Patrick Woodroffe won Best Lighting Design for his lighting of Bat Out of Hell
Patrick Woodroffe won Best Lighting Design for his lighting of Bat Out of Hell

Patrick Woodroffe Wins Whatsonstage Award for Best Lighting Design

Michael Eddy

The 18th annual WhatsOnStage Awards were held on Sunday, February 25th at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End. These awards are the only major accolades in the UK where the audience are the judges. As the leading lighting supplier to West End theater, White Light sponsored the Best Lighting Design Award which was won by Patrick Woodroffe for his work on Bat Out of Hell.

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A USITT First: The Prop Lab

Stage Directions

With the first ever Prop Lab happening on the USITT Stage Expo floor in Fort Lauderdale, SD asked the prop lab curator, last year’s Early Career Honors speaker, Jay Duckworth, to give us a quick introduction to the all-stars prop team of talent he has brought together.
“When David Grindle called me this summer and said that he wanted to do a Props Lab he stated, ‘I want artists to walk away with something of value.’ So I asked myself, ‘Who would I want to learn from and who would I like to invite to share knowledge with the next generation of props people. Also, who would make learning interactive and fun.’"

Prop Master Eric Hart who made this How-To Make a Blood Knife video, will be teaching at the USITT Prop Lab.
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Marcel Duchamp’s painting T um’. ©Yale University Art Gallery
Marcel Duchamp’s painting T um’. ©Yale University Art Gallery

Was This the Start of the Color Chart?

Michael Eddy

Marcel Duchamp’s last painting has influenced artists for a century. The BBC’s Kelly Grovier takes a looks at how it inspired the modern color chart – and at its 17th-Century predecessor – in her fascinating story for BBC Culture. She looks at Duchamp's work and the impact over the decades afterwards and at the works of artists 'absorbing and wrestling' with the impact of Duchamp's piece. Read the entire fascinating story, The Mysterious Painting That Changed How We See Colour on the BBC culture page here.

 

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The Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center
The Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center

Skylight Music Theatre Closes on Sale / Leaseback of Broadway Theatre Center

Michael Eddy

Skylight Music Theatre President, Board of Directors Michael C. Lueder, Artistic Director Ray Jivoff, and Executive Director Jack R. Lemmon announced that Skylight Music Theatre closed on a sale/50 year leaseback of the Broadway Theatre Center to Broadway Theatre LLC, which will improve the property and lease most of it back to Skylight.

Skylight's current production Zombies From the Beyond is a satirical spin on 50’s pulp space-alien flicks.
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The reconstructed stage machinery as imagined for Handel’s Rinaldo in 1711 at the Haymarket Opera House. Victoria and Albert Museum
The reconstructed stage machinery as imagined for Handel’s Rinaldo in 1711 at the Haymarket Opera House. Victoria and Albert Museum

The Making of an 18th-Century Mechanical Theatre

Michael Eddy

An 18th-century mechanical theatre was a technology of tricks and devices that changed scenes almost miraculously. With nothing of this scale from history surviving, watch as exhibition designer, Patrick Burnier and his team at the Victoria and Albert Museum recreate a spectacular mechanical theatre for the exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

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The undersea world of SpongeBob on Broadway. Photos by Joan Marcus
The undersea world of SpongeBob on Broadway. Photos by Joan Marcus

Peter Nigrini Designs the Projections for SpongeBob on Broadway

Michael Eddy

Fans of all ages are filling the Palace Theatre as the beloved Nickelodeon character SpongeBob comes to Broadway in SpongeBob SquarePants: the Broadway Musical. Projection Designer Peter Nigrini, part of the Tony Award-winning design team, helped tell the story of SpongeBob's heroism as he and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.

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