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I got handed this one to me on a silver platter as a brand new local theatre's opening musical. Could anyone be given a greater opportunity?

Well, maybe someone who has played it and mastered it before.

I know the sound of the sax infused songs quite well, and I know there is alot of reliance in altissimo.

Has anyone done this musical recently enough and not used a Tenor with a High F#? I'm noticing alot of 8va parts, and as soon as we get to rehearsals, i'm going to need to have those licks down.

I've fiddled quite a bit with the upper harmonics on the horn, but this is now going to be the first real practical application.

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Have fun with it! I played this.... two years ago. It has some great sax stuff in it (even if it is written in crappy keys).

The altissimo stuff isn't too bad. What I would do, to add a little something extra, was whenever there was a repeated section with 8va in it, I'd play it down the octave the first time and 8va the second time. Ahhh.... memories.
 

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I did 30 performances of the show around 95 and had a ball. I didn't have any written music, none of the band did, we just learned it off the CD and arranged it the way the producer wanted. My part involved listening to the CD alot, grabbing parts here and there, plus adding in my own stuff, same as most regular gigs.

Have never played a horn with a high F# key, wouldn't know where to find it, but altissimo is manageable if you practice at it.

I remember using a bari in one or two songs.

Lots of fun.
 

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I've never done the show(or seen it), just heard some of the music. Everytime somebody mentions it I think of the high soprano voice, singing way up there, with great intonation! *wow*
 

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I played the show this year and we really had a ball. I played tenor and bari. No written score. They just gave me the movie dvd and the cd and asked for lots of screamin' altissimo. I´ll post some pictures when I get home. Man, that was a fun gig!
 

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I'm probably not going to post it (because I'm not sure where it is), but for the last show, I dressed in drag. Nice silk leopard print teddy, fishnets.... I don't make a good looking woman though. Ahhh.... memories of being young and... young. :)
 

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Chris S said:
I'm probably not going to post it (because I'm not sure where it is), but for the last show, I dressed in drag. Nice silk leopard print teddy, fishnets.... I don't make a good looking woman though. Ahhh.... memories of being young and... young. :)
Now, don't be too hard on yourself, Chris. I bet you were quite fetching in fishnet stockings.:twisted:
 

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Maybe the written score makes it harder. I saw it a couple years ago and man it looks like a flute part! I never saw so many leger lines for sax before.
 

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Maybe the written score makes it harder. I saw it a couple years ago and man it looks like a flute part! I never saw so many leger lines for sax before.
PRECISELY!

-- Anyway, it opens friday. I'll post the flyer.
 

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Tonight at 8pm I am on my way into my Rocky Horror Peformances - Through the rehersals I kinda discovered that 75% of the book makes perfect sence - however theres that other 25% that is obviously a Transcription of somebody's idea of a cool lick. If you heard them play it - it would make sence - but merely reading it its like the oddest thing ever. So I think this is one of thoes books to be played with a grain of salt and alot of additions and subtractions based upon experience.

Music written is not always better music - it depends on the translator.

Charlie
 

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A quote of truth, gray!

I have to say, some of those songs (we had to do alot of on the fly transposing in the early practices) are written quite badly.

Science fiction for instance is written in one key for the piano, and one step up for the sax.

I just played that one by ear, but every once in a while, i'll look down for reference at my stand for that song as well as several others and feel completely thrown off.

and without further much ado

 

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This makes me feel better. I wasn't sure whether to go for a chance to play this show or not, as I'm not normally a Lenny Picket type.
 

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It was alot of fun.

One of the things I hate about doing live theatre, is that as soon as the project is over, everyone sort of goes their different ways. The role you take on and had turned yourself into vanishes, and you just sort of get over it and go back to your life.

This cast and crew was such a well wound and rounded group of individuals, that we would make each other drinks between scene changes and have them waiting for someone else at the end of their next scene.

The band I played with was insanely talented; our drummer had played at the apollo. Our bassist all over the country, and though our guitarist didn't have a spectacular rap sheet, he had plenty of talent and motivation to back himself up.

Its over. And I'm reminded once again. At the end of every production, there's this sadness now that its over.

The band is all gonna get together and try a project or two. We'll see what happens.

It will be different wihtout the interaction from the rest of hte cat, though.
 

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Oh, so you were actually in the show? I was in one a while back, but I only went up on stage for a couple songs and then left. I was able to play the passages without an F# key too. Practicing for that show gave me the ability to play some melodic altissimo stuff.
 

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Yeah, we were on stage during the performance. Acouple times the guitarist and bassist woudl wander around on stage. When Eddie came out of the coke machine, I would back him up on stage and solo around.

For the first couple of shows, the lack of audience participation was substituted by the band yelling out at the cast instead.

After the "regulars" saw it a couple times, they knew all the cues and learned more.


It was a great time.
 
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