The cast of "Farinelli and the King" on Broadway. (Photo: Joan Marcus)
Against the din of New York traffic and the lights of Times Square, the Belasco Theatre appears to have traveled back in time. To achieve that effect, “Farinelli and the King,” which stars Mark Rylance as the 18th-century Spanish King Philippe V, is lit by candlelight spread throughout chandeliers overhead, sconces on the side and candles at the foot of the stage. But bringing a theater back in time is not easy, and involved years of candle tryouts, original receipts from the Globe Theatre and safeguards against open flame in a theater. The process of determining the lighting for “Farinelli…

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