Sunday, May 29, 2011

Spiderman on Broadway Reworked After Hiatus

The sets, lighting and flying rigs designed for the Broadway production of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark make it the most challenging production ever produced on Broadway. There are many aspects in the production that have never been attempted before.

As part of the 17th annual Broadway Lighting Master Class (BLMC) May 24-26, 2011, 8-time Tony-Award winning Lighting Designer Jules Fisher (left) led a panel discussion (right) at Sardi's Restaurant, NYC that featured the lighting and projection design for the rock musical/aerial circus Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. The panel included (from left to right) Fisher, Vivian Leone (Lighting Manager), Howard Werner (Projection Coordinator), Don Holder (Lighting Designer), and Glen Berger (Writer).

Don Holder presented an in-depth critique of his lighting for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, which all BLMC attendees saw on Wednesday, May 25, complete with post-show Q&A and stage tour. Holder was diplomatic about the controversial replacement of Julie Taymor as Director of the production because he considers Taymor to be a genius and a close personal friend. (Holder was the Lighting Designer for Taymor's Broadway smash hit "The Lion King".) The transition from what is referred to as the 1.0 to the 2.0 versions of the production was painful and demoralizing to many who had already put in an amazing amount of work. The production was basically re-staged, re-choreographed and re-written to clarify the story, make it funnier, warmer, less edgy, and more accessible.

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