How did one of the edgiest lighting designers on the planet come to light a Broadway musical about a yellow square sponge? Well, that's show business! Kevin Adams, once known for his use of everything from A-lamps to neon stripes, has helped transform SpongeBob SquarePants, the animated Nickelodeon kid's show into a hit, one that garnered 12 Tony Award nominations this year, including one for Adams' lighting, as well as for the sets and costumes by David Zinn, and sound by Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, not to mention Best Musical, Best Direction, and more. Live Design chats with Adams about his lighting, which entails a major use of LED. No surprise from Adams on that account—why be conventional if you don't have to? Browse through Adams' light plots here.
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