Charlie & The Chocolate Factory on Broadway
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory on Broadway

Projection Designer Jeff Sugg Gets Support of WorldStage for his Chocolate Factory Design

Kathy Eddy

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with a new take on the classic children’s tale for theater audiences of all ages. Projection Designer Jeff Sugg calls the show “a really successful marriage of scenery, automation technology, and video technology. Projection fills a very powerful role in serving the story – it’s not an added layer of window dressing.” WorldStage is providing extensive video support for the new musical with a custom-fabricated Unilumin LED wall, a wide variety of Panasonic projectors, d3 Technologies’ media servers, and a BlackTrax real time movement tracking system.
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Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin, and William Daniels as John Adams reprise their Broadway roles in the film version of 1776.
Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin, and William Daniels as John Adams reprise their Broadway roles in the film version of 1776.

1776 and Hamilton Share History and A Theater

Stage Directions

For July 4th we thought it a good time to revisit the legacy of 1776. Long before there was Hamilton there was 1776, with a book by Peter Stone, music & lyrics by Sherman Edwards and directed by Peter Hunt. 1776 opened March 16, 1969 at the 46th Street Theatre, now known as the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which in a wonderful moment of theatrical symmetry, is the current home of Hamilton. Both are examples of theater at its best, both entertaining and thought-provoking. Today perhaps it is important to note that both 1776 and Hamilton are not mere patriotic looks back but rather timely reminders to us that ours is a history of ideals that were hard fought for, debated, and crafted which resulted in a nation that holds debate and the exchange of ideas essential to its core existence. 
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Backstage Past: 1960s Stagehands Load-in at National Theater in D.C.

Michael Eddy

The National Theater in Washington D.C. recently announced it will be replacing its hemp line and sandbag fly system with a new counterweight system this summer. The National has used a hemp system since the theater opened  with a production of A Man of the World on December 7, 1835, though the system has been updated since 1835. It will be quite a change for crews who work the load-ins and outs. It got us in a nostalgic mood and we dug up this cool bit of theater history: A short film from the AFL-CIO "Americans at Work" series looking at the job of stagehands/electricians/props and flys during a load-in at the National Theater for the 1960 production of My Fair Lady, starring Diane Todd and Michael Evans.

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Geoffry Craig in his office. Photo by: Cory Weaver
Geoffry Craig in his office. Photo by: Cory Weaver

San Francisco Opera Medal Awarded to Geoffry M. Craig

Michael Eddy

At the conclusion of the June 27 performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto, San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock presented the Company’s Head of Wardrobe, Geoffry M. Craig, with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company’s highest honor. Craig will retire at the end of summer season after 36 years, having joined the Wardrobe Department in 1981 as a dresser, becoming Head of Men’s Wardrobe in 1986 and then Department Head in 1999.

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Change Over at the National Theatre for Angels In America - Two Plays in One Day

Kathy Eddy

The National Theatre's production teams take us behind the scenes on a two-play day of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika. It requires an extensive changeover of lighting; scenic; every production discipline to present over seven hours of theater in a single day.

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The Eureka Theatre, Where Angels In America Began, Is Closing After 45 Years

Kathy Eddy

San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre, has announced it will cease operations after 45 years as of July 5th due to insurmountable budget issues. The official statment cites rising costs of production overhead, building maintenance, and the loss of appropriated arts funding from the city’s hotel tax which helped sustain operations as factors in the decision. It is particuarly sad that the Eureka is closing at this moment of sharp debate of theater funding, cultural freedoms, LGBTQ rights and the national healthcare debate as it was Eureka that originally commissioned and produced Angels in America

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Sound Designer and Composer Lindsay Jones
Sound Designer and Composer Lindsay Jones

Lindsay Jones Scores 30th Anniversary Video for Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Michael Eddy

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and with an amazingly rich production history, they created a video looking back over the last 30 years. From their early days on the roof of the Red Lion Pub in 1987 to their theater campus today on Chicago's Navy Pier they wanted to highlight the work and the spirit of the company. Music being such an important part of a montage video, Chicago Shakespeare Theater asked Sound Designer Lindsay Jones, principal of Lindsay Jones – Unique Music and Sound Design to score the celebratory video.

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Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, lit by Jake DeGroot. Photo by Todd Bissonette
Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, lit by Jake DeGroot. Photo by Todd Bissonette

LD DeGroot Lights Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat at Adirondack Theatre Festival

Michael Eddy

Kicking off Adirondack Theatre Festival’s (ATF) 23rd summer season of professional theater is Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, an electronic pop musical about one of history’s most influential and controversial innovators. Lighting Designer, Jake DeGroot lit the show that is being described as “Hamilton meets Tesla.” It is also the largest production ever undertaken at ATF. 

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Kwame Kwei-Armah to leave Baltimore Center Stage at the end of the 2017/18 season
Kwame Kwei-Armah to leave Baltimore Center Stage at the end of the 2017/18 season

AD Kwame Kwei-Armah Will Depart From Baltimore Center Stage

Michael Eddy

The Board of Directors of Baltimore Center Stage and Kwame Kwei-Armah jointly announced today that Kwei-Armah will leave his position as artistic director at the end of his contract on June 30, 2018. Kwei-Armah has served as artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage since 2011. 

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Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances
Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances

Broadway Bares Raises $1.57 Million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Michael Eddy

A spirited audience of thousands went back to campus with stripped-down collegians at Broadway Bares: Strip U, this year’s edition of the annual highly choreographed, highly produced striptease spectacular. This 27th edition of Broadway Bares, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances on June 18, 2017, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

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