Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
A high-energy, dance-heavy musical set in early 1930's Atlantic City, Steel Pier tells the story of a dancer, Rita Racine, and her quest to finally leave the dance marathon circuit of which she has been trapped for so long. It has a story based loosely on the film They Shoot Horses Don't They? Steel Pier is a tale of love and romance with a touch of bribery and deceit thrown in for good measure.
A high-energy, dance-heavy musical set in early 1930’s Atlantic City, Steel Pier tells the story of a dancer, Rita Racine, and her quest to finally leave the dance marathon circuit of which she has been trapped for so long. It has a story based loosely on the film They Shoot Horses Don’t They? Steel Pier is a tale of love and romance with a touch of bribery and deceit thrown in for good measure.
This licensed orchestration is based on the Original 1997 Broadway Production.
This version is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium. There are 2 keyboard books in this show and both have lots of programming.
Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book and is very difficult book so it will require a proficient player versed in playing in a classic musical theater style who can also navigate the programming. The programming in this book just adds orchestral padding to the live instrumentalists. Some of the patches include hard, strings, horns, guitar, mallet percussion, and even calliope to name a few. The part is mostly typeset but there are a handful of cues that are handwritten but still very legible.
Keyboard 2 also has lots of piano. This is also a difficult book so an experienced player would be best suited for this book who can navigate the part and the programming. Besides piano, some of the instrument patches in this book are are vibes, celeste, tack piano, percussion, strings, harp, woodwinds, accordion, among many others. This book is certainly not for the faint of heart but all around a great and underrated score.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book by: David Thompson
Music by: John Kander
Lyrics by: Fred Ebb
Conceived by: Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson
Dance arrangements by: Glen Kelly
Incidental music arrangements by: Glen Kelly
Music orchestrated by: Michael Gibson
Musical Director: David Loud
Vocal arrangements by: David Loud
Original 1997 Broadway Orchestra
Conducted by: David Loud
Associate Conductor: James Moore
Keyboards: Antony Geralis and James Moore
Concert Master: Alexander Vselensky
Violin: Alexander Vselensky, Christopher Cardona and Paul Woodiel
Viola / Violin: Susan Follari and Jill Jaffe
Cello: Jennifer Langham
Woodwinds: Lawrence Feldman, William Shadel, Andy Drelles and Ken Berger
Trumpet: Jeffrey Kievit, Christian Jaudes and Richard Kelley
Tenor Trombone: Charles Gordon
Bass Trombone/Tuba: Earl McIntyre
French Horn: Roger Wendt and Anita Miller
Bass: Robert Renino
Guitar/Banjo: Greg Utzig
Drums: Bruce Doctor
Percussion: Mark Sherman
Musical Coordinator: John Monaco
In the honky tonk world of marathon dancing in Atlantic City in 1933, a captivating assortment of depression era souls eager to dance their way into fame and prizes gather on the Steel Pier. The spectacle is presided over by an oily tongued emcee who is secretly married to Rita Racine, the champion dancer. Her usual partner doesn’t show up, so she is paired with a handsome pilot on leave. As the hours of dancing whirl on, Rita becomes increasingly disillusioned with her sleazy, conniving husband and more and more infatuated with the handsome young aviator and a vision of life in a peaceful cottage. Songs by the creators of Chicago, Cabaret and other Broadway classics perfectly capture the rhythms of the 1930’s dance era.