Remote Controlled Orchestra

As Broadway pits have shrunk to make room for theater seating, musicians (especially those who play bulky instruments) have increasingly found themselves consigned to remote locations, following a conductor on a monitor and playing into a microphone. Not that they’re complaining – not being in the pit means wearing whatever you want to work and getting to read or talk to friends between cues. Besides, as one Broadway music director points out, “Once you’re hearing an orchestra solely through a sound system instead of hearing them acoustically, then it doesn’t really matter where they are.”