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Pitch Perfect Movie: Local Composer Tom Kitt Talks About His A Cappella Work

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From time to time, we like to check in with Tom Kitt. We usually talk about the Broadway shows the songwriter/composer — who moved from Long Island to the Armonk/Bedford border when he was a kid — has worked on, including Next to Normal, American Idiot, and Bring It On: The Musical.

This time, though, you don’t have to take a trip to Broadway to see his work. It’s coming to multiplexes in the form of Pitch Perfect, the a cappella comedy starring Anna Kendrick. For the movie, Kitt worked on some of the vocal arrangements. (AllMusic credits him as “Vocal Arrangement, Vocal Producer.”)

“I was in an a capella group at Columbia,” he says. “I’ve been wanting to do something about a cappella groups for a long time. My friend [and director] Jason Moore told me about the movie, and I told him I had to work on it. I arranged songs with people who live on the West Coast and work on The Sing-Off.”

He went on to say that one of his favorite pieces of the movie to arrange was the big “riff-off” in which competing a cappella groups try to take the spotlight away from each other by “stealing” songs, or singing another song with the same lyric. Here’s a clip from the big riff-off scene — how do you think he did?

Not enough mash-up goodness for you? Entertainment Weekly provides another Pitch Perfect clip, also arranged by Kitt.

So, is this a movie on your must-watch list? Let me know in the comments box below.

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