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DONNY & MARIE: A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS 12/9/2010

It's a little bit country and a little bit Rock n Roll at the Marquis Theatre this Christmas. Donny and Marie: A Broadway Christmas begins performances on Dec 9 for 21 performances only! System Designer David Bullard brings an all D&B rig to the 1,600 seat Marquis. Mixer Lucas 'Rico' Corrubia tickles the faders of the Soundcraft Vi6 out front, and monitor mixer Joe Webster is in from Las Vegas to drive the Yamaha PM5D monitor rig backstage. Left/Right/Center D&B J8 arrays are complemented by D&B C-6, E-3, and E-0s.

LOMBARDI 10/18/2010

Lombardi has touched down at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. Sound Designer Nevin Steinberg and the rest of the Acme Sound Partners team have made a first down with the NFL's first theatrical production. Telling the story of football legend Vince Lombardi, Steinberg and A1 Jim Bay have fielded an all Meyer speaker system consisting of self powered UPM-1P and MM-4, and a Meyer/LCS cue console and Wildtracks Hard disk playback. DPA 4021 microphones and Sennhieser 5212 Wireless help the audience hear every audible called.

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE 9/29/2010

David Mamet returns to Broadway with Patrick Stuart and T.R. Knight celebrating A Life in the Theatre. Broadway Pro Scott Anderson has assembled a rig to support a subtle design with EAW JF80 loudspeakers, a Yamaha DM-1000, and Q-Lab sound playback software.

DRIVING MISS DAISY 9/12/2010

Another star-driven comedy is headed for Broadway this season. Venessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, and Boyd Gains are joined in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize winning play for an October 2010 opening. Sound Designer Chris Cronin specified a front end consisting of Meyer UPA-1P's and EAW surround system. Sound Engineer Brien Brannigan drives the Yamaha DM1000 and QLab V2 sound playback system in the 800 seat John Golden Theatre.

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN 9/12/2010

The newly renovated Belasco Theatre will be home to the LCT production for hopefully many months to come with a star studded cast and premier creative team. Sound Designer Scott Lehrer selected a mostly D&B Audiotechnic speaker system, featuring the Q, E, C and B series products! Thirty-six Sennheiser body pack wireless mics are controlled FOH by Broadway pro A1 Scott Sanders on a Digico D5T in the first package built at Sound Associates for the 2010-2011 Broadway season.

LA BETE 9/12/2010

Sound Designer Simon Baker is back with Tony Award winning director Matthew Warchus' take on David Hirson's La Bete. Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce, and Johanna Lumley are moving from London's West End to Broadway's Music Box Theatre this fall, supported by a Meyer PA, Yamaha DM-1000 console, and Q-Lab playback software.

PRICILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT 8/12/2010

From the land down under comes the musical comedy with a heart. Pricilla tells the tale of three friends and a road trip to the middle of nowhere. Except in October, "nowhere" is in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Sound Designers Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald team up to bring Pricilla to life using Meyer Mica and M'elody curvilinear arrays, and a state of the art Midas XL-8 digital console. Stay tuned to this space for more breaking news from Toronto!

UNCHAIN MY HEART - THE RAY CHARLES MUSICAL 8/12/10

Starting the season off is the sound of timeless musical icon Ray Charles. Unchain My Heart got its start in 2009 at the Pasadena Playhouse with critical acclaim, and Broadway buzz is building! Sound Designer Carl Casella will be using Meyer M'elody curvilinear arrays, and Meyer CQ-1's and 2's in the 1058-seat Ethel Barrymore Theatre. A1 Ty Lackey will be in full control mixing a Digico SD-8 console.

9 to 5 THE MUSICAL 7/12/10

Sound Designer Steve Canyon Kennedy and Associate Walter Trarbach step in to help these ladies make the workday sing in the national tour of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5. Steve is deploying a mix of Meyer Mica, L'Acoustic D-VDOSC, and EAW boxes touring with a Cadac J type console with moving fader automation. 9 to 5 starts in Nashville's TPAC in September.

TWIST 6/11/10

Sound Designer Peter Fitzgerald teams up with Director Debbie Allen to bring the world of Dickens' Oliver Twist to 1920's Jazz age New Orleans, in the Alliance Theatre's World Premier new musical TWIST. Audiences will not have to ask for "more" with the jazz being served up by Meyer Mica and MSL-2 arrays. A1 Valerie Spradling will be mixing the Sennhieser wireless mics on a Digico D-5-T12 console. Atlanta may never be the same!

LEAP OF FAITH 6/11/10

Sound Designer John Shivers and Associate Dave Patridge will be providing the audible enjoyment in the CTG's Ahmanson Theatre with Alan Menken's Leap of Faith. A mix of Meyer and L'Acoustic loudspeakers and a Yamaha PM-1D are on tap for this gospel flavored musical comedy.

BLUEMAN GROUP NATIONAL TOUR 6/11/10

Those wild blue painted percussionists are back for their first ever National tour. Sound Designer Matt Koenig is taking the Blue Men on the road with a Digidesign Profile console, and a speaker system from D & B Audiotechnik, traveling in custom Sound Associates speaker towers.

BURN THE FLOOR 6/11/10

Direct from the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, the floors will be burning up across the western hemisphere. BURN THE FLOOR begins its international tour in Portland, Oregon with sound designer Peter Fitzgerald re-creating his signature Broadway dynamic sound with a Yamaha PM5D and Meyer CQ1's. Specially designed sound towers provide maximum floor space for the dancers and live percussion.

TONY AWARD WINNERS 6/11/10

Congratulations to all the Tony Award Winners.
Sound Design for a Musical: Rob Kaplowitz FELA
Sound Design for a Play: Adam Cork RED

We were very pleased to be able to provide the sound systems for both award winning designers. Good luck in the future.

THE MIRACLE WORKER 2/15/10

Circle In The Square is a challenge for every show with its horseshoe seating and stage entrances through vomitories on either end but THE MIRACLE WORKER does miracles with flying props and pop-up scenery pieces. Sound Designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen are up to the task finely tuning overhead microphones for delicate voice reinforcement to the 600 patrons. QLab is the playback of choice for original music and effects created by the sound design team. Twenty Meyer UPA, UPJ and USW mains surround the stage with EAW and Martin boxes carrying the sound to the outer reaches. Jim Bay mixes the rig from a control room on a Yamaha DM2000. Carl Tramon recorded and synchronized the ShowTrans, I-Caption, and D-Sciptive systems designed by Sound Associates VP Engineering Mark Annunziato, for patrons with special needs.