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Little-known theater jobs: production sound supervisor

Phil Lojo has overseen the sound on shows like “The Color Purple” and “Back to the Future.”

“Back to the Future” on Broadway, 2023 and (inset) production sound supervisor Phil Lojo (Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman, and courtesy of Phil Lojo)

At the age of 17, just after graduating high school, Phil Lojo was introduced to the theater. He began working for Masque Sound & Recording, a company that has provided equipment and services related to sound in theater since 1936. Lojo started his career by preparing sound equipment for Broadway shows and touring productions.

A lover of music, Lojo had always been interested in sound. While he worked at Masque Sound by day, Lojo studied electronics at a technical school by night. One year into double-duty, Lojo met front-of-house sound engineer Kevin Keene, who talked with him about life on the road. “That sparked my interest almost immediately, and I started to do live sound gigs around New York City,” Lojo said. 

Lojo first worked on a Broadway title as an assistant audio technician for a touring production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Years later, he earned his first credit as production sound supervisor on the 2007 tour of “The Color Purple.” Currently, Lojo is a production sound supervisor for the “Back to the Future” musical at the Winter Garden Theatre. Lojo shared with Broadway News further details of his work and his favorite memory, courtesy of Elton John:

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