He’s a double Tony winner—for Disney’s The Lion King and Lincoln Center Theatre’s incredible revival of South Pacific: Donald Holder is currently lighting the mega-musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, which is set to open in mid-June after years of gestation, and a record number of preview performances. Holder will be in the spotlight at the 2011 BLMC, to discuss the lighting, after everyone has actually seen the show. Here’s what he has to say about the experience:

"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark continues to defy all conventional wisdom re: how a Broadway musical is typically produced ($70 million dollar budget, 145 previews and counting...).

It has been the most challenging production I've ever been a part of. The monumental scale and the unusual conceptual/ technical demands would have been more than sufficient in terms of 'new challenges.'

But as you probably have heard, we're now in the midst of creating a 'second' version of the show (with new director, choreographer, writer, sound designer) over four months after it was originally scheduled to open. There's obviously a lot to see and much to talk about when it comes to Spider-Man. I hope you'll join us at BLMC to experience it all first-hand."

-- Don Holder

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