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The next few episodes of Behind The Note Podcast are about musical theater and in this episode Tom Vendafreddo is our guest. Tom is an actor and director that I recently had the privilege of working with on Jesus Christ Superstar.

Tom is a strong and versatile performer with an undergraduate degree in classical voice (Eastman School of Music) and a graduate degree in musical theatre (San Diego State University). He also has made his presence known in the Chicago cabaret scene, performing sold-out shows annually at venues such as Davenport’s Piano Bar and the Logan Square Arts Center. Though based in Chicago, Tom continues to work regionally on the West and East coasts, as well as throughout the Midwest.

I wanted to feature Tom because I had the privilege of working with him recently in the play Jesus Christ Superstar and it was clear immediately that Tom is a very special talent.

This time around Tom was the conductor of the pit orchestra and so in this episode we had the opportunity to talk about what it’s like to lead such a large production.  Tom also tells us how he ended up where he is today as a director and actor.

This episode is a great insiders look into what is like to work in musical theatre.  If you have any interest in working musical theatre as a musician then this will be a good starting place to learn how things work on this side of the music scene.  Also, be sure to listen to the next couple of episodes in this series.

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