I’ve been lucky to fill in on occasion for over a year now on the Broadway show Wicked. Playing the show has been an experience for me like no other – exhilarating, stressful (in the beginning), and oh so fun. In my other freelance work, I’m rarely in the position of being the only violist, so having solo lines and the chance to be heard is a nice change. In addition, I really enjoy the camaraderie of all of my colleagues at Wicked, from the “regulars” to the other substitute musicians I’ve met.
Some of the regulars have been playing the show for so long that they have the “book” memorized. It’s not uncommon to see musicians reading or otherwise occupying themselves during the breaks between numbers. I’m a long way off from that point (I doubt I’d ever feel confident enough to play an entire show by memory), but there have been a few times where I’ve taken advantage of one of the longer breaks to do some sketching.
A year ago, I did a quick sketch of clarinetist John Moses and was delighted and honored when he asked if he could include it on his website. (Scroll down towards the bottom of his photograph page to see the sketch.)
And today, I did a cartoon of another colleague who doubles on saxophones, clarinet, flute, bassoon and some other devices…
(P.S. Although I’m keeping his identity anonymous, I’m happy to say he burst out laughing when I showed him the sketch.)