys & Dolls Band
I am doing GnD in October. I have seen it done with 2 reeds (versatile Flute sax clarinet players) Trumpet, Trombone, Keyboard, bass and drums so that is what I am going for. I think the strings are often doubled on the reed parts so they shouldn't have to transpose.

I am in the process of looking at the parts so will let you know how I get on


Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:45 am
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