Marty and I went to a beautiful production of South Pacific at the Kennedy Center here in DC this weekend, but the best part was there was a 26-piece orchestra with it, including harp. And the harpist was…wait for it…Emily Mitchell, one of the best harpists in the world!! We could hear every note she played because of the excellent sound system. At halftime I took a look in the pit, and she was there talking to some people-she was playing a L&H 85. And the harp was right in front of the conductor, practically up his nose. It was so GREAT!
The Washington Post made a big point in their review of saying how much the big orchestra added to the production (especially the sound of the harp) so maybe there is hope for the Broadway musicians after all.
I have to say I had a good laugh when they did the big number “There is Nothin Like a Dame”-the only place you can sing something like that these days is in a Broadway musical from the 40’s.