A welcome trend

Live music in Broadway plays

Volume 119, No. 6June, 2019

Broadway musicals are an important backbone of NYC theatre, but recently two Broadway plays have also featured the magic of live music, hiring Local 802 musicians under a union contract. Above, composer Philip Glass in the recording studio looks over the score of “King Lear.” The music team included Red Press (music coordinator), Alex Weston (music supervisor), Martin Agee (violin), Chris Cardona (viola), Cenovia Cummins (violin), Stephanie Cummins (cello), and Cory Davis (music prep and copying). The other Broadway play to use live music recently was “To Kill a Mockingbird,” with music composed by Adam Guettel and featuring Kimberly Grigsby (pump organ) and Allen Tedder (guitar).