Design

The Challenges of Designing Costumes for HDTV

via thecostumerag.com You only need to take a look in your local department store to see the immense size and quality of modern television screens aimed at the common family. Ultra-high-definition has given every broadcast a strangely smooth quality full of contrast and impeccable detail. Unfortunately one of the production departments with the biggest tasks with rising to this new standard of television is the costume department who, if our poll on the state of the costume industry is anything to go by, probably can’t afford to see their work in 4K glory. Besides more intense scrutiny for details, the new technology requires intense lighting that can easily bleach out much of the costume work. Colours have to be bold, which also meansweathering and ageing effects have to be exaggerated. I...

2018 Tony Award Winners

BY ADAM HETRICK via www.playbill.com The intimate chamber musical The Band’s Visit, which transferred to Broadway last fall following a sold-out world-premiere run at the Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway, was the biggest winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, which were presented June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk Matthew Murphy Tony voters responded to composer David Yazbek and playwright Itamar Moses’ adaptation of the 2007 film by Eran Kolirin about an Egyptian police band stranded in a remote village in the Israeli desert, awarding it ten Tony Awards in total, including Best Musical. The Band’s Visit earned Tony Awards for Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Direction (David Cromer), Best Orchestrations (Jamshied Sharifi), Best Sound Design (Kai Hara...

How ‘Mean Girls’ and More are Leaning into Video Design

BY CAITLIN HUSTON via www.broadway.news In “Mean Girls,” a large white wall can instantly transform from an African savanna to the hallway of a suburban American high school and then to a visualization of the world of social media. These scene changes come thanks to Finn Ross and Adam Young, who created the LED videos featured on the musical’s set, which is nominated for a Tony Award. Beyond “Mean Girls,” video and projection design is appearing more frequently on the stage, both to keep up with modern playwrights and with new technology. “I think there is an evolution happening,” Ross said. “Gradually more and more and more it’s accepted and understood.” Working alongside set designer Scott Pask, Ross and Young used 650 LED tiles — with each functioning as its own kind of television that ...

Ding. Hiss. Chirp. Broadway’s Best Sounds (Other Than the Songs).

BY MICHAEL PAULSON via www.nytimes.com What kind of noise does a wand make? How about an angel? In 2014, Tony Awards administrators eliminated sound design as a contest category, arguing that too few voters understood the craft well enough to judge it. But an outcry ensued, and this year, the category is back, with a twist — only about half of the 841 voters, those deemed expert enough, will be allowed to vote. We asked the nominees who worked on plays, creating soundscapes for worlds first dreamed up by George Orwell and J.K. Rowling, among others, to share short audio samples and talk about their work. Have a listen. Adam Cork, ‘Travesties’ The challenge: To capture the spirit of Tom Stoppard’s zany and chaotic play, told in a series of repeating and often conflicting flashbacks that fea...

Sound designers celebrate the return of their Tony Awards categories

BY CAITLIN HUSTON via www.broadway.news The Tony Award categories for sound design are back with a boom. Eleven sound designers of plays and musicals were nominated for Tony Awards this season, five years after the categories had been eliminated from consideration. With the return of the category comes a new voting system and a reinvigorated community supporting the designers and their work. “It’s an honor to be nominated in a category that has come back from the dead,” said Kai Harada, sound designer on “The Band’s Visit.” The Tony Awards for sound design was first awarded in 2008 and then taken away in 2014 without explanation by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. A New York Times article from that time cited two Tony voters who said voters largely did not know how to evaluate sou...

2018 Tony Award Nominations

via www.playbill.com The 2018 Tony Awards Nominations were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants coming out on top with 12 nods each including Best Musical. Joining the two titles in the category were The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and Frozen (earning three nods). Also earning 11 nominations were the Broadway revivals of Angels in America (becoming the most-nominated play in Broadway Tony history) and Carousel, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady trailing closely behind with ten. Five nominated performers represented the two leading shows: Mean Girls’ Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, and Grey Henson, and SpongeBob SquarePants’ Ethan Slater and Gavin Lee. The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareill...

New Theatre Jobs at Playbill

Theatre Jobs Are you looking for theatre jobs? Maybe you’re new to theatre, looking for something different, or just browsing out of curiousity. No matter what the reason may be, look to Playbill for new and exciting opportunities! Playbill keeps their theatre job postings up to date regularly, with new jobs posted daily! Click the logo above or highlighted link below to start your search! Broadway’s #1 Job Site: Find your next theatre job here – casting calls, auditions, internships, administrative, design, technical and other stage employment at Playbill.com.  

Lighting Design & Dance

BY MARINA HARSS via www.dancemagazine.com He may not be a household name, but you probably know Brandon Stirling Baker’s work. The 30-year-old has designed the lighting for most of Justin Peck’s ballets—including Heatscape for Miami City Ballet, and the edgy The Times Are Racing for New York City Ballet—but also Jamar Roberts’ new Members Don’t Get Weary at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a trio of Martha Graham duets for L.A. Dance Project. He’s been fascinated by lighting ever since he attended a public performing arts middle school in Sherman Oaks, California, where he had his first experiences lighting shows. He also has a background in music (he plays guitar and bass) and in drawing. Both, he says, are central to the way he approaches lighting danc...

Winners of the 2018 Olivier Awards

BY BWW NEWS DESK via www.broadwayworld.com FULL NOMINATIONS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018 WITH MASTERCARD Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical: Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre ** WINNER! Ross Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Cleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic ** WINNER! Tracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Lesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Outstanding Achievement In Music Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and Orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sell...

A Snapshot of Set and Theater Design of the 20th Century

BY MIKE JACKSON via www.architectmagazine.com This post is part of a monthly series that explores the historical applications of building materials and systems through resources from the Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL), an online collection of AEC catalogs, brochures, trade publications, and more. The BTHL is a project of the Association for Preservation Technology, an international building preservation organization. Read more about the archive here. The grand opera houses of 19th century Europe led to equally extravagant American movie palaces of the early- and mid-1900s. These structures were often ornately decorated and constantly evolving with technological innovations in lighting, movie projection, and seating design. This month we explore some architectural documents tha...

A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Broadway Home Is Revealed in Stunning New Photos

The Lyric Theatre has undergone a complete renovation after temporarily closing in the spring of 2017. BY: JASON ZEDNICK via  www.theatremania.com A view inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, home to Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (© Dorothy Hong) With the recent unveiling of the new marquee for Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the big question has been what magic is in store inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre’s interior. The top-to-bottom redesign (helmed by Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis and overseen by Gary Beestone) has been unveiled in eye-catching new photos released by Ambassador Theatre Group. The Lyric Theatre underwent a complete renovation after temporarily closing in 2017. (© Dorothy Hong) Harry Potter and the Cursed...

  • 1
  • 2
  • 4