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Liza Minnelli will be recreating her popular concert series for five weeks at the Palace Theatre on Broadway next month. Beginning her tour in Woonsocket, RI in November, Liza will be performing to sold-out audiences for her return to Broadway. Sound Designer Matt Krauss has specified a DigiDesign D-Show console for his main and monitor mixes along with Meyer MICA and MILO Line Arrays for the 1780 seat Palace. Associate Designer Bob Hanlon and Matt Krauss will share mixing duties for Liza's return to the Great White Way.

DR. ATOMIC 11/18/08

John Adam's new opera made its debut last month at the famed Metropolitan Opera. The sound system designed by Mark Gray and installed under the supervision of Met Opera Sound Supervisor P.J. Volpe and Production Sound Engineer Jim Bay, utilizes a Digico D5 Live console, twenty six Sennheiser SK 5212/3532 wireless microphone systems, and two custom Meyer CQ1 sound towers. Sound Associates Project Manager Bob (the builder) Hanlon coordinated the shop build for the complex sound plot to be the first ever vocal sound reinforcement system using wireless microphones at the Met.


Toronto is home to another British mega hit greeted with rave reviews after the official press opening at the Princess of Wales Theatre October 7th. Mirvish Productions plan a long run on King Street for this extravagant new Andrew Lloyd Webber production. Newcomer Alicia MacKenzie won critical praise after being chosen by Canadians for the role of Maria on the television series "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria." Sound Designer Mick Potter created a lush environment in the large theatre using a Yamaha PM1D console, a multitude of Meyer Melodie' Line Arrays and 96 D&B surround speakers, all built at Sound Associates Yonkers production center.


With two Christmas Spectaculars scheduled by Cablevision for The Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden, and no available Broadway musical theatres available, the seasonal smash hit will take the show on the road this fall with stops in Chicago, Boston and Dallas. Sound Designers Acme Sound partners have swapped the Digico D5T for a DigiDesign Profile console to lighten the load for the road. L'Acoustic Arcs and Dv-Dosc speaker systems will serve up the "roast beast" to packed houses for the twelve week run.


SCOTT LERHER (Best Sound Design - Musical "South Pacific") and MIC POOL (Best Sound Design - Play "The 39 Steps").
The first-ever Tony Awards for Sound Design.

NINE to FIVER 7/12/08

The 1980 movie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton will have a new World Premier as a musical comedy opening at the Ahamanson Theatre, L.A. September 21st. The musical written by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick will be directed by the veteran Joe Mantello. A1 Dan Tramon ("Movin'Out") will head the sound crew for designer John Shivers ("Tarzan", "The Little Mermaid"). Under the direction of David Patridge, the shop build begins June 23rd with some new exclusive open architecture rack hardware for the d&b amplifiers and FOH processing. Dan will mix on a Yamaha PM1D with a monitor surface and 48 channel Sennheiser wireless rig attended by Ahmanson sound department head Bob Smith. Broadway opening is scheduled for early 2009.

A TALE of TWO CITIES 7/12/08

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Dickens' historical novel about injustice, vengeance and the redemptive power of love has been turned into a musical by Jill Santoriello. Scheduled to open September 18th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, sound designers Domonic Sack and Carl Casella are putting the finishing touches on the complicated design for the 1400 seat theatre. The first Midas XL8 Digital Mixer on a Broadway show will be operated by A1 Ty Lackey. Meyer M'elodie and M2D Curvilinear Line Arrays are the mains with a robust d&b 7.1 surround system. Sound Associates will be featuring Q-Manager Plus Show Control bundled with Wave Lab in the on site editing suite.


This European mega-hit begins a national tour in Chicago in August. The Toronto production is still running strong and sound designer Bobby Aitken ("Mamma Mia") has modified his loudspeaker specifications to incorporate Meyer Sound's M'elodie Curvilinear Line Arrays and d&b EO-LS surround boxes. A1 Bill Ruger will be mixing on a DigiCo D5T Digital Mixer with redundant engines and D1 monitor surface. Sound Associates is also providing the video package for designer Jon Driscol which includes a Lighthouse P-10 Video Wall and a pair of Digital 22k lumen projectors with content streams from four redundant Catalyst video servers.


This summer Sound Associates will install 150 Akeena Solar Andalay panels on the roof of their production center in Yonkers, NY. The solar panels will contribute up to 20% of the annual energy consumed by the center. The system is expandable to 300 panels delivering a total annual output of 52,000 kWh/yr. Over a 30 year period the panels will generate clean electricity that reduces atmospheric emissions of CO2 by 1,250,000 pounds equal the absorption rate of 16 acres of trees.

Infocomm 2008, Las Vegas 6/10/08

Sound Associates, will once again be attending the industries largest trade show, Infocomm, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Stop by and visit us at booth C3850 to see the latest additions to our quality line of Infrared Assistive Listening products, including the SA1422, Multi-Channel Digital Transmitter, the SA1710 Single Emitter Power Supply and SA1720, Double Emitter Power Supply.

Passing Strange 5/12/08

The new Broadway smash hit at the Belasco Theatre with Sound Design by Tom Morse was built by Sound Associates under the watchful eye of A1 Tucker Howard. Greg VanTassel and Tommy Grasso complete the superb crew. The show, transplanted from the NY Shakespeare's Public Theatre, opened to rave reviews for its creators and stars Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Tom Morse specified 2 Yamaha PM1D's and Meyer Micas for the 1000 seat Belasco. No ghosts were reported by the crew.

The Little Mermaid 3/19/08

Sound Associates is proud to be providing the audio equipment for the Broadway hit production "The Little Mermaid" with sound design by John Shivers. The design features include a Yamaha PM1D, dV-Dosc Line Arrays, Meyer LCS, Aviom pit monitors for the eighteen piece orchestra, and Sennheiser wireless microphones. David Patridge, George Huckins, and Scott Anderson keep the whole rig running smoothly eight performances a week.

The Country Girl 3/19/08

Director Mike Nichols ("Spamalot") is back on Broadway this year with a revival of Clifford Odette's 1950 play starring Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand, and Peter Gallagher. Veteran A1 Daryl Krall ("Drowsy Chaperone") built the system including a Yamaha DM1000, Meyer and d&b speakers at Sound Associates for Acme Sound Partners.

Macbeth 3/19/08

"Don't say it." No jinx about this Chichester Festival Theatre production starring Patrick Stewart transplanted from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Headed by crew chief and veteran A1 Wallace Flores, the system designed by Adam Cork ("Frost/Nixon"), using SFX, a Yamaha DM1000, and Meyer UPA1P's, is being assembled at Sound Associates for a March load in to the Lyceum Theatre.

Project Stepinac 3/1/08

Archbishop Stepinac Theatre teckies getting soldering training from the pros at Sound Associates, part of a theatre sound technology initiative offered to the Stepinac students from two famous alumni, Richard and Peter Fitzgerald, CEO and President of Sound Associates.