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Wednesday June 20, 2018

Broadway’s Musicals Explore New Video Technology

As the shows from the recent Broadway season have been exploring new ideas in performance and theatrics, they have also been investing in new multimedia and  video technology like never before.  According to an article in Reuters, musicals such as  "Sondheim on Sondheim" use "sophisticated swirling computer screens that flash thousands of still and moving images," while other shows such as "Fela!" and "American Idiot"  broadcast video projections on stage that are integral to their stories.

This new technology, however, does not come cheap, as in "Sondheim" where the computer system that runs the screens on stage costs close to a million dollars.  In  "American Idiot"'s three video projectors and 43 LCD screens approached a similar price. 

Reuters

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