With a career spanning 30 years of lighting for theater, rock shows, television, film and almost any other medium you can imagine, Mike Baldassari possesses an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the diversity of his work. A Tony and Emmy Award nominated lighting designer, Mike easily shifts from concerts, like Phishs Madison Square Garden New Years Eve show, and Neil Young and Alice in Chains tours, to high-profile Broadway shows, like Cabaret and Holler If Ya Hear Me, to national tours, such as Monty Pythons Spam-A-Lot, to television design work for Saturday Night Live, Mary J. Blige Live from Club Nokia and many more. For Mike, variety is a big part of the fuel that keeps the work fresh and fun.
'Ghostbusters' Calls In LD Mike Baldassari for Heavy Metal Concert Scene
An articlFor the reboot version of Ghostbusters, which opened on July 15, 2016, director Paul Feig brought together a new team of Ghostbusters in Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. As ghosts and slime threaten to take over the city, they fight it with comic, and at times, chaotic efforts. When the team get their first call to capture an actual ghost it is at a heavy metal concert. For this key scene, the film’s director of photography, Robert Yeoman, ASC and gaffer John Vecchio knew they wanted a concert LD involved but needed someone that could mix the concert lighting with their film lighting. They called on LD Mikel Baldassari, who has lit sequences for movies including Rock of Ages, Nine and Sex and the City 2.
New York Master Classes for Lighting lecture
Lighting designer Mike Baldassari has built a uniquely successful career working across many disciplines; Broadway, film, television, concerts, corporate and every combination thereof. In this session from the 2015 New York Master Classes for Lighting + Projection, find out what tools and qualities it takes to diversify and expand your opportunities, especially in an evermore, interconnected entertainment environment. Read more about Baldassari and his career in Jack Outside The Box. Video production of the NYMC session is by Jerry Murphy.
Jack Outside The Box
Lighting designer Mike Baldassari likes to keep things interesting, lighting Broadway one week and Saturday Night Live the next. He moves from one genre—theatre, film, television, concert—to the next with the confidence and flexibility the entertainment design industry demands. While Baldassari claims he epitomizes the classic “jack of all trades, master of none,” his Tony and Emmy Award nominations suggest otherwise.
Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Previews 'My Life II' at 'American Express Unstaged' Concert
Mary J. Blige reigned supreme at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Thursday in the seventh installment of the "American Express Unstaged" music series in partnership with VEVO and YouTube.
A Return to Neil Young’s Stage, directed by Jonathan Demme
As concert documentaries go, both Neil Young HEART OF GOLD (2006) and the new NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW are luxury goods. Beautifully lighted and meticulously recorded, they look and sound like several million bucks.
The lavish musical Nine, photographed by Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS, pays homage to Fellini’s landmark film 8 1/2.
Kid Rock: Yo Gabba Gabba! Live Offers A Different Spin On Family Shows
It's party time. Yo Gabba Gabba! is the latest Michael Cohl venture that looks like a winner.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live. there's a Party in My City, the first live U.S. touring show for the popular Nick Jr. TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba!," is going to be a bit, as well as perhaps the newest staple in the profitable family entertainment genre.
Vintage Neil Young, Still Working for the Muse
From: The New York Times, by Jon Pareles
"The solo set is something like the solo tour he did in 1992 for “Harvest Moon.” He brought back that tour’s lighting designers and has his old Univox electric organ, with angel wings, that can be lowered to the stage from overhead. The set lists are built from “Chrome Dreams II,” a few of Mr. Young’s best-known songs and many rarities. Among them are “Bad Fog of Loneliness,” a song cut from “Harvest”.
NEIL YOUNG: Chrome Dreams II -European Tour
The three-act, three-to-four-hour Chrome Dreams II show, which toured in the US last autumn, passed through some of the Old World's most venerable theatres this spring like a carnival saturated in its creator's four-decade-long musical history-making. Better to burn out than to fade away, indeed.
Neil Young rocking in a postmodern world
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When Neil Young's Chrome Dreams Tour stopped in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday for the first of two nights at the Nokia Theatre, the stage was speckled with vintage gear.
NEIL YOUNG: Long May He Run. Concert Review from the LA Times
The veteran performer takes a Nokia crowd on an acoustic journey, then turns up the volume.
By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 1, 2007
From LIVE DESIGN: Projection Toolbox: Projections Unchained (with Pictures)
Article by the excellent Projection Designer/Writer Zachary G. Borovay about the Fall 2006 Alice in Chains tour. One of the first to use the DL-2 Projector.
From LIVE DESIGN Magazine: What I'm Using Now
There is a tiny bit of gear that has been in my briefcase for almost two years now. It has nothing to do with lighting design, but it's become absolutely essential.
From PLSN: ETC Eos Gets Lucky with 13
LOS ANGELES — When Mike Baldassari took on the new musical 13 at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum in December, he collaborated with a director he had never worked with before, a programmer he had never met before, on the world premiere of a show he had never seen, in a venue he had never worked at, with a new lighting control console he had never used.
Mike's quotes in the NY Times ON LANGUAGE Column
ON LANGUAGE; Plugged In To Broadway

Break a leg, knock 'em in the aisles, stage-door Johnny, stage mother, stage-struck, twofer, understudy. . .much of the language of the theater has become the language of the street. But not all of it, and as the curtain raises on a new Broadway season -- check out today's Arts & Leisure section for previews -- it's a good chance to consider some of the most enlightening theatrical terms.
the playwright's all-consuming mood and spell, though enhanced by the evocative design of Joe Vanek and lighting by Mike Baldassari,
NY Times review of BABYLON GARDENS
Review/Theater; A Play, Its City and Its Setting, All Defined by the Color Gray
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New York Times review of JEWTOPIA
The Art of Pursuing Jewish Girls, for Dummies

Published: October 22, 2004

In a word: oy!
NY Times review of Encores' TENDERLOIN
THEATER REVIEW; Ah! The Delicious Defeat Of Moral Righteousness

Published: March 25, 2000, Saturday

Broadway loves those old nemeses, virtue and vice, and in ''Tenderloin,'' the musical by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that is the latest entry in the Encores! revival series,
Talkin' Broadway -review of NERDS://A Musical Software Satire
By Tim Dunleavy
NERDS: Philadelphia Inquirer review
Exuberant 'Nerds' casts a web of digital delight
By Howard Shapiro
Inquirer Staff Write
Centerstage Chicago review of ONE ARM
One Arm
The stage adaptation of a never produced Tennessee Williams screenplay.
Sunday Dec 19, 2004 by Jenn Q. Goddu
High End Systems -WHAT THE PROS SAY -Vol. 5
What Pros Say: Mike Baldassari, Marty Postma
Vol. 5 in our video series about the digital lighting revolution
HES interviewed Mike Baldassari and Marty Postma in the heart of Times Square in NYC.
Live Design Magazine Article about: BLAST II, M.I.X.
After Conquering The Globe With Blast!, An Impressive New Sequel, Blast II, Is Setting Japanese Stages Afire With Designs By Mike Baldassari, Michael Clarke, And Patrick Fahey.
4 Wall Lighting Company
4 Wall Lighting Testimonials
Rosco Signature Series Gobos
The Spectrumgobo Signature Series™ are patterns designed by some of the leading lighting designers in the music industry.
Mike Baldassari Broadway Credits
The Internet Broadway Database listing of Mike Baldassari's lighting design credits.
Live Design Magazine article about: SPIDERMAN Live!
Does Whatever a Spider Can
May 1, 2003 12:00 PM, David Johnso
The Philadelphia Theatre Company will present the premiere of Nerds://A Musical Software Satire for 36 performances only at 1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia.
IMDB - Garth Live
Full Cast and Crew for Garth Live from Central Park (1997)
Lortel Archives
The Internet Off-Broadway Database :: Mike Baldassari
Yahoo TV
Shake, Rattle & Roll Show Description, Cast & Crew
Obscure Videos: The Donmar Cabaret
by Ken Mandelbaum
LA Weekly Theater Review for "13"
Theater Reviews
Including ..., 13 and this week's pick,
By L.A. Weekly Theater Critics
Variety Review of "13"
(Mark Taper Forum; 741 seats; $65 top)
Talkin' Broadway review of "13"
Los Angeles
by Sharon Perlmutter
CurtainUP review of BARE
A CurtainUp Review

Bare, a Pop Opera
By Jenny Sandman
Live Design Magazine article about TELEVISION CITY
TV dinners: LD Mike Baldassari prepares a light menu for Manhattan's Television City
Sep 1, 1997 12:00 PM, Robert Cashill
LEDs Magazine article about "BEAUTY & THE BEAST"
Lagotronics provides "wireless" LEDs for stage show
8 Dec 2005
Lagotronics has used wireless DMX to control LED lighting and special effects in the stage set of Beauty and the Beast article about NERDS
Apples & Windows: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Are Nerds in New Musical
By Kenneth Jones
15 Dec 2006
ONE ARM -Chicago's About Face Theatre and Steppenwolf
Dramatically Different

By Tennessee Williams
Adapted and Directed for the stage by Moises Kaufman
New York Magazine review of CABARET
Sweet and Sour
Dancing despite the Nazis, the tawdry chorines of "Cabaret" provide a bracing alternative to "The Sound of Music"'s sugarcoated Trapps.
By John Simon
The New York Times review of SAVION -Downtown
DANCE REVIEW; Footwork That Digs To the Heart Of the Music

Published: April 26, 1999
CurtainUP review of CABARET after 1000 performances
A CurtainUp Review