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Avenue Q - Joe Choroszewski

Joe Choroszewski's setup for the Off Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages, in New York City.

Read Joe's write-up about the show below the photos.

Joe Choroszewski's setup for the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages, in New York City.Joe Choroszewski's setup for the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages, in New York City.Joe Choroszewski's setup for the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages, in New York City.Joe Choroszewski's setup for the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages, in New York City.Joe Choroszewski's setup for the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages, in New York City.

Avenue Q is the trendsetting first show of its kind to immediately transfer to a smaller Off-Broadway production following a Broadway run. My friend Michael Croiter played the original Broadway run of six years, where I frequently subbed for him. I then inherited the show, as I was hired for this production at New World Stages. My setup similarly reflects what Michael had at the Golden Theatre, but is also a bit streamlined and configured to fit the available space.

A few notes about my setup.

The Tama Steel Toms are actually there to cover parts written for bongos. I was specifically told to not bring bongos, as the production did not want to incur the extra fee for the double. I didn't want to lose the written parts though, so I created a sound that was comparable.

An example of streamlining the setup is seen with the use of the LP Granite Blocks. That instrument covers parts written for both temple blocks and wood block.

The Miller Machines were something I chose to employ for this production, and were not used previously. They create tremendous ease for certain musical numbers in which there used to be some demanding beater switches."

Drums: Yamaha Oak Custom Drums (York Honey Amber Oak finish)

  • 17"x20" Bass Drum
  • 8"x10" Small Tom
  • 9"x12" Medium Tom
  • 14"x15" Floor Tom on legs

Snare:

  • Pearl 5"x14" Sensitone Brass

Heads:

  • Remo CS Coated on Snare
  • Remo Coated Emperors on Tom Batters, Remo Clear Ambassadors on Tom Resonants
  • Remo Clear Powerstroke 3 on Bass Drum

Hardware:

  • Pearl ICON Rack
  • Tama Iron Cobra Bass Drum Pedal
  • Varied mix of Pearl, Tama, DW, RhythmTech, and Yamaha Mounting Hardware

Aside from the rack, the TreeWorks Classic Chimes are on a cymbal stand for positioning reasons, and the tambourine is on its own cymbal stand due to its ‘responsiveness’.

Cymbals: (L-R)

  • Zildjian 14" New Beat Hi Hats
  • Sabian 16" Sabian HHX Manhattan Jazz Crash
  • Zildjian 9" Oriental Trash Splash
  • Sabian 12" Sabian AAX Splash
  • Sabian 21" Sabian AAX Raw Bell Dry Ride
  • Sabian 17" Hand Hammered Thin Crash
  • Zildjian 18" China Boy (High)
  • Sabian 12" AAX Mini Chinese
  • Zildjian 6" Zil-Bel

Percussion:

  • LP Granite Blocks
  • Tama Metalworks Effect Mini-Tymps (6" & 8" Steel Toms)
  • TreeWorks Classic Chimes
  • LP Vibra-Slap
  • Steve Weiss "Sleigh Ride Special" 24" Slapstick
  • LP Rock Cowbell
  • LP Cyclops Tambourine
  • LP Black Beauty Cowbell
  • RhythmTech EGGZ Egg Shakers
  • Steve Weiss Bell Tree
  • Miller Machine with Alan Abel 4" Triangle
  • Miller Machine with Zildjian Finger Cymbal
  • Acme Siren Whistle
  • Acme Slide Whistle
  • Toca Ratchet (mounted on its side via Pearl clamp)

Avenue Q - Off Broadway - Joe Choroszewski
February 2013

Joe Choroszewski's setup for the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q at New World Stages, in New York City.

Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.
Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Greg Landes’ setup for the Pit Stop Players’ concert at Symphony Space in New York City.
"After a week or two of rehearsals there is usually a performance or two of the show for an invited audience. Sometimes these performances can be intense if there are important people in the room, or if certain sections of the show feel under prepared. This is why it’s so important to know the score and script very well."
  • 6 min read
"The unique part of Groundhog Day was that the drummer had to play on stage, in a groundhog costume, wearing a giant groundhog head. Since I could barely see out of the head, it was impossible to read a chart (and there wasn’t a music stand), so it had to be memorized."
  • 4 min read
"If you are passionate, driven, feel you have a calling, a burning desire to play, practice, perform, and record music that you can share with the world, then choosing to be a professional musician here will make you a fulfilled and happy person. You’ll meet the most amazing people on stage, in the rehearsal room and in the audience."
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Steve Gadd's drum solo from the track "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours". From the album Live Stuff (out of print) from the legendary 1970's New York based band Stuff.
Robbie Ameen's drum solo from the track "Spring Fling".

Gene Krupa's drum solo from "Gene's Blues" from the album Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich released November 1955.

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