Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Gypsy of the Year Raises $4,492,636

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — The 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition (#GypsyOfTheYear) — which celebrated six weeks of dedicated fundraising from 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies — raised $4,492,636 for Broadway Cares. The grand total was announced Tuesday by Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Jessie Mueller (Waitress) and Hamilton star Javier Muñoz following two incredible days of performances. Erivo, Mueller and Muñoz also presented the awards to the top fundraisers and best performances across the two afternoons. Add a comment

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Robert Hurwitt accepting one of TBA’s 2017 Legacy Honor Awards
Robert Hurwitt accepting one of TBA’s 2017 Legacy Honor Awards

Theatre Bay Area Announces 2016 TBA Awards Recipients

Jacob Coakley

SAN FRANCISCO — Theatre Bay Area celebrated theatre and its practitioners at the 2016 TBA Awards Monday, Dec. 5  at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater. This year, 75 awards were given to recipients out of a pool of over 372 finalists, generated by over 300 adjudicators who cast ballots for over 281 productions at 96 companies across three tiers based on operating budget and use of Actors’ Equity Association (union) talent. Complete list of the winners is after the jump.  Add a comment

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The Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Digital Wireless components, as used by students at Nashville’s Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School. Pictured are ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, ATW-RU13x2 receiver unit, ATW-T1002 handheld dynamic unidirectional microphone/transmitter and ATW-T1001 UniPak transmitter with MT830cW lavalier microphone.
The Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Digital Wireless components, as used by students at Nashville’s Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School. Pictured are ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, ATW-RU13x2 receiver unit, ATW-T1002 handheld dynamic unidirectional microphone/transmitter and ATW-T1001 UniPak transmitter with MT830cW lavalier microphone.

Audio-Technica Helps School Hit the Right Notes

Jacob Coakley

NASHVILLE, TN — The Hull Jackson Montessori Magnet School in north Nashville produced The Little Mermaid last year. The show was one of the first productions to employ the school’s newly acquired System 10 Pro Digital Wireless Microphone system from Audio-Technica. The system was installed by Nashville’s Corner Music Audio & Video and paid for through a combination of funds from the Pencil Partners foundation and revenue from performances. The new 10-channel system is mounted on a movable cart, so it can be used throughout the school, for presentations and events, as well as theatre productions. Add a comment

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DTS will no longer manufacture PAR cans to focus on new innovative products
DTS will no longer manufacture PAR cans to focus on new innovative products

DTS to Retire PAR Cans

Jacob Coakley

ITALY - PAR Cans, the most widespread lighting fixtures in the world, were the evolution core of the live show, theatre and TV performances for the last decades, in spite of their simplicity. DTS owes a lot of their success in their 30 years because of all their activity. The first PAR was made in 1982 and since then over 8 million parts of pars were made. During this long period, DTS’s PARs became a market standards for their resilience and quality, as well as their price, outcome of high production automation level and fully robotized workstations. Add a comment

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Peter Sargent, 2017 Thomas DeGaetani Award honoree
Peter Sargent, 2017 Thomas DeGaetani Award honoree

Peter Sargent to Receive 2017 DeGaetani Award

Jacob Coakley

SYRACUSE, NY — USITT chose Peter Sargent, founding Dean of Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts and its Lighting Design and Stage Management programs to receive their 2017 Thomas DeGaetani Award. Sargent is celebrating his 49th season with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis as a resident lighting designer. Add a comment

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VER London supplied the cameras and routers to capture “Disney Broadway Hits” at the Royal Albert Hall in London
VER London supplied the cameras and routers to capture “Disney Broadway Hits” at the Royal Albert Hall in London

VER London Makes Mouse Royal

Jacob Coakley

LONDON — VER London supplied equipment, crew, logistics to the creative team behind the Disney Broadway Hits at the Royal Albert Hall here. The extensive equipment package required to capture the show in 4K, included 17 cabled and remote Panasonic camera systems controlled via a bespoke fly-pack built around Evertz routers, Kayenne switching and Riedel communications.  Add a comment

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Po-Yang Sung recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin
Po-Yang Sung recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin

Po-Yang Sung Joins Available Light

Jacob Coakley

BOSTON — Available Light expanded their Boston studio by hiring Po-Yang Sung. Po-Yang is a Taiwanese native fresh from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his MFA in Lighting Design. In school, he lit a variety of performance styles ranging from drama to dance to musical comedy. Prior to joining Available Light, Po-Yang served as Resident Lighting Designer at Michigan’s Thunder Bay Theatre Company. 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into the Lyric Theatre in 2018
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into the Lyric Theatre in 2018

Ambassador Theatre Group Closes Lyric to Prepare for Potter

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — The Ambassador Theatre Group will close their Lyric Theatre on West 42nd Street for renovations that will make it a better home for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. ATG announced the closure, and Deadline.com confirmed that the renovations would be in service of making it a home for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2018. The theatre’s current production — “Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour” — will close in April. The plan currently is that “Paramour” will move into another theatre. Add a comment

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 Tarell Alvin McCraney was also named a playwright in residence at Yale Rep.
Tarell Alvin McCraney was also named a playwright in residence at Yale Rep.

Yale Names Tarell Alvin McCraney Head of Playwriting

Jacob Coakley

NEW HAVEN, CT — Yale tapped Tarell Alvin McCraney as the chair of the Department of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama, effective July 1, 2017, for a three-year term. McCraney will begin his work part-time this winter in order to admit the incoming class of playwrights. The application deadline for the Playwriting Department will be extended to January 1, 2017, to accommodate this transition. Add a comment

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A  Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live system supplies sound in the new Atlas Theatre
A Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live system supplies sound in the new Atlas Theatre

Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Supports Atlas in Emmen

Jacob Coakley

EMMEN, THE NETHERLANDS — Located in the northeast section of The Netherlands, Emmen is now home to a new performing arts facility, the Atlas Theater. The multi-purpose performing arts facility, designed by noted Danish architect Henning Larsen, opened in October 2016, with a main auditorium hosting 822 audience members. A Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live system ensures even coverage across every seat. Add a comment

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