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The Brightest Lights on Broadway are Vari-Lite
 
Published Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Staking its claim as the preferred automated lighting product on Broadway, VARI*LITE® fixtures have been specified and placed on prominent Broadway musicals set to debut this fall. From highly anticipated Broadway debuts to national touring productions of Broadway staples to smaller off-Broadway shows, VARI*LITE luminaires abound.

"Everyone at Vari-Lite, and also our VARI*LITE dealers are dedicated to total customer satisfaction. Vari-Lite's continued focus on this goal is being well rewarded," said Vari-Lite Northeast Regional Sales Manager Craig Burross. "The prestigious stage shows with the big lighting rigs are using VARI*LITE luminaires this season, which is a noticeable endorsement of our efforts by many well recognized and highly respected lighting designers, electricians and automated lighting technicians."

In addition to welcoming a number of new shows, this fall season will also mark the debut of the VARI*LITE Series 3000™ luminaires, and in a big way. Wicked, Never Gonna Dance and Sinatra all have the powerful 1200-Watt fixtures lighting the action. In addition, the Series 1000™ Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight luminaire remains an extremely popular fixture, as do the much-in-demand Series 2000™ spot and wash units.

"I like the VL 3000 Spot luminaire because of the internal color correction (CTO). The color is just phenomenal," said Ken Posner, lighting designer of Wicked, which opened Oct. 30 at the Gershwin Theatre. "The fading, the head movement, it's just a really smooth light. And it blends well with a conventional package."

For Wicked, the Wizard of Oz prequel, Posner will use 13 VL3000™ Spot luminaires in addition to 22 VL2000™ Spot luminaires and 16 VL2000™ Wash fixtures, all provided by PRG/Fourth Phase. Additionally, the Series 3000 Spot luminaires are also prevalent in the automated lighting systems for Never Gonna Dance and Sinatra.

"One of the reasons VARI*LITE gear is so popular on Broadway and off-Broadway productions is because VARI*LITE fixtures are accessible from a variety of dealers," said Vari-Lite Vice President of Sales Bob Schacherl. "We have dealers that can include VARI*LITE fixtures in an all-inclusive package, or if the producer wants to break out the VARI*LITE bid, there are dealers that can provide the automated fixtures that way as well."

Both Never Gonna Dance (LD Paul Gallo) and Sinatra (LD Lowell Binkley) make use of VL3000 Spot luminaires. Gallo also has VL2000 Wash fixtures and also VL1000 ERS arc units with shutters. Mr. Binkley included VL2000 Wash luminaires and VL1000 ERS tungsten fixtures with shutters on Sinatra.

National touring productions hitting the road with VARI*LITE fixtures include Hairspray, which opened Sept. 17 at the Mechanic Theatre in Indianapolis, Oliver, and Oklahoma!.

Shows using VARI*LITE automated lighting fixtures include:

Oklahoma!, the tour
Lighting Designer: Ted Mather
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL2000 Spot luminaires
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: December 2003
Venue: Buell Theater, Denver, Colo.

Never Gonna Dance
Lighting Designer: Paul Gallo
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL3000 Spot luminaires, VL2000 Wash luminaires, and VL1000AS luminaires.
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Dec. 2
Venue: Broadhurst Theater, NYC

Fame
Lighting Designer: Ken Billington
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL2000 Wash luminaires
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Nov. 11
Venue: "Little" Schubert Theater, NYC

Wicked
Lighting Designer: Ken Posner
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL3000 Spot luminaires, VL2000 Wash luminaires, and VL2000 Spot luminaires.
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Oct. 30
Venue: Gershwin Theater, NYC

Henry IV
Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL2000 Wash luminaires
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Oct. 28
Venue: Lincoln Center Theater, NYC

The Boy from Oz
Lighting Designer: Don Holder
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL2000 Wash luminaires, and VL1000TS luminaires
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Oct. 16
Venue: Imperial Theater, NYC

Sinatra
Lighting Designer: Howell Binkley
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL3000 Spot luminaires, VL2000 Wash luminaires, and VL1000TS luminaires
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Oct. 14
Venue: Radio City Music Hall, NYC

Little Shop of Horrors
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL2000 Wash luminaires, VL2000 Spot luminaires, VL1000AS luminaires, and VL1000TS luminaires
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Oct. 2
Venue: Virginia Theater, NYC

Hairspray, the tour
Lighting Designer: Ken Posner
VARI*LITE fixtures: VL2000 Wash luminaires, VL2000 Spot luminaires
Equipment provider: PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: Sept. 17
Venue: Mechanic Theatre, Indianapolis, Ind.

Oliver, the tour
Lighting Designer: Jenna Kagan
Vari-Lite fixtures: VL1000TS luminaires
Equipment provider; PRG/Fourth Phase
Opening date: October 2003
Venue: Heritage Theater, Saginaw, Mich.

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