What Do Broadway’s Best Lighting Designers Actually Do?

I missed this article in Forbes when it was first published last fall, but it’s a great overview of a stage lighting designer’s role as told by some of today’s leading designers.

Osram Discontinues and Recalls Large PAR Lamps

Osram Sylvania has announced that they are discontinuing the manufacture of large PAR lamps (i.e. PAR46, PAR56 and PAR64).  They have also announced a voluntary recall of all large PAR lamps manufactured since November 2016.

According to Mark DeLorenzo, Entertainment Business Unit Manager at Osram, previous to November 2016 all large PARS were made in the USA, but that factory is closed and the equipment no longer exists.  Their only manufacturing facility for these lamps is in China, and they have had such terrible quality control issues that they don’t see an alternative but to cease manufacturing.  

GE is no longer making these lamps, either.  I don’t see them on the Philips web site, although I do see off brands available at some online retailers but a quick search finds no 1000W PAR64s.  So, we’re coming up on the end of an era.  The inexpensive and sturdy PAR is being replaced by products like the Source4 PAR and various LED units.

Congratulations Ed McCarthy!

Our own Ed McCarthy has received his third Emmy nomination!  Ed was part of the lighting team for the 71st Annual Tony Awards.  The team’s work has been nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.  Ed’s previous nominations were for lighting of the Tony Awards in 2017 and 2014.  Congratulations, Ed!

David Zinn’s SpongeBob Costumes

Our friend and classmate David Zinn designed the costumes and scenery for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”  David’s designs have been nominated for Tony Awards, and his costumes were profiled in Friday’s New York Times.  Congratulations David!