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Replacing a Colleague: Designing in Fast Forward

Call it the massacre of 2000. Jane Eyre switched off the lighting designer, Seussical tore apart the costume designer, and Lion King LA shut down the sound designer who had lulled audiences on Broadway and the West End. Whether a show is in trouble, or an insecure producer feels the need to solve a non-problem, the proposed solution too often is to fire a designer. And that creates problems not only for the artists who exit but also for those who come on the scene to replace them.

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