"I began the usual process of listening to recordings, compiling an instrument list, and thinking about the potential layout ideas. This was when I was told the pit was literally a pit, no stairs, or elevators, and the only access were two ladders, one on either side."
"An unexpected addition to a fairly standard set up of instruments is the set of tuned cowbells (almglocken). They are used during 'I've Got Rhythm', picking up a jazzy melody introduced by the cast playing bottles and glasses in what I call the 'STOMP' section of the show."
"Often, I get a theatre gig 1-2 months in advance and have a few weeks to read the book, practice, and get all the gear I might need. However, this show opened on a Saturday and I did not find out I was doing it until the Thursday night before."