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#39 In the Pit

The Black Business of Broadway

#39 In the Pit

Did you ever imagine that one could pursue a career as both a weather scientist and a Broadway music director? Alvin's journey to becoming the Associate Music Supervisor for "Merrily We Roll Along" was unconventional.

1 h 4 mins
11/30/23

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Did you ever imagine that one could pursue a career as both a weather scientist and a Broadway music director? Alvin's journey to becoming the Associate Music Supervisor for "Merrily We Roll Along" was unconventional. As he emphasizes throughout his interview, "Everybody's path is a little different." Alvin shares his journey from studying Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard to becoming the music director on the national tour of "Dreamgirls", highlighting the moments where preparation met opportunity. Join us in this conversation, as Alvin shares how he is now cultivating the next generation of musicians through his work at MUSE and BMEP while creating opportunities for more inclusivity in the Broadway pit.

MUSE (Musicians United for Social Equity) is committed to creating diversity within the music departments of the theatre industry by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color. Learn more at https://museonline.org/

BMEP (Broadway Musicians Equity Partnership) is providing access and learning opportunities for musicians from underrepresented communities to learn about playing in the musical theater industry. Learn more at https://www.broadwaymusiciansep.org/

You can learn more about opportunities relating to careers in the Broadway industry at https://careers.broadway/careers-jobs/

Edited by Justin Payne.

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