The theatrical design community has spent the past two weeks all abuzz over the recently announced decision by the American Theatre Wing to eliminate the TONY awards for Sound Design. On this week’s show we discuss that decision as well as the art and craft of Sound Design with the very first recipient of the TONY award for Sound Design of a Musical, Scott Lehrer. Scott discusses the importance and impact of being bestowed that honor and his reaction to the Wing’s recent announcement. Cory and Scott chat about creating intimate moments in “South Pacific” at the cavernous Vivian Beaumont theatre, and the role of sound in theatre from amplification, to aural landscapes, to musical mixing and the paradoxical nature of trying to recognize an art form that by it’s very nature, often strives for transparency. The podcast is back with a timely and opinionated episode. Enjoy!
Today’s guest is sound designer, Tony winner, and all around awesome dude Darron West. See if you can figure out how Darron manages to work on all the coolest projects…cause we can’t! He and Cory discuss ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’, ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘Kung Fu’, and an upcoming production of ‘The Tempest’ that sounds so crazy he might have made it up. Learn how companies like Actors Theatre of Louisville and SITI company have shaped his career and what it was like when he decided to sit in the director’s chair. And if that’s not enough, Darron regales us with stories of the original production of ‘Rent’ and how his Broadway debut led to partying it up with Quinten Tarentino!
The podcast has been seriously lacking in feminine charm and this week we’re rectifying that with sound designer and actual female Jill Du Boff! Jill chats about going on the road with Radiolab, how a baby that wouldn’t stop crying led to an awesome sound effect and how she is preparing the next generation of artists to think about sound design in a whole new way. Expect guest appearances from both her cat and her husband…it’s an episode for the whole family!
The hardest (and nicest!) working man in showbiz sits down to chat about his life as a sound designer. It’s Lindsay Jones! He talks about making his Broadway debut with ‘A Time to Kill’ and why he waits until the last possible moment to write music for a show. He’s got a resume as long as the 20 years he’s been designing and he was the first person to record an episode. Enjoy!