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Lighting "The End of the Rainbow"

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Lighting helped transform the hotel room into a nightclub...Broadway musicals lean towards spectacle — flashy lighting, dynamic choreography, show-stopping numbers to rouse the masses. But sometimes subtle is better, especially when it comes to a tragicomic play like End of the Rainbow, which is interspersed with musical numbers by famed singer Judy Garland, portrayed with pizzazz by Tony Award nominee Tracie Bennett. Add a comment

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Production Profile

Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Together Tour

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Sting & Paul Simon tour photo by Steve JenningsIt was conveyed to us that Sting and Paul did not want two [separate] shows — they wanted one,” states Richard Locklin, LD for Paul Simon. “We needed the show to be seamless, moving nicely from one song to another without stopping the show to move set pieces.”

Mission accomplished.

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Production Profile

Into the Night with Imagine Dragons

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Imagine Dragons tour photo by Debi MoenIt started with a scanned drawing of trees with eyes. “We want trees onstage,” said the band members of Las Vegas-based Imagine Dragons. Production designer/LD Richard “Nook” Schoenfeld of Visual Ventures Design was one of three designers approached to turn the scan into an imaginative set for the last portion of their Night Visions tour, dubbed Into the Night.

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Production Profile

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Still Thick after All These Years

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Ian Anderson, left, performing with his new band mates on TAAB2As the wild-eyed flute-wielding frontman of Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson has often presented, with a hefty dose of camp, highly theatrical musical productions, and he’s been doing in over a span of 40 years. Whether through comic absurdity, interactive props, visual spectacle or dramatic flair, Anderson and Tull rarely disappoint audiences. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Anderson has challenged himself, his band, his creative tech team and potential audiences once again by organizing his latest ambitious tour. Add a comment

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High-Flying Dragons Bring Live Visuals to New Heights

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How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular photo by Lisa TomasettiNot wanting to rest on their laurels, Global Creatures, the masterminds behind one of the highest-grossing tours of 2010, Walking with Dinosaurs, are once again amazing audiences and pushing the entertainment technology envelope. Having teamed up with DreamWorks Animation, they are now sending dragons soaring through arena skies and immersing audiences in the mythical Viking world of DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular.

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Designer Insights

Miley Cyrus 2014 Bangerz Tour

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Miley Cyrus tour photo by Steve JenningsMiley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, in support of her fourth album of the same name, is riding the momentum of the artist’s swing back from acting to music. The tour is not only showcasing Cyrus’ ability to belt out a tune, it’s completing the wrecking-ball-like annihilation of her previous child-idol Hannah Montana persona. (The artist’s twerking spectacle at the MTV VMAs in August, 2013, where Cyrus sang the Bangerz single, “We Can’t Stop,” generated 306,100 tweets per minute.) The album, featuring pop songs with country and Hip Hop influences, was released Oct. 4, and after the completion of a 39-date North American tour (Feb. 14-April 25), the tour has a 22-date run through Europe (May 2-June 15).

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Wide Angle

Brad Paisley

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Brad Paisley Virtual Reality Tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting designer and director Dean Spurlock, who has been with Brad Paisley since the early 2000s, was called upon once again to support the Southern Rock/country music crossover artist’s latest Virtual Reality tour. Add a comment

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Showtime

GrooveBoston Vitality Tour

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GrooveBoston combines large-scale production with world-class resident DJs to deliver custom-designed concert events on college campuses. This year's Vitality College Tour features a range of unique and innovative production designs, reaching 30-40 schools across the East Coast from August through May. Photo by Andrew Klokow/Pixel Perfection Nightlife.Lighting Co
East Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS)

Venue
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

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Jeremy’s Bar Mitzvah/Wiz Khalifa

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Jeremy's Bar Mitzvah with Wiz KhalifaLighting Co
Complete Production Resources

Venue
Studio 255 Parking Lot
Miami, FL

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Third Eye Blind Fall Tour

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Third Eye Blind Fall 2013 tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
4Wall Lighting

Venue
Various (tour)

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