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

We chat with composer Tom Kitt about his a cappella work on new movie Pitch Perfect, starring Anna Kendrick

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.”

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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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