Today, we are thrilled to share an Exclusive Interview with Jeremy Kahn, a former orchestra musician in WICKED. Mr. Kahn played in the orchestra for WICKED as a keyboardist when it played in Chicago from 2005-2009, and again when it returned in 2011. Check out his interesting responses below!
What is your musical background?
I went to New England Conservatory to study jazz.
What instrument(s) do you play?
Piano and keyboards
How did you get involved with the production of WICKED?
I was called by the local contractor and was very blessed to have been involved in such a wonderful and long-running show.
In which cities did you perform with WICKED, and how long were you with the show?
We ran for 1,500 performances in Chicago.
What instrument did you play in show?
Are there any fun/funny stories about being in the WICKED orchestra that you would like to share?
Early in the run, our conductor thought that it would be fun to have the band run around the block while there was a long scene going on onstage. So there we were, about a dozen of us running through downtown Chicago, when a policeman stopped to ask what we were doing. We had to quickly explain who we were, and barely made it back into the pit to play the next song. I was huffing and puffing for about fifteen minutes while playing.
Have you been a musician for other musicals?
I’ve been involved with many shows over the years, including SPAMALOT, THE LION KING, LES MIZ, JOSEPH, and THE KING AND I.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Be good at what you do, show up on time and ready to play, and be someone who is pleasant to be around.