1. K. Cavanaugh K. Cavanaugh
    October 4, 2015 @ 8:39 pm

    After attending the Sunday, October 4th, performance of San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of “La Cage aux Folles,” I believe that the sound design by Kevin Anthenill is too loud during the ensemble production numbers. The over amplification of the lyrics during these intervals creates much distortion making them too piercing and thus difficult to accurately hear. As the Spreckels Theatre is also such an intimate venue, the volume relationship of the voices during the production numbers is also too bold relative to the music, which makes the live musicians performing onstage superfluous.

    Due to this voice to music imbalance, during intermission I inquired to the sound engineer of the evening’s performance as to why they were presented thusly. The engineer’s response was that “the director specifically instructed” the musical numbers to be presented in this manner.

    Rather than imparting zest and gusto to these ensemble efforts, it unfortunately made each situation seem like a dinner theater intentionally overly amplifying a performance while changing over to the dessert course in an attempt to drown out the clanging of dishes and coffee mugs. Therefore, the sound design cheapened the overall impression of this “La Cage aux Folles” production.


  2. Kraig Cavanaugh Kraig Cavanaugh
    October 4, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

    Although, a congratulations is indeed due to the San Diego Musical Theatre for not sanitizing the original “La Cage aux Folles” book to retain the overall bawdiness of the play and not sanitizing its content for conservatives nor children.


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