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Guys and Dolls, by
Review from an insider
Monday, March 29, 2004
I would like to take this opportunity to review the production for which I am currently serving as percussionist (yes, I know that most of you thought that the drums were too much, but after 8 of 10 shows, there is nothing I can realistically do - unless you have some serious suggestions). Most of you condemn reviews of shows by cast or crew members, but I will not sing the praises of every single piece of the show and not bring up the bad parts.
In Barnbuster Musicals' performance of Guys and Dolls, I was asked to accompany the pianist (who also played a part in the show) on the drums. Since the pianist has a part in the play, some of you are correct in deducing that much of the music was prerecorded. However, only two slow songs (that is, the ones in which the soloist leads) were recorded - "Luck be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" - and all the rest were accompanied by our talented pianist.
I would appreciate replies to this message by Johnnyreb and Okely-Dokely telling me exactly why they thought I did a less-than-adequate job on the drums, and how Okely-Dokely heard anything that sounded like techno music. And, just for your clarification, I am a 14-year-old self-taught drummer and singer who has been playing for 2 years, and I am in my church's praise band (leading worship for over 500 people per service - of which there are two).
I would also really appreciate replies by anyone who saw Guys and Dolls telling me how I could improve my broadway-style drumming skills for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", the next show for which I am playing.
Thank you for the time you took to read this, and I look forward to some kind, constructive criticism.
God Bless,

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