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Broadway's Chicago the Musical

Musical Tour Production

The Story

Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…

The Project

Our challenge would be to setup and light the show from the highest quality, within just 6 hours, with just two lighting electricians. We used the original Broadway conventional lighting rig with over 100 ETC s4 profiles. We developed a pre-rigged lighting system, so we were able to fully build and focus the rig in 4 hours. We re-lit all the shows for the national tour. For the performances at the Amsterdam Theatre Factory, all lighting had to be redesigned with moving lighting fixtures only.

 

Lighting Design: Ken Billington
Associate Lighting Designer: John McKernon
Lighting Design at Amsterdam Theatre Factory: Kevin van de Giesen

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