The May 2019 Digital Edition

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Articles from the May 2019 Issue

New in 2019: NextGen and PL+S

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • May 2019
• May 3, 2019
So a bunch of us were sitting around at the Parnelli Awards last winter, swapping war stories and giving accolades to what’s new, from gear to production designs. While sitting there, one of our industry’s favorite comedic veterans announced that he’s tired of reading about his friends as well as himself. Well, let’s just say […] Read More...

LD Jef Benjamin with Earth, Wind & Fire

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Debi Moen •
  • May 2019
  • On the Road
• May 3, 2019
TOUR DATES: Las Vegas residency May 2-12 at The Venetian; U.S. tour through September 25. EWF DESIGN APPROACH: “It had to be versatile enough to look big and fit the design concept, but also fit into smaller locations without major changes. Regarding the residency, it does provide opportunities that you don’t get on the road. […] Read More...

Prolight+Sound 2019 Show Report

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Features
  • May 2019
• May 3, 2019
The Prolight and Sound 2019 show celebrated their 24th year in grand style in Frankfurt, with a new exhibition hall for the lighting world. Held from April 2-5 this year, the event drew over 85,000 attendees checking out the latest gear. Half of the patrons were from outside of Germany, representing 130 different nations. Highlights […] Read More...

The Taming of the Set: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Returns to Broadway

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Bryan Reesman •
  • Inside Theater
  • May 2019
• May 3, 2019
Last year, scenic designer David Rockwell tackled the late ‘80s look of the upbeat musical Pretty Woman. And while this year he has also tackled another iconic ‘80s tale (Tootsie), he is also jumping back in time to the 1940s with the classic Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate. The shows co-stars Broadway icon Kelli O’Hara […] Read More...

Muse ‘Simulation Theory’ World Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • May 2019
  • Production Profile
• May 3, 2019
For Muse fans new and old, the current tour is yet another notch up the ladder of musical and visual excellence. The show’s North American leg, which ran from February to April, will be followed by a tour through the U.K. and Europe this summer, wrapping up with some dates in Asia and Latin America […] Read More...

Metric ‘Art of Doubt’ Tour 2019

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • May 2019
  • Wide Focus
• May 3, 2019
Canadian indie rock band Metric, which toured with Smashing Pumpkins last year, paired up with Mexican rock band Zoé for a co-headlining tour in February and March in support of their seventh studio album, Art of Doubt, released last fall. PLSN caught up with the tour at a sold-out show in San Francisco, and we […] Read More...

Maren Morris ‘Girl’ World Tour 2019

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • May 2019
  • Wide Focus
• May 3, 2019
  Maren Morris’ 2019 tour in support of her second album, Girl, which was released in March, followed up shows in Mexico and KAABOO Cayman in February with dates across the U.S. in March, April and May. Morris then heads to the U.K. and Europe later this month, but returns for a North American leg […] Read More...

John “Schmee” Schiemeier

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • May 2019
  • PLSN Interview
• May 3, 2019
St. Louis promoter rep/tech has had more than a hand in many great shows, careers  In a peaceful St. Louis suburban neighborhood, tucked in on a cul-de-sac there’s a white house that has a finished basement that is essentially the greatest live concert museum I have ever seen. It’s not open to the public, but […] Read More...

2Cellos embark on 2019 Let There Be Cello Tour

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Louise Stickland •
  • May 2019
  • Tour Lighting
• May 3, 2019
  2Cellos traveled the U.S. from February to mid-April, performing in support of their Oct. 2018 album release, Let There Be Cello. The two cellists, Luka Šulić from Slovenia and Stjepan Hauser from Croatia, have been thrilling fans with their unique crossover style that puts the often-underrated cello in the spotlight, offering up a lively […] Read More...

Max McDougall – NextGen Lighting Designer

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • May 2019
  • NextGen
• May 3, 2019
This young Minneapolis-based designer keeps surviving trials-by-fire. In our continuing quest to introduce our readers to some industry friends we feel may be household names in the future, we introduce the latest in our next generation of potential Parnelli winner series, LD Max McDougall. I caught up with Max this week, in between shows at […] Read More...

Cyc Lights

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • May 2019
• May 3, 2019
The original idea behind linear strips of lights was to be able to cast a wide swatch of colored light across an area, typically to light scenery or to serve as footlights in troughs for front light on stage. Along the way, concert and television LDs found they made great eye candy when placed at […] Read More...

One Night for One Drop

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Mike Wharton •
  • Corporate Theater
  • May 2019
• May 3, 2019
One Night for One Drop (onedrop.org) is an annual philanthropic event in which Cirque du Soleil cast and crew donate their talent and time to create a unique theatrical show for one night only in support of the international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water. This year’s location was the “O” Theater […] Read More...
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