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Jeff Ravitz Lights ‘Buddy Holly: Listen to Me’ for PBS

PLSN Staff • News • December 8, 2011

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – LD Jeff Ravitz designed the TV and live show lighting for a public television special, Buddy Holly: Listen to Me, which airs nationwide during December. The show features performances by Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Graham Nash and other guest stars, shot at Hollywood’s Music Box Theatre.

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA—LD Jeff Ravitz designed the television and live-show lighting for a PBS special commemorating what would have been Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday. The program begins nationwide airings on Public Television in December. The star-studded evening, entitled Buddy Holly: Listen To Me, was shot at Hollywood’s Music Box Theatre in September, and was produced and coordinated by Songmasters. Jennifer Cohen and Regan McCarthy were Executive Producers, and Grammy-winning producer Peter Asher was the Music Supervisor.

The show featured an incredible line-up of performers including Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Graham Nash, and Patrick Stump, with guests including Boz Scaggs, Raul Malo, Michelle Branch, Shawn Colvin, Paul Anka, Cobra Starship, Phil Everly, and famed guitarists James Burton and Albert Lee.

“It was an incredible thrill to work with, and light, this roster of amazing performers,” comments Ravitz. “The show was not without its challenges, however. As with many shows lately, the venue’s tight space and schedule hardly allowed for what the producers and I wanted to do. We supplemented the in-house lighting and focused on the priorities of making the stars look fabulous and imparting as much unique vibe to each song as possible. When all was said and done, I think we surpassed all of our expectations.”

The show will also be released on DVD, available through PBS.

Ravitz and his Intensity Advisors associate, Kristie Roldan, recently completed two whirlwind months of broadcasts, beginning with the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Decade Of Difference concert at the Hollywood Bowl for & DVD, collaborating with live show designer, Patrick Woodroffe.

The designers moved on to light Dr. Wayne Dyer’s new PBS special, Wishes Fulfilled before continuing to the Carrier Classic Veteran’s Day basketball game and concert for ESPN on-board the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. Opera came next, for the Minneapolis Opera’s world premiere production of Silent Night, for which they adapted the theatrical lighting for television. Ravitz then flew to Charlotte, NC, to light a Fox Sports Thanksgiving ice show spectacular, Kaleidoscope On Ice.

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