FBT Lands on 42nd Street

FBT Lands on 42nd Street

When Broadway casts need a place to rehearse, many of them turn to The New 42nd Street Studios. A state-of-the-art rehearsal studio, office and theater complex, the building has provided rehearsal space for more than 236 Broadway shows since it opened in 2000. It’s no surprise, then, that David Jensen, Director of Production, needed to be discriminating when considering speaker upgrades for eight studios this year. After a thorough search, he chose FBT’s Archon 112’s and 115’s to support the work of some of New York City’s most talented performers.

The complex, which has typically operated at a 95% occupancy rate since its opening, boasts ten floors and 80,000 square feet including large, column-free rehearsal spaces. Each studio contains an audio rack, amplifier, power mixer and speakers.

“We’ve been open for 15 years,” said Jensen, “and it was getting to a point where we needed to replace some of those audio racks and speakers. We went on a shoot out to start looking for replacements that were cost effective, but big enough to carry the rooms. Sometimes a show will have 30 or 40 performers dancing at the same time. We needed something to carry over the top of all that without killing every other room that’s in the building.”

Jensen turned to Simon Nathan, owner of Audio Production Services and long-time associate, for assistance. Nathan recommended the Archon 112’s and 115’s without reservation.

“Simon’s been very supportive of our work for a very long time, and I trust him in his recommendations implicitly,” said Jenson. “We needed a high SPL, but a quality SPL; the Archon definitely had it – the quality we were looking for at a strong price point. He definitely recommended a great box.” 

A project of The New 42nd Street, the nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, the studios, according to Jensen, have been “enormously successful.”

“The studios fit a niche within the performing community in New York City that was desperately needed. Prior to the opening of our studios, many organizations were rehearsing in spaces that were fairly dirty and unsafe, badly lit and badly air-conditioned. Now, they come to us to have clean facilities that are always highly maintained… It’s nice that we get a chance to improve the experience of our artists that work with us - from the overall environment to the sound we can provide. They’re creating an artistic product. We’re always delighted to keep that going.” 

About the New 42nd Street

Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8thAvenues. Committed to the transformational power of the arts, The New 42nd Street builds on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordinary performing arts and cultural engagement part of everyone’s life. The New 42nd Street fulfills this purpose by ensuring the ongoing vibrancy of 42nd Street’s historic theaters; maintaining and fully using the New 42nd Street Studios and The Duke on 42nd Street to support performing artists in the creation of their work; and through The New Victory Theater, New York’s premier theater for kids and families. 

New 42nd Street Studios

Dedicated to performing artists, the New 42nd Street Studios is a premier rehearsal space and performing arts complex designed to mirror the energy on the street below, and through its expansive glass walls, reveal the creative process at work. Featuring a mix use of rehearsal studios, administrative offices and a black box theater, the New 42nd Street Studios serves a vast and diverse group of nonprofit dance, theater and opera companies, as well as Broadway musicals and plays. A catalyst for new artistic works, the New 42nd Street Studios have housed more than 700 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions in their early stages. Designed by Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, the project has also received numerous design awards, including a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.


LisaMarie DeSanto 
photo credit: Alexis Buatti Ramos