Amplifying American Idiot by ProQuest


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									                                                                                                                             By Bryan Reesman
                                                                                                                                                                   | Sound Design

                                                                                                                       Sound Designer Brian Ronan and
                                                                                                                       FOH Engineer David Dignazio talk
                                                                                                                       about how they keep Broadway’s
                                   American Idiot is a punk-rock coming of age story following three
                                                                                                                       newest rock musical true to its punk
                                   suburban teens and their escape from adolescence.
                                                                                                                       rock roots.


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                                            reen Day’s pop-punk musical American Idiot is taking
                                            Broadway by storm, sonically shaking the rafters with a
                                            pumped-up cast exuding plenty of aural and physical
                                   energy. A rock opera with barely any dialogue, it tells the tale of
                                   three young suburban teens—one who goes into the Army, one
                                   who goes to the big city to pursue dreams of rock stardom (and
                                   discovers drugs) and one who stays at home with his pregnant
                                   girlfriend—and how their journeys separate them, disillusion
                                   them and make them question the choices they think they have
                                   been given in life. It’s a potent 95-minute experience filled with
                                   loud music, colorful characters, a barrage of video images on
                                   dozens of screens all over the stage and characters that traverse
                                   the space through running, dancing, climbing and even flying
                                   during one key sequence.
                                       Sound Designer Brian Ronan and FOH Engineer David                        David Dignazio, FOH Engineer for American Idiot, next to the Yamaha PM1D he uses to mix the show.

                                   Dignazio faced the tough challenge of working on a show that                personal control of what they hear. A problem can occur when
                                   required rock bombast without deafening Broadway audiences                  the band is wearing different brands of in-ears. EQ’ing can dif-
                                   unaccustomed to sonic overkill.                                             fer dramatically, and it’s hard to get a democratic consensus
                                                                                                               on what sounds right. Getting them all o
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