Ted, thanks for sharing this. I will never forget the evening I spent in the pit during the run of STATE FAIR. It was, as you say, magical. Troob's orchestrations for CINDERELLA are astounding (I've been his biggest fan ever since BIG RIVER) and i hope he has his Tony speech ready. Delighted that my pal Rich is on drums. One of the nicest guys in the world.
Thanks for this wonderful description! The pit is always my favorite place to experience a musical; you get the clearest picture of the "tone" of what is happening. I'm glad this one is a full one with strings. So many have left that section out of today's pits. I look forward to hearing the show in another three weeks!