The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returns to the NYC Theater District on Sunday September 22, 2019
The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returns to the NYC Theater District on Sunday September 22, 2019

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Returns, September 22, 2019

Stage Directions

The 33rd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will take place in Shubert Alley and along West 44th and West 45th Streets, in the heart of NYC’s Theatre District on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is your ultimate theatrical treasure hunt and returns with cherished collectables and mementos, must-have autographed Playbills and posters, extraordinary auction experiences, star-studded encounters and more.

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Designer Rachel Hauck
Designer Rachel Hauck

Finding Her Tribe: A Conversation with Rachel Hauck

Howard Sherman

Glance at the current resume of set designer Rachel Hauck and under “Recent Off-Broadway” you’ll find more than 50 productions. Look at “Recent Regional” and you’ll find yet another 50 shows. Under Broadway, no “recent” is required, because Hauck has but three credits, but what impressive credits they are and one ends with a Tony Award. Her first Broadway credit was for John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons. The other two are for productions that have been running simultaneously during much of 2019. One is Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, for which Hauck created an amalgam of the VFW halls that Schreck frequented in order to compete in essay contests in her teen years. The other is the Tony Award winning Best Musical of 2019, Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, for which Hauck won the Tony for Best Scenic Design of a Musical. Less than a month after her Tony, Hauck sat down with Stage Directions to talk about her career. 
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A scene from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical. Photography by Pamela Raith
A scene from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical. Photography by Pamela Raith

LD Howard Hudson on Lighting The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 The Musical

Stage Directions

Lighting Designer Howard Hudson has deployed GLP’s new bespoke RGBY version of its impression X4 on the West End production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical. The adaptation of Sue Townsend’s bestselling book recently transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre. Here's a video preview of the show:
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Jonathan Lipp (in blue) setting up before the show along with Jake Lipp on the console and Henry Heine of Bag End
Jonathan Lipp (in blue) setting up before the show along with Jake Lipp on the console and Henry Heine of Bag End

Full Compass Provides Hands-On Involvement with Annual Opera in the Park Event

Stage Directions

2019 was the 18th year for Opera in the Park, in Madison, WI, and Jonathan and Susan Lipp, founder/CEO and chairman of the board, respectively, of Madison-based Full Compass, once again supported the event’s sound quality. Jonathan also served as lead sound engineer, and he, along with the Full Compass Rentals team, selected, supplied, and set up much of the audio gear.

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Jamie Dunn and Phil Myers
Jamie Dunn and Phil Myers

Lawo Expands Executive Management Board; Jamie Dunn and Phil Myers in New Roles

Stage Directions

Lawo, German based-pioneer of IP video, audio, control, and monitoring solutions, announced the expansion of its Executive Management Board. As of July 15, Jamie Dunn serves as Lawo’s chief commercial officer, and Phil Myers was named chief technology officer. Both are joining CFO and director of the executive board Claudia Nowak, COO Ulrich Schnabl, CSCO Christian Lukic and CEO Philipp Lawo, who is still on medical leave.

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Roth Edwards is the new Director of Operations for Bandit Lites
Roth Edwards is the new Director of Operations for Bandit Lites

Roth Edwards Named Bandit Lites Director of Operations

Stage Directions

Bandit Lites is pleased to announce the appointment of long time Bandit Roth Edwards to the new position of Director of Operations. Roth has been at Bandit for 20 years and was most recently Director of Special Operations. Edwards came to Bandit from Grand Island, NE with a keen understanding of the lighting business, a desire to learn more, and a passion second to none. From that point, Edwards quickly ascended the management ladder at Bandit and now sits in a lead role.

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The Cast of Guys and Dolls at The Muny
The Cast of Guys and Dolls at The Muny

The Muny Renovation

Michael Eddy

In May of 2018, The Muny Theatre in St. Louis, MO announced its Second Century Capital Campaign, a $100 million fundraising effort that would fund major capital improvements, including a complete rebuild of its stage. At the time, Muny President and CEO, Denny Reagan commented, “As we look toward our second century, the capital improvements to the facility and endowment support that will result from this campaign are vital to the future of The Muny.” After several years of planning, the staff of The Muny were ready to pull the trigger on the project at the conclusion of the 2018 summer season. The century-old stage was torn down and construction began; all with the goal of having it rebuilt and ready to go for the 2019 season in the spring. The rebuild addressed critical structural needs and allows The Muny to utilize stage technology that has become standard across the industry—versatile automated stage decking, stage lifts, an all LED lighting system, state-of-the-art controls, and new scenic LED screens. The results of the first phase of construction were completed on schedule and Guys and Dollshit the ‘new’ boards on June 10, 2019. Production Manager, Tracy Utzmyers and Lighting Designer, Rob Denton, who have both been very involved in this massive renovation, spoke with Stage Directionsabout the process, the challenges and the stunning results.

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