Is the background music in musicals live?

I am aware that most of the time the singing in musicals is live but i was wondering if the background music was too. I thought that there might be an orchestra or something like that performed live but i wasn't too sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 2 months ago

    On Broadway???  YES!!!  We have a UNION, and all parts are played live. There have been orchestrations cut down for less players (more player double or triple play) but still all live.  Some little town or touring, amatuer group?? Yeah, they can PAY for the use of canned music - recorded by pros.

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