The Cincinnati Opera Returns to the Music Hall
The Cincinnati Opera Returns to the Music Hall

The Renovation of the Cincinnati Music Hall Gets Raves as the Opera Prepares to Return Home

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The Cincinnati Music Hall, which opened in 1878, is filled with Victorian Gothic grandeur as designed by architect Samuel Hannaford and is on the National Register of Historic Places. A multi-use performing arts center, Music Hall is home to Cincinnati’s symphony orchestra, pops orchestra, ballet, and the May Festival Chorus. It is also home to Cincinnati Opera, one of the oldest and most highly regarded opera companies in U.S., who will celebrate their 98th season this summer returning to the newly renovated Music Hall. When the city launched the $143 million renovation in 2016 it had a caveat: the renovation must be completed in just 16 months. Teamwork and custom solutions brought the project in on time and on budget when it reopened in Oct. 2017. 
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The Lyric Theatre is Reborn for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael Eddy

For Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Lyric Theatre, a historic Broadway house in NYC, received some much need renovations to the auditorium and lobby, and even a bit of magic hit its 43rd Street entrance marquee. Working with a range of consultants, engineers, architects, and theatrical shops, the beautiful interior designs and the fantastical marquee were created by scenic designer for the production, Christine Jones and her associate scenic designer/international scenic supervisor for the show, Brett J. Banakis. See the transformation in this video as the cast sees the space for the first time and then scroll down to read Banakis’ inside perspective on this extraordinary aspect of the project in his own words.
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From the 2017 Michael Merritt Awards
From the 2017 Michael Merritt Awards

2018 Michael Merritt Awards and Design Exposition

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The 25th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Broadway, film, television, and regional theatre costume designer Toni-Leslie James (Come From Away, August Wilson's Jitney) will receive the 2018 Merritt Award. Draper Beth Uber, Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson, and Technical Director Becca Venable will also receive major awards in addition to student and exhibition prizes.

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Rosalind Chao as Etsuko in Francis Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet
Rosalind Chao as Etsuko in Francis Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet

Projection Mapping The Great Wave at the National Theatre

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Here’s a behind the scenes video from The National Theatre of the projection mapping for the recent production of The Great Wave in the Dorfman Theatre in London. Lighting desk programmer, Neville Billimoria walks us through his programming for the video on this production.

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Titanic, The Musical
Titanic, The Musical

'Titanic the Musical' in U.K. Disrupted by Falling Plaster on Opening Night

Michael Eddy

Halfway through its “maiden voyage” — opening night for a 10-night run at the Mayflower Theatre April 12-21 — the production of 'Titanic the Musical' had to be halted when, just as the ship hit the iceberg in the show, plaster from a backstage wall fell to the stage. Although the show was halted as a precaution, investigators found no major structural issues, and the production continued the next night as scheduled.

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