Spring is Previewing!

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We are always excited about Spring!  The weather is fine and the new shows are opening.
It is great to see so many of the exciting new shows on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

 

Get out and see a show today!  

 

Check out our Pinterest Page for links to these shows and all things iWeiss.

 

Fall Arts Tour

Deciding that you need a vacation?  Need to organize a getaway but simply can’t make a decision?  While iWeiss doesn’t offer vacation packages exactly – we have been in the travel industry for years!  We have been diligently working all summer long to bring you a large number of new shows and touring productions beginning this Fall.  Trust us to be your guide for your very own Fall Arts Tour 2015.

OCTOBER 2 – 9:  Beginning in the tri-state area your vacation starts now!  Dames At Sea, the Off-Broadway hit from 1969 is having is Broadway debut this year at the Helen Hayes.  Catch the Saturday matinee, hop on a quick train from Penn Station, and be over to Papermill Playhouse in time for an evening performance of The Bandstand: A Heroic Story of Love.  Have your leisurely Sunday morning and still be able to catch Trip of Love, an Off-Broadway show (with a Broadway budget) happening over at Stage 42 (formerly the Little Shubert Theatre).  The score promises to be a crowd-pleaser with recognizable tunes, flying scenery, and a colorful design palette – your own psychedelic trip into the 1960s.

OCTOBER 23 – 25:  If you were a big fan of Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  take a quick trip down to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and see her sister, Abby Mueller, take on the same role in the touring production.  Plan on a Friday night or Saturday performance and still make it back in time to catch the second of two performances of Bullets Over Broadway at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.  You’ll even be home in time for your Sunday night TV show catch-up.

NOVEMBER 6 – 8:  Switch up the transportation a bit and take an inexpensive Megabus from New York to Boston.  This will give you an opportunity to visit before the season turns too cold, see the autumn leaves, and head to the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA to see Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas on tour.  Worcester is approximately an hour’s drive from Boston or just under 2hrs for a bus.

NOVEMBER 14 – 22:  It may be a full weekend but you are only a few days away from that Thanksgiving holiday!  Try to obtain a Friday evening performance of School of Rock (based on the Jack Black film of the same name) at the Winter Garden Theatre in Manhattan, Alvin and the Chipmunks is playing at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn for two performances on Saturday, and Misery at the Broadhurst Theatre. The play is based on the best-selling Stephen King novel and Academy Award winning film.  It also stars Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut.  If you think you’d also like to get out of New York City a bit early for the holiday – head to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA for the award-winning and critically acclaimed A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder before they head to the west coast for the holiday season.

Should you be heading to the west coast, catch the 20th Anniversary Riverdance tour or, if you simply need some warmer weather, treat yourself to a cruise on the Disney Wonder (traveling down the California Coast or from Florida to the Caribbean), and/or visit the American Adventure pavilion at EPCOT in Lake Buena Vista Florida.

Remember to take photos of your trip and send them our way via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; we love to see what our friends and family are up to.  Enjoy the Fall and we will be back with a Spring review before you know it!

A QUICK SOLUTION TO……WHATEVER YOU WISH!

We always are happy to hear from our good friends at the Lincoln Center Theater and this time was no exception. Like many of us do, the LCT crew was spending lots of time in the theatre (specifically in the house and audience seating areas) during technical rehearsals & load-ins/load-outs. It is necessary to keep their house seats tidy and protected during times of heavy house traffic. Both parties were able to come up with an inexpensive solution to doing just that.

60” wide Mystique Satin is a lightweight and cost effective way to prevent damage to your seating. It is also durable and fire retardant. It comes in over 150 color options on 100 yard rolls which makes this inexpensive fabric a great option. This material is also good for Austrian Curtains and other decorative draperies where adding a large volume of fabric fullness is the visual key. It is also perfect for Kabuki Drops where a lightweight fluttering reveal may be required. iWeiss has fabricated many successful items for both these applications.

Another great quality of Mystique Satin is that its full rolls can ship via UPS since the roll dimensions are a mere 63” x 8” x 8” and weigh approximately 45lbs each.

Looking for a way to section off seating areas for a more intimate production, performance, or event?  Covering the seats for this purpose offers a nice visual appeal for your venue’s guests as well.

Seat Covers

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II at Theatre for a New Audience

Opening this weekend and running through December 21st – this is a MUST SEE!

Plot Description from the NY Times:
Last seen in New York sixty years ago, Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, stages both parts of the wildly popular play that launched Christopher Marlowe’s career in the late 1580s. Theatre for A New Audience veteran John Douglas Thompson stars as Tamburlaine, the unstoppable and ferocious low-born conqueror who humbles kings and emperors, sweeping methodically across vast territories while gathering ever more strength from his driving will, his boundless self-image, and his astonishing outpouring of stunning verse. Nineteen actors play sixty roles in this magisterial yet tightly conceived epic event that chronicles Tamburlaine’s rise from upstart Scythian shepherd to ruler of Persia (Part I), and then his strangely precipitous, grief-suffused fall (Part II). Shocking and awesome, repellent and fascinating in equal measure, Marlowe’s hero is disturbingly modern.

Check out the trailer here – All Vinyl Strip Curtains by iWeiss,  Blood was not included!

 

History, Restaged

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel (formally The United Artists Theatre) in Los Angeles was looking to update its rigging system in a very fast turn around.

Richard Parks, iWeiss VP, traveled to Los Angeles with our draftsman to do a survey and drafting on site. The old j bar guide system did not have standard spacing and there were other challenges including the installation of a new projection screen.  H & H Specialties, located in California worked with the iWeiss drawings to produce the equipment while the sewing shop back East produced all of the new soft goods for the theatre.

All in all, from contract to survey to manufacturing and installation of new counterweight equipment, projection screen and drapery, the project was completed in under 3 months.

The LA Register recently ran a great article about the recent changes in Los Angeles’ downtown Broadway Theater District

Check it out here:  LA Register Article

 

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It’s Tony Season

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Congratulations to all the Tony nominees for this season.  iWeiss is thrilled to be part of yet another dynamic line-up on Broadway.  In keeping with the maintenance for 11 productions currently running, our involvement in 13 new shows, and a few in pre-production – we have been quite busy!

One of the things that we enjoy about our work best is its variety.  Stage shows are all very different and each requires its own special attention to detail – maybe not the same special attention that some stage creatives require…but you get the idea!

Helping create the atmosphere off-stage can sometimes be just as tricky as the on-stage details, and we are always up for the challenge.  This year we were able to help create the house environment for two highly anticipated revivals, Les Miserables and Cabaret.  Both these productions requested that the scene shops be an important part of ensuring the audiences feel the mood right from the beginning.  Wondering why you were feeling a looming sense of dread upon entering the theatre?  Welcome to the production industry…I mean…the production.

While all productions don’t require splashy drapery, sometimes they just need some framing around the stage and proscenium to complete the world of the play.  A few of these instances are Mothers & Sons, The Velocity of Autumn, The Glass Menagerie, and If/Then.  Often times these pieces will also mask lighting instruments, off-stage spaces, and various rigging hardware.  If you didn’t notice these draperies, then the goal was achieved.

A few other productions needed something a bit more than masking and required some of the more standard items one sees in local theatres and schools.  Among them were printed scrims like the ones used in The Bridges of Madison County or the Choir Curtain in Violet.  These items add punctuation, help set the scene, and tell the story without stealing focus.

No matter how big or small the job, iWeiss is ready.  It may be something as tiny as a last minute masking skirt in After Midnight or as grand and shiny as the drapery in Bullets Over Broadway, Casa Valentina, and Aladdin.  Of course, some shows simply have it all – like my personal favorite this year, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

We’ve also had the opportunity to become part of the rapidly growing Off-Broadway market in recent years and had the pleasure of working on a dozen or so this last year.  This is just another reason to contact iWeiss for your production today – we can help you with your budget, limited space, and lend local support at your theatre!  Keep your art alive – we are your ally.  We are iWeiss.

Written by:  Chris Layton