- // 2019
- // Show
- // UK, USA, Europe
The design has two dominant concepts that inform the architecture; the first is a celebration of the music with a desire to have the band as the main background to the set. This was very successful in the festival shows in summer and so we built on our experience of this. The second theme was to create a set that could evolve over the duration of the performance giving a sense of time passing.
The stage is based on a circular geometry that positions Michael at its core and radiates the band members around him.
The circular structure is divided into two halves, the rear half is a four level, stepped band riser which accommodates all 30 musicians. The front half forms a passarelle which then connects to an elongated thrust leading to a B-stage ring that continues the circular geometry of the main stage.
Above the stage is a kinetic circular screen to help describe the passage of time during the show. This starts in a low position on the downstage edge at the beginning of the show and like a sunrise, lifts and rotates to emulate the movement of the sun during the day.
Creative Director Kurt Wagner / Stufish Producer Bruce Allen, Randy Berswick Production Manager Dean Roney Musical Director Alan Chang Lighting Design Kurt Wagner Sound Design Craig Doubet Video Design & Animation Treatment Studio Staging Supplier TAIT