Monday, September 19, 2011

Questions and Answers

Here's the answers to questions we get asked the most.

How many people are in the orchestra for Les Mis?
Fourteen- 2 horns, 1 trumpet, 1 bass trombone, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 2 keyboards, 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass, and percussion

How do you travel?
We either fly or take a bus. It all depends on how far away the next venue is.

How many people do you travel with?
There are 15 musicians (that includes the conductor), 43 cast members, and 25 crew members
We either travel together or in 2 or 3 separate groups depending on the size of the planes.

How long is the show?
The running time is 2 hours and 58 minutes

How many "songs" are in the show?
We have 32 numbers in our book. However, one number could have several songs.

Where do you stay?
We always stay at hotels. We can choose to find our own accommodations and or stay with family. If that's the case, we get a small buyout from the hotel cost.

How many cities have you and Steven played?
We are in our 16th city. 

Why do you get laid off?
There's a certain rule in the musicians' union called rule 24. The locals who have bargained for this rule must have local musicians play in those cities. That means, we are laid off. These cities include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. There might be more, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

What's been your favorite city so far?
I'd have to say Seattle. We were there at a great time of year and the weather was perfect. We were also able to get out and really explore. However, any city with family members ranks VERY high.

What's been your favorite hotel so far?
Louisville, KY
I know, random. But they had tennis courts and a nice gym. They also had a great bagel place in the lobby. The staff was very nice too!

What's been your favorite theater so far?
Columbus, OH
The pit sounded great and the place was just beautiful. 

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