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Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal Scales Up "This Is Our Youth" for Broadway

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This Is Our Youth photo by Brigitte LacombStarring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, This Is Our Youth focuses on three college age rich kids dealing with interpersonal friction, identity issues and their hard-partying ways in the early 1980s. It’s a dramatic show set in a studio apartment setting on the Upper West Side, but looming above it is a few stories of a building edifice that emphasizes the larger landscape these self-involved youngsters are a part of. Scenic designer Todd Rosenthal worked on the show staged by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company this past summer in Chicago before it made its Broadway debut in at the Cort Theater in September, and he dealt with the challenge of taking a smaller production into a bigger space while keeping the material up close and personal. Add a comment

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Lighting and Set Designer David S. Goldstein: Sculpting the Story

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David S. Goldstein's set design for Stalking the Bogeyman. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.New York-based scenic and lighting designer David S. Goldstein possesses a powerful passion for theater, and for him, his disciplines are perpetually married as he feels that they help to tell and sculpt the story that actors are portraying onstage, be it a musical or a straight play. “It’s not a prevalent practice in the United State, for a single designer to do lighting and sets,” observes Goldstein. “It is very prevalent for one designer to do set and costumes. In the United Kingdom, it’s the opposite — it’s very prevalent for one designer to do sets and lights and one to do costumes. ”

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Production Profile

Foster the People

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Matthieu Larivée and Lüz Studio brought the band’s quirky album aesthetics to the stageMark Foster is another one of those talented musicians who worked for many years to become an overnight sensation. One day you’ve never heard of them; the next day, they’re everywhere. Like thousands of hopefuls, Foster moved to Los Angeles after high school to chase a career in music. After several years of onerous odd jobs and stillborn bands, he landed work with audio production house Mophonics as a commercial jingle writer, giving us immortal works for California Tourism, Cadillac and Muscle Milk.

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Production Profile

25 Years of Lighting Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

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Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX. Photo by Debi MoenThink about it: The Beatles had no lighting designer on tour. The thought boggles the mind.

This year, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ 1964 landing in New York and the launch of Beatlemania. On their three 1964-66 tours, the world’s most popular band may have had a followspot operator, but otherwise were stuck with poor house lights or, in the case of stadiums, industrial fixtures meant to light the field, not the Fab Four. Forget “stage design.” One promoter lined up 200 folding chairs onstage — and directly behind the band — to squeeze in more of the screaming girls and society celebrities for over-capacity ticket sales.

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Production Profile

Reventón Super Estrella

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Reventón Super Estrella photo by Erika Diaz. The Latin rock extravaganza got a visual assist from Global Trend Productions and othersThe seventeenth annual Reventón Latin rock festival drew close to 18,000 to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on July 19, 2014. Organized by KSSE Super Estrella 107.1 FM, Reventón featured a lineup that included largely accessible, if fairly diverse, Spanish-language acts, such as Caifanes, La Ley, Fobia, Roco Pachukote de Maldita Vecindad, Enrique Bunbury, La Unión, Víctimas Del Doctor Cerebro and La Santa Cecilia.

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Sharing Pickathon with the World

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The main Mountain View Stage, sheltered by GuildWorks’ stretch canopy. Photo by Liz DevineVideo Production Helps Bring a Locally-Grown Festival in Oregon to a Wider Audience

Over a 16-year span, the annual Pickathon Music Festival —so-named, according to executive producer Zale Schoenborn, for the “hand-picked” assortment of artists across a wide range of genres — has grown from a modest shindig at Horning’s Hideout in Portland, OR to a three-day music festival with seven unique stages on Pendarvis Farm, an 88-acre horse farm framed by the forests and mountains near Happy Valley, OR, a half-hour outside of the big city.

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Designer Insights

Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014

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Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014 photo by Steve JenningsFollowing the mid-June release of Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party album and 30 Seconds To Mars’ Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in mid-May, “The Carnivores” tour, which also featured opening act AFI, took shape this year. The 25-date arena and shed trek kicked off in early August at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL) and we caught up with the tour where it wrapped up Sept. 19 at the Concord Pavilion (outside San Francisco).

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Designer Insights

Queen + Adam Lambert LD Rob Sinclair

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Queen + Adam Lambert 2014 tour photo by Steve JenningsDesigner Rob Sinclair has just completed a tour leg for Queen + Adam Lambert that finished in New Zealand Sept. 3. We caught the show while the band was touring the U.S. and spoke with Sinclair about the tour he directed as well. Among some of Sinclair’s credits — Miley Cyrus, Peter Gabriel, Pet Shop Boys and Keane (all covered in past PLSN issues). He’s also designed for Adele, Vampire Weekend, Goldfrapp and many more. Here’s what Sinclair had to say about the Queen + Adam Lambert tour.

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Special Charter Cruise

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Celebrity Cruise Lines’ Equinox, At sea on the MediterraneanLighting Co
Celebrity Cruise Lines

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Celebrity Cruise Lines’ Equinox,
At sea on the Mediterranean

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Jerrod Niemann

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Jerrod Niemann on tourLighting Co
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Various (Tour)

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