Dear Evan Hansen returns to Broadway and the West End
Dear Evan Hansen will also resume its run at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre on 26 October 2021 followed by its return to Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on December 11th 2021. Supplied by Stage Sound Services in the UK and World Stage in the US, a combination of disguise gx1, vx4, 2x4 and 4x4 solos will power projections for the show, highlighting the huge 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 by content with eight projectors and 32 monitors deployed. Display surfaces include a front projection system, a series of portals and tracking panels, flat-panel LCD monitors and the stage floor. Each piece is automated and can be tracked in real-time. When the show was initially conceived in New York, the production team previsualized the design for the show in disguise Designer.
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ANNA X at the Harold Pinter
London’s Harold Pinter theatre saw the debut of a “thrillingly directed” drama ANNA X in July 2021, with video and sound stealing the show according to critics’ reviews.
Immersed in an addictive world of front-row fashion shows, private views, and endless parties, Anna and Ariel find themselves struggling to keep up with New York’s dazzling social elite. How far will two outsiders go to construct the identities they want? And at what price?
Golden Globe Award-winner Emma Corrin (Netflix’s The Crown) and Royal Television Society’s 2019 Breakthrough star Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer, BBC) make their West End debuts in this searing tale of self-invention, 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 Theatre).
As the Guardian notes: “The story itself is a standard romantic sting but combines drama and music with such sophisticated – and stupendous – video projection techniques that it feels like a reconceived theatrical form or a mash-up of film, pop video and immersive ‘happening’.
“Video projections transform the set from moving city skylines to hotel rooms and glass-and-steel elevators at speed. Together with the graphics, it has an adrenalizing effect while hypnotizing us too, as if we are caught in an electronic fever dream.”
Two disguise solo media servers feed playback video from an Epson 15k projector and an Agile Arc360 camera into a 5m x 3.5m ROE 3.9mm LED wall.
Re-opening of Tina around the world - London 5th August
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 'n roll star. This 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 Theatre. In March 2019, the German production opened at Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, and the Dutch production opened at the Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, in February 2020 and Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in November 2020.
After a year and a half’s hiatus imposed by pandemic restrictions, Tina finally returned to stage in Utrecht in a limited capacity in June 2021 and London and Hamburg in August 2021, with Broadway planning to go ahead in October 2021. A third European production is also due to open at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid, Spain in October 2021.
The show’s narrative is set in a dream space, as Tina reflects on her life and journey to stardom. “That allowed us to really embrace this dreamscape in our video,” Projection Designer Jeff Sugg explains. “Whenever we are trying to create a place or show a location in any way, we use a lot of depth of field elements which is something that I've never done in theatre and that I've actually never seen done before, frankly. A couple of elements in the image stay clear, but everything else is blurring into this depth of field as we tie them together through smoky transitions.”
The show features an overhead array of six Panasonic RZ21k projectors with three disguise 2x4pro media servers feeding playback video into a 10m x 5m Infiled 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 the audience can see close-up shots of the performer, much like an IMAG experience during a live concert.
New Bob Marley Musical ‘Get Up Stand Up’ begins on the West End
The electrifying new production from writer Lee Hall, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, bursts into life from October 2021 at the Lyric Theatre in London, celebrating the story of Jamaica’s global superstar. A euphoric company of performers fuse with the finest reggae musicians to bring this triumphant tale of passion, political unrest and progress from Trenchtown to the West End.
Two disguise gx 2 media servers have been chosen to power video playback and Notch graphics from two Panasonic RZ31k and four RZ21k projectors on a wireless 1.2mm LED screen.