Theater shows from around the world are back, with costumes powering many awe-inspiring sets
Worldwide – Theaters around the world are opening their doors with the costume industry standard hardware-on-software platform at the heart of various productions. Here are some notable productions that have resumed their current tours or that have opened in new countries since the start of the pandemic:
Opening in July 2021, Beetlejuice was staged in Seoul, South Korea at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.
Based on the film directed by Tim Burton, Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual underworld-obsessed teenager who is determined to help Beetlejuice, a demon caught between the living and the Underworld.
The Korean production is a complete replica of the original Broadway production, except for an all-Korean cast, with Yoo Jun-Sang and Jeong Seong-Hwa sharing the title role with the entire production translated into Korean.
Much like in the original production, four gx2 costumes will power the stage design and visual effects of the show, which will include LED canvases showing projections of weird elements of the show like sandstorms.
“The disguise has kind of revolutionized the way we think about projection design by making the environment we project entirely in three dimensions,” explains Peter Nigrini, designer of the show’s projection. “I am able, to a large extent, to treat the scene like a canvas and to approach it like a painter. The sheer muscle power that the disguise possesses allows me to change so many disguise, instead of going back to the content. If I want to give this little twisted piece of molding a different color, my programmer can do it in real time.
The Broadway production will reopen in a new theater, the Marriott Marquis in spring 2022.
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations is a Tony-award-winning jukebox musical, released on Broadway in 2019. Using a combination of Brompton LED screens and gx2c media servers, the decorator Peter Nigrini captures the feeling of Detroit in the 60s and 70s in the famous Broadway show.
“We will use the disguise to change the settings of the LED processors on the fly and to re-center the spotlights so that throughout the show we are not only sending signals to the LED surface, but also adjusting the response of the LED processors. and flagging as we walk in, ”says show projection designer Peter Nigrini.
Provided by World Stage, the show will return to Broadway on October 16, 2021.
Dear Evan Hansen will also resume airing at the Noel Coward Theater in the West End on October 26, 2021, followed by its return to Broadway at the Music Box Theater on December 11, 2021. Provided by Stage Sound Services in the UK and World Stage in the US , a combination of gx1, vx4, 2×4 and 4×4 costume solos will fuel the show’s screenings, highlighting the enormous impact of social media on daily life and creating an immersive social media environment on stage for the actors.
Every surface of the performance space will be covered in content with eight projectors and 32 monitors deployed. The display surfaces include a front projection system, a series of portals and tracking panels, flat screen LCD monitors and the stage floor. Each part is automated and can be tracked in real time. When the show was originally designed in New York City, the production team previewed the design of the Designer disguise show.
London’s Harold Pinter Theater saw the debut of an “exciting” drama ANNA X in July 2021, with video and sound stealing the spotlight according to critics.
Immersed in an addicting world of fashion shows, private views and endless parties, Anna and Ariel struggle to keep up with New York’s dazzling social elite. How far will two strangers go to build the identities they want? And at what cost?
Golden Globe winner Emma Corrin (Netflix’s The Crown) and Royal Television Society 2019 breakthrough star Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer, BBC) make their West End debuts in this scorching story of invention of self, determination and deceit. Inspired by real events, ANNA X is a new play by Joseph Charlton (Brilliant Jerks, VAULT Festival), directed by Daniel Raggett (The Human Voice, Gate Theater).
As the Guardian notes: “The story itself is a standard romantic sting, but combines drama and music with video projection techniques so sophisticated – and stupendous – that it feels like a reimagined theatrical form or a mix of film, pop video and immersive happening.
“Video projections transform the entire city skyline from moving to hotel rooms and high-speed glass and steel elevators. Along with the graphics, it has an adrenalizing effect while also hypnotizing us, as if we were caught in a dream of electronic fever.
Two disguise solo media servers feed video playback from an Epson 15k projector and Agile Arc360 camera into a 3.9mm 5m x 3.5m ROE LED wall.
The Tony Award-nominated hit musical Tina is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Tina Turner and depicting her life from her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into a rock & roll star. The musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, received its world premiere in April 2018 in London, where it opened to five-star reviews and broke box office records at the Aldwych Theater. In March 2019, the German production opened at the Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, and the Dutch production opened at the Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, in February 2020 and at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway in November 2020.
After a year-and-a-half hiatus imposed by pandemic restrictions, Tina finally returned to the stage in Utrecht with limited capacity in June 2021 and in London and Hamburg in August 2021, with Broadway planning to move forward in October. 2021. A third European production is also underway and is set to open at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid, Spain, in October 2021.
The series’ narrative takes place in a dream space, as Tina reflects on her life and her journey to stardom. “It allowed us to really embrace that dreamy landscape in our video,” says projection designer Jeff Sugg. “Whenever we try to create a place or show a place in any way, we use a lot of depth of field elements, which I have never done in the theater and never have. seen doing it before, frankly. A few elements of the image remain clear, but everything else fades into that depth of field as we tie them together in smoky transitions.
The show features an aerial array of six Panasonic RZ21k projectors with three disguised 2x4pro media servers feeding playback video into a 10m x 5m infiltrated 7mm LED screen at the back of the stage. A live camera segment is also included during Tina’s concert at the end of the show so that the audience can see close-ups of the artist, much like an IMAG experience during a live concert.
Writer Lee Hall’s electrifying new production, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley musical came to life in October 2021 at the Lyric Theater in London, celebrating the story of Jamaica’s world superstar. A euphoric company of performers merges with the best reggae musicians to bring this triumphant story of passion, political turmoil and progress from Trenchtown to the West End.
Two Disguise gx 2 media servers were chosen to power video playback and Notch graphics from two Panasonic RZ31k and four RZ21k projectors on a 1.2mm wireless LED display.
The highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, debuted in London’s West End at the Royal Drury Lane Theater, following its massive Broadway success. Award-winning video design team FRAY Studio was tasked with presenting the theatrical world of producing snow, ice and northern lights for the stage.
The team had developed a technique to make the landscape look like stone or wood under normal theater lighting, and then magically transform into ice when a series of bespoke LED screens surface beneath the stage.
Six Disguise gx 2 servers were used to deliver stunning real-time Notch graphics for the show, designed by FRAY. The powerful graphics processing of the machines allowed the team to fill the content blocks with additional detail, ranking and level of finish that they could fine tune to perfection. “By using the gx 2, we didn’t have to limit the art of performing,” says FRAY co-founder Adam Young.
The weaving throughout the show, across the 12m x 9m LED backdrop, is one of the production’s most breathtaking effects: an ever-changing, immensely complex rendering entirely live of the Northern Lights. Night after night, the Aurora is unique and never repeats itself because it is not in a loop. Rather, it’s generated live using the Notch graphics engine, meaning no audience will ever experience the exact same show.
“The basic strength of ability and efficiency with which the disguise can handle the huge group of instructions I give it at all times is amazing. disguise can effectively turn my words into light on stage, ”says Peter Nigrini, projection designer for Beetlejuice, Ain’t Too Proud and Dear Evan Hansen.
photos: Matthew Murphy and Jeff Sugg