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MDG’s new ATMe haze generator helped transform The Lowry mainstage into an aftershow nightclub
MDG’s new ATMe haze generator helped transform The Lowry mainstage into an aftershow nightclub

The Week 53 festival brought together more than 200 dance, visual arts, music and theatre artists at The Lowry in Manchester, England. To help set the right tone for the event, The Lowry’s head of technical services, Dave Woodward, bought an MDG ATMe haze generator with new portability kit to ensure that no matter what act was playing where during the festival, they had haze to support it.

Read more: Week 53 Profits from Portable Haze

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James M. Nederlander, architect and patriarch of the Nederlander theatre empire, died Monday, July 25, in Southampton, NY. He was 94. Nederlander started in the family theatre business in Detroit in the ‘30s. After WWII he helped expand his father’s theatre business across the country. Nederlander bought his first Broadway theatre in 1965, a handshake deal with RKO. His Broadway holdings reached 10 theatres at one point. Writing in The New York Times, Bruce Weber described Nederlander as being “known for a tough-minded resistance to the demands of actors, producers and unions, and for an acerbic wit.”

Read more: In Memoriam: James M. Nederlander

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Theatre Nova will accept submissions until Sept. 1.
Theatre Nova will accept submissions until Sept. 1.

Theatre Nova’s second annual Michigan Playwrights’ Festival takes place Oct. 18-23. They are accepting submissions of full-length and 10-minute plays from Michigan playwrights until Sept. 1.

Read more: Theatre Nova Accepting Submissions for Michigan Playwrights’ Fest

Changing Roles
Adam Scolaro, Blizzard Lighting’s new western region sales manager.
Adam Scolaro, Blizzard Lighting’s new western region sales manager.

Adam Scolaro joins Blizzard Lighting as their new western regional sales manager. Scolaro comes to Blizzard with five-plus years of sales and account experience in the professional lighting industry.

Read more: Blizzard Lighting Hires Adam Scolaro

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Blue Man Group Theatre, at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, home to a new L-Acoustics Kara house loudspeaker system
Blue Man Group Theatre, at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, home to a new L-Acoustics Kara house loudspeaker system

Blue Man Group’s successful Orlando run was burnished by the addition of a new speaker system. A new Kara line array system from L-Acoustics provides sound in the Blue Man Group Theatre at CityWalk. Blue Man Group Sound Supervisor Marcus Ross chose nine Kara enclosures per side, in addition to three SB18 subwoofers per side.

Read more: Blue Man Group Chooses L-Acoustics Kara for Orlando Production

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The Broadway show Fun Home gave a benefit concert for the Orlando LGBTQ community
The Broadway show Fun Home gave a benefit concert for the Orlando LGBTQ community

The cast and creators of Broadway’s Fun Home gave a benefit concert Sunday, July 24, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. They raised $113,000 in ticket sales and donations to support the future work of Equality Florida, and the victims of the horrific Pulse shooting.

Read more: Fun Home Raises $100K to Support Equality Florida

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The interior of the Academy of Music Theatre with its new Fulcrum Acoustic speakers.
The interior of the Academy of Music Theatre with its new Fulcrum Acoustic speakers.

The Academy of Music Theatre in Norhampton, Mass., has been around since 1891, and with the help of veteran touring sound engineer Jason Raboin they have a thoroughly modern sound system. Raboin designed a system centered around four Fulcrum Acoustic CX1595 15-inch coaxial loudspeakers powered by Ashly nXp amplifiers. The compact speakers provide consistent coverage throughout the entire theatre without interfering with sightlines. And because they’re lightweight, they worked well with the 125-year-old theatre’s limited rigging positions.

Read more: Academy of Music Theatre Upgrades with Fulcrum Acoustic

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Audience voting is now open for the Oregon Play Prize!
Audience voting is now open for the Oregon Play Prize!

After winnowing 131 plays down to three finalists, Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre is inviting the audience to choose the winner of the Oregon Play Prize. Descriptions and excerpts of the three finalists (Good Citizen, Signs and The Snowmaker) are available on the Artists Rep website. The winning play will receive a full production at Artists Rep as well as $10,000.

Read more: Artists Rep Invites Audience to Vote on Oregon Play Prize

Changing Roles
Lisa Peterson
Lisa Peterson

Berkeley Repertory Theatre named two-time Obie-award winning director Lisa Peterson as associate director. Peterson will direct the season opener for Berkeley Rep (a new adaption of the Sinclair Lewis novel It Can’t Happen Here) as well as participate in The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

Read more: Lisa Peterson New Associate Director at Berkeley Rep

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The ovation at an autism-friendly production of The Lion King
The ovation at an autism-friendly production of The Lion King

Theatre Development Fund continues their accessibility outreach with the sixth season of autism-friendly performances of Broadway hits. This season TDF will partner with The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin and Kinky Boots to present shows in an autism-friendly setting for children and adults who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum disorder and their families.

Read more: TDF Announces Sixth Season of Autism Theatre Initiative

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