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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

In Memoriam: Dann Whittaker, 63 by Frank Hammel

Daniel S. “Dann” Whittaker died unexpectedly on Sept. 5, 2023 in Columbus, OH. He founded and ran We3Co, LLC, doing business as ShoPros Ohio LLC, in 2006. Not long after founding the com…

SOURCE: PLSN at 03:31PM

In Memoriam: Sarah Lynn Jakubasz, 42 by Frank Hammel

Sarah Lynn Jakubasz, Lighting Director for ABC’s Good Morning America and GMA3: What You Need to Know, died July 22 of complications related to a Glioblastoma. Good Morning America aired a…

SOURCE: PLSN at 01:43PM
Friday, September 1, 2023

Voting is Now Open for the Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year Award! by Frank Hammel

From September 1 until October 6, 2023, PLSN readers have the opportunity to vote for the best regional lighting company in each of six separate regions in North America – five U.S. region…

SOURCE: PLSN at 03:38PM
Monday, August 21, 2023

Event Production Directory Website, EPDweb.com, Updated with New Look, Features by Frank Hammel

For over 20 years the comprehensive Event Production Directory (EPD), an annually updated companion publication to Timeless Communication’s PLSN and FRONT of HOUSE magazines, has also been…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:50PM
Monday, August 14, 2023

Parnelli and Indispensable Technology Award Nominations NOW OPEN by Frank Hammel

Nominations are now being accepted for the next Parnelli Awards ceremony, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Friday, January 26, 2024, during the NAMM Show. Anyone…

SOURCE: PLSN at 01:06PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

In Memoriam: Vicki ‘Max’ Brenner, 71 by Frank Hammel

Vicki “Max” Brenner, a lighting professional with a career that spanned decades from her earliest days with Imero Fiorentino Associates to her last years before retiring as a gaffer for …

SOURCE: PLSN at 06:32PM
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 Pumps Up Puerto Rico’s Latin Urban Music Awards by Frank Hammel

Two Green Hippo Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 Media Servers powered the visuals for multiple wraparound LED screens which formed the backdrop for this year’s televised Premios Tu Música Urbano. …

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:11PM
Tuesday, August 1, 2023

4Wall, ZeroSpace, & disguise Host First Successful Virtual Production Accelerator In New York by Frank Hammel

NEW YORK – The synergy of innovation and creativity took center stage in New York as 4Wall Entertainment joined forces with ZeroSpace and disguise, to deliver an unprecedented Virtual Prod…

SOURCE: PLSN at 03:37PM

CHAUVET Professional Helps Clifford Michael Spulock Evoke Mood of ‘Newsies’ by Frank Hammel

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The deepest purpose of art is “not to convey, but to evoke,” the great novelist Jerzy Kosinski once observed.  Clifford Michael Spulock demonstrated the power of…

SOURCE: PLSN at 03:28PM

Ayrton Dominos Go Royal for Shania Twain’s ‘Queen of Me Tour’ by Frank Hammel

Ayrton Domino fixtures have hit the road with country music royalty accompanying multi Grammy-winner Shania Twain on her “Queen of Me” global tour.  ACT Entertainment is the exclusive d…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:22PM
Monday, July 31, 2023

Halcyon Gold Illuminates Miss North Carolina Pageant by Frank Hammel

High End Systems Halcyon Gold fixtures were the workhorse moving framing fixtures on the Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina Teen Beauty Pageants, held last month in High Point, NC. …

SOURCE: PLSN at 07:32PM
Friday, June 16, 2023

‘My Mother’s Courage’ in Madrid Lit with Astera AX3 LightDrops by Frank Hammel

Lighting Designer Nicolas Fischtel recently lit 'My Mother’s Courage' in Spain using Astera lighting products. Lighting was absolutely integral to the storytelling which took place over th…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:59PM

4Wall Europe Adds Elation Proteus Rayzor Blade to Inventory, Immediately Deploys Fixtures on Depeche Mode Tour by Frank Hammel

  Leading full-service video and lighting company, 4Wall Europe, added Elation Proteus Rayzor Blade™ tilt FX bars to inventory this past spring and immediately deployed the units on the E…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:45PM

Simon Horn Calls on ChamSys for Anastacia Tour’s Bold Background without Video Wall by Frank Hammel

You can’t always get what you want, as Mick Jagger once famously noted, but if you’re a gifted lighting designer, you won’t be deterred by any such setbacks. When one door closes, you …

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:32PM

Lüz Studio Storytelling with CHAUVET Professional for Reba McEntire MSG Show by Frank Hammel

There are as many ways to tell a story as there are stories to tell.  The incomparable Reba McEntire has demonstrated this with the rich and varied narratives that run through her songs. So…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:27PM
Thursday, June 15, 2023

Harman Professional Features Recent Product Introductions at InfoComm 2023 by Frank Hammel

Harman Professional’s InfoComm Booth #4443 features a number of Martin lighting products that have been introduced since InfoComm 2022 last year in Las Vegas, including: Martin MAC Aura XI…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:48PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2023

ETC Introduces 2023 Fred Foster Student Mentees by Frank Hammel

ETC announced the 12 students who will participate in the 2023 Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program. The group will meet industry mentors through a series of networking events. Started by …

SOURCE: PLSN at 04:17PM

ASG to Offer Zero Density’s Line of Real-time Photorealistic Graphics Solutions by Frank Hammel

Emeryville, CA-based Advanced Systems Group, LLC (ASG), a technology and services provider for media creatives and content owners, has entered into a strategic partnership with Zero Density,…

SOURCE: PLSN at 04:03PM

Classical Musicians at SXSW in Austin, TX Lit with GLP X4 Bar Battens and FR1 Luminaires by Frank Hammel

This year’s South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, TX provided a unique classical music showcase into its multi-cultural annual event. The brainchild of Thea Paraskevaides fro…

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:53PM

Markey’s Adds Elation Proteus Rayzor™ and Fuze MAX™ Luminaires to Inventory by Frank Hammel

AV rental and production company, Markey’s, has recently added Elation Professional Proteus and Fuze series lighting fixtures to inventory. The purchase of 72 Proteus Rayzor 760™, 12 Pro…

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:28PM
Monday, June 12, 2023

Buford Jones, Carol Dodds, and Jim Brammer to Receive Parnelli Honors for Career Achievement by Frank Hammel

The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced the three lifetime honorees for the 2024 22nd Annual Parnelli Awards: Buford Jones, Audio Innovator; Carol Dodds, Visionary; and Jim Brammer, Lif…

SOURCE: PLSN at 01:47PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Solotech Names Martin Chouinard Chief Global Operations and Asset Officer by Frank Hammel

Solotech named Martin Chouinard as Chief Global Operations and Asset Officer, a new position. Chouinard, who joined Solotech in 2006, has worked in a variety of roles for the company. Since …

SOURCE: PLSN at 04:39PM
Friday, April 21, 2023

In Memoriam: Ron Smith, Pyrotechnics and Atmospheric Effects expert, 66 by Frank Hammel

Ron Smith, a pyrotechnics and atmospheric effects expert with decades of experience who had been working with Strictly FX in recent years, died earlier this month at age 66. “Ron was a kin…

SOURCE: PLSN at 06:26PM
Saturday, April 15, 2023

21st Parnelli Awards Offer Surprises, Emotions, and Winners by Frank Hammel

Always full of surprises and the unexpected, the 21st Annual Parnelli Awards held on Friday started out with a big one: Outgoing NAMM CEO/President Joe Lamond was initiated in the Parnelli H…

SOURCE: PLSN at 02:56PM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

ADJ Group Prepares To Exhibit and Sponsor Stage at NAMM 2023 by Frank Hammel

The ADJ Group of companies will be heavily represented at this year’s NAMM tradeshow in Anaheim, CA. ADJ will once again be the official naming sponsor of the Arena Plaza Stage, which will…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:09AM

Ayrton Fixtures Shine in Lighting Designer Jeff Ravitz’s Rig for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 2023 Tour by Frank Hammel

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have kicked off their 2023 international tour with a show featuring an array of Ayrton lighting fixtures selected by Lighting Designer Jeff Ravitz.  …

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:00AM
Saturday, March 25, 2023

Team Darmah and CHAUVET Professional Help Daddy Yankee Create Farewell Tour ‘Fit For a King’ by Frank Hammel

How do you say goodbye to a legend? For the creative team involved in designing the production for Daddy Yankee’s La Ultima Vuelta tour, the answer was quite simple, you create something �…

SOURCE: PLSN at 12:54AM
Friday, March 24, 2023

Måneskin’s Arena Tour Thrills with Powerful Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash Colors by Frank Hammel

Italian group Måneskin are rocking their way through Europe with their Loud Kids Tour Gets Louder shows, backed by a highly technological lighting system that can morph into multiple differ…

SOURCE: PLSN at 11:27PM

More Than 100 ADJ Fixtures Create Impressive Atmosphere at ‘Vroeger Was Alles Beter 2023’ by Frank Hammel

A significant quantity of ADJ automated luminaires were used to create an impressive atmosphere last month for a huge hardstyle dance event held at the Autotron exhibition center in The Neth…

SOURCE: PLSN at 08:41PM

Kontra K Tour Powered by ChamSys by Frank Hammel

A recent arena tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria for German Rapper Kontra K had an immersive and fast-moving light show designed by Gunther Hecker and run by Marcus Herzog on ChamSys …

SOURCE: PLSN at 08:27PM

ACME Lighting Refracted Lightstand by Frank Hammel

The Refracted Lightstand™ is a new, original product available from ACME Lighting, that is more than just a light stand but a stunning visual product unto itself. With pixel mapping capabi…

SOURCE: PLSN at 03:26PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards