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The May 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the May 2018 Issue

Gosh Darn That Fixture

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
For as long as I can remember in my design career, I’ve wondered why everyone that manufactures stage lighting fixtures doesn’t correspond with console manufacturers, CAD developers and previz companies to make life easier for me, the LD. It looks like this long-held dream of mine may be turning into reality…finally. Robe has teamed up […] Read More...

LD Landon Bloss with The Mavericks

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Debi Moen •
  • May 2018
  • On the Road
• May 14, 2018
DESIGN: “The band was looking for a rock show feel to bring energy to their set. The floor package was designed to be low and upstage, allowing for some great silhouette scenes with blinders directly behind the band. I also use moving spot fixtures to shine gobos through the band for big looks. The floor […] Read More...

Keeping Pace with the Mean Girls

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Bryan Reesman •
  • Inside Theater
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Movie-to-musical adaptations have become an overcrowded playing field on Broadway, but Tina Fey’s song and dance rendition of her hit 2004 film, Mean Girls, is an unexpected delight. Updated to reflect social media saturation and the #metoo and Time’s Up revolution, it traces the journey of an awkward teen named Cady whose family has moved […] Read More...

Demi Lovato ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ World Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • Designer Insights
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
We caught the Demi Lovato Tell Me You Love Me world tour, in support of her latest album of the same name, in its first week to a packed arena with support artist DJ Khaled. We spoke with the tour co-creative director and production designer Jesse Blevins and tour lighting director John Dacosta about the […] Read More...

311 Day 2018

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Mike Wharton •
  • Event Production
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Automation, Moving Lights and Projection Mapping Jam Along with the Music for Two-Night Extravaganza in Vegas Founded in Omaha, NE back in 1988, jam rockers 311 launched the first “three-eleven day” with the decision to play a marathon 47 songs on March 11, 2000. Since then, 311 Day has become an every-other-year tradition, typically filling […] Read More...

Judas Priest ‘Firepower’ Tour

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • May 2018
  • Wide Focus
• May 14, 2018
LD Tom Horton Lights the Metal Gods on their Latest Tour Judas Priest, the U.K.-based heavy metal artists, have been around for almost 50 years now. With their new album, Firepower — their 18th — released in March to widespread acclaim, this band, which has sold more than 50 million copies of their albums to […] Read More...

Umphrey’s McGee ‘It’s Not Us’ Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • May 2018
  • Wide Angle
• May 14, 2018
Umphrey’s McGee are out on tour in support of their 11th studio release, It’s Not Us, which came out in January. Playing two sets, the bands varying shows night to night combine everything from rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and many other musical styles, as well as throwing in covers of artists that have influenced the […] Read More...

New King Tut Exhibition Sees the Light

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Mike Wharton •
  • Features
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, a new six-year, 10-city touring exhibition coinciding with the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb in 1922, opened its doors to the public for the first time at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on March 24. It will remain there through Jan. 6, […] Read More...

Generico Entertainment Products

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Mike Wharton •
  • Company Spotlight
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Generico is the company supporting the new six-year, 10-city museum exhibition tour, King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh (See related feature, PLSN, May 2018, pages 44-45). Generico’s origins began in 2005 by importing molded Edison cable from China. Actual manufacturing for the rest of its products began in Shenzhen in 2007. With the introduction […] Read More...

‘Rocktopia’ on Broadway: A Classic(al) Mashup

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Bryan Reesman •
  • Focus on Theater
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
The latest concert experience to recently hit Broadway, Rocktopia presented song movements that combined classical music with classic rock in a colorful way that strived for a fluid synergy of the two genres. The 62-piece choir/orchestra/rock band ensemble not only linked the music together — for example, Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” led into The […] Read More...

The Opening Night Keynote at CES 2018

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David Steinberg •
  • Corporate Theater
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
WorldStage Partners with JHA on Keynote of Unprecedented Scale and Scope The Opening Night Keynote at CES 2018 in Las Vegas stood out this year for its dramatic scale and technical scope. Delivered by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, the presentation on how data is shaping our future enthralled the audience with its vision of futuristic […] Read More...

NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’

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Jim Hutchison •
  • May 2018
  • Spotlight on Staging
• May 14, 2018
United Staging and Rigging Provides Backbone for 2018 Live Broadcast on Easter Sunday An estimated 9.4 million television viewers tuned in on Easter Sunday 2018 to see John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon and a large cast of superstar performers give television life to Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC. The timeless, […] Read More...

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