La Perle by Dragone in Dubai. © La Perle
La Perle by Dragone in Dubai. © La Perle

La Perle by Dragone in Dubai Celebrates 100 Shows

Michael Eddy

La Perle, the spectacular acrobatic water show from Franco Dragone, opened its doors for the first time in Al Habtoor City in the heart of Dubai in August and now celebrates 100 shows. La Perle is performed in a purpose-built, 1,300-seat, theatre designed by renowned set designer, Jean Rabasse, and executed by Khatib and Alami Architects and theatre consultants Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. The initial lighting design and specification by Enrico Bagnoli was implemented on site by his assistant Claude Plante.

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United Palace's production crew (L-R) with the venue's new L-Acoustics K2 system: Technical Director/Production Manager Jed DeFilippis, Lead Audio Tuto Tavaras, Lighting Tech Josh Zettlemoyer, Technology Supervisor Kevin Calderon and Audio Assistant David Mazur
United Palace's production crew (L-R) with the venue's new L-Acoustics K2 system: Technical Director/Production Manager Jed DeFilippis, Lead Audio Tuto Tavaras, Lighting Tech Josh Zettlemoyer, Technology Supervisor Kevin Calderon and Audio Assistant David Mazur

Historic Loews Wonder Theater Gets an Audio Upgrade

Michael Eddy

Once upon a time, movie theaters were truly palaces, and few were equal in design and texture to Loew's five lavishly designed “Wonder Theatres” built in and near New York City between 1929 and 1930. While there are efforts underway to restore several of these opulent octogenarians that have been in and out of commission over the years, Loew's 175th Street Theatre—today known as United Palace—has remained in almost constant use since day one and now has a new L-Acoustics sound system that will carry the venue into its next century.

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The Dimension Chorus FX unit that is in GLD V1.6 from Allen & Heath
The Dimension Chorus FX unit that is in GLD V1.6 from Allen & Heath

Allen & Heath Adds New FX and ProFactory Mic Presets to GLD Mixers

Michael Eddy

Allen & Heath announced the latest firmware update for its GLD digital mixer range, adding a sought-after FX unit as well as presets for popular microphones. Included in GLD V1.6 is the Dimension Chorus FX unit. Inspired by a classic chorus based on bucket-brigade technology, Dimension Chorus offers varying degrees of density from subtle special effects through to heavier modulation. This firmware update can be downloaded for free from www.allen-heath.com.

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Avid Pro Tools Gets Boost on New iMac Pro

Michael Eddy

Avid® announced the availability of a new version of Pro Tools®—v12.8.3—optimized for Apple’s High Sierra 10.13.2, and introduced new video file support for post-production workflows, empowering users to tackle the most demanding music creation projects and audio post production with ease. Powered by MediaCentral®, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated, and efficient platform designed for media, the latest version of Pro Tools gains a significant boost in playback performance with the new iMac Pro.

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Cinderella as lit by LD Andy Webb. Photo courtesy of UK Productions
Cinderella as lit by LD Andy Webb. Photo courtesy of UK Productions

Cinderella Gets a Colorful Design by Lighting Designer Andy Webb

Michael Eddy

Just like the fairy-tale glass slipper that glided effortlessly onto Cinderella’s foot uniting her and Prince Charming, Lighting Designer Andy Webb has designed a beautifully colorful and fitting lighting scheme for Cinderella, this season’s pantomime at The Grand Theatre, in Blackpool UK, utilizing a large rig of Robe LED products, all controlled via an Avolites Tiger Touch II console. It’s the third year that Webb has been...

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Ghost the Musical with a lighting design by Matt Guminski
Ghost the Musical with a lighting design by Matt Guminski

Lighting Designer Matt Guminski Lights Ghost the Musical

Michael Eddy

When Ghost the movie premiered in 1990 it was a big hit, so it wasn’t surprising that the romantic drama was adapted for the stage, playing in the West End, on Broadway, and a long running First National Tour. Lighting designer Matt Guminski lit a reworked version of the show recently at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, NY. He worked with Master Electrician and Assistant LD Lizzie Mahoney on the adapted version of the play at the 410-seat professional theatre outside of New York City.
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