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December 2009
Sound Associates to Expand Assistive Listening Services at Finian's Rainbow.


The Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow, currently playing at the St. James Theater in New York City will become the newest Broadway offering to include I-Caption®, D-Scriptive™ and ShowTrans®.

In its first Broadway production in decades, the producers have recaptured the blend of romantic fantasy and social commentary that has become synonymous with the show. The classic score by E.Y. Harburg and Burton Lane is a veritable treasure trove of gems, including: "How Are Things in Glocca Morra", "Look To the Rainbow", and the timeless, "Old Devil Moon". And now with the additional services, this new production of Finian's Rainbow has become accessible to an even wider array of theater-goers.

Geared to theater patrons whose primary language is not English, ShowTrans® (available at all performances as of December 15, 2009) offers commentary of the dialogue and action in a multitude of languages, strategically placed throughout the show. Finian's Rainbow will be offering French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Click here for more information on ShowTrans®.

I-Caption® uses automated technology to provide deaf theater patrons with a running caption of the performance including dialogue, lyrics and notable sound effects. Using a portable hand-held device, the captions are synced to the production lighting cues giving the user accuracy similar to real-time caption, yet available at every performance. Click here for more information on I-Caption®.

D-Scriptive™, the automated system for audio description, is a running commentary of the physical production: sets, costumes, and stage directions to assist the visually impaired person in achieving the full intent of the production. Using a wireless RF receiver, audience members are given access to the audio description while retaining the audio portion of the performance. Click here for more information on D-Scriptive™.

Both I-Caption® and D-Scriptive™ will be available soon

Click here for a complete list of which Broadway shows offering I-Caption®, D-Scriptive™ and ShowTrans®.