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Meyer Sound: Tony Meola, One Short Day Theatrical Sound Webinar

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • June 17, 2020

Meyer Sound recently conducted a webinar with legendary theatrical Sound Designer, Tony Meola. The webinar is led by John Monitto, Meyer Sound Director of System Optimization; Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound Director of System Optimization; and Merlijn van Veen, Meyer Sound Senior Technical Support & Education Specialist.

While interning at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Meola was asked to work on an unusual musical the festival was developing. That musical became A Chorus Line and Tony spent many of his early years working on various incarnations of A Chorus Line’s immensely successful life.

Around this time Tony began working with sound designer Otts Munderloh, and as his associate, Meola saw firsthand the way shows are put together and the role sound played in a show’s development. By the mid-1980’s, Tony had established himself as one of Broadway’s leading sound designers.

Starting with Lincoln Center Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Anything Goes, Tony Meola’s list of Broadway hits is dazzling: Guys and Dolls, The King and I, The Lion King (for which he won the 1998 Drama Desk Award), The Sound of Music (for which he was nominated for a 1998 American Theatre Wing Design Award), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (for which he received another Drama Desk Award), Kiss Me Kate, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Wicked—to name only a few. Meola’s work has also been heard extensively overseas and on national tours including Kiss Me, Kate, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Lion King, Les Miserables, and many more.

Meola has a BFA from Ithaca College’s Department of Theatre Arts.

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