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The opening depicts the artist trapped in a box. Photo by Steve Jennings.
The opening depicts the artist trapped in a box. Photo by Steve Jennings.

Justin Bieber's 'Purpose' World Tour

Debi Moen with Photos by Steve Jennings
Cover Story

Cory FitzGerald Lights a 20-Truck Tour Featuring Skateboard Ramps, Trampolines and a Waterfall

Canadian singer Justin Bieber has a new Purpose. It’s the title of his new album and his world tour. It’s also the mantra he adopted to refocus on his music, apologize for his headline-making mistakes and to reinvent his image to make new waves in the world. With all that said, Justin Bieber desired “a new approach” to his third world tour.

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Suck It Up, Buttercup

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

Last month, I went to a couple different lighting conventions. The USITT show in Salt Lake City is a show that is designed to teach todays’ college students who major in theater a thing or two. It’s a place where I see all sorts of great people who now teach or demo gear for companies as opposed to running shows themselves. I get quite an education at this show because it’s not as crowded as LDI and folks have more time to teach you. The other show was the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt. For those who have never been, let’s just say it’s several times the size of LDI.

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Ellie Goulding 2016 tour photo by Steve Jennings
Ellie Goulding 2016 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Ellie Goulding 'Delirium' World Tour 2016

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Designer Insights

LIGHTING

Throughout the creative process for this tour, lighting designer and director Cate Carter wanted to explore the different facets of Ellie’s musical personality. Carter and co-designer Dan Shipton (of Black Skull Creative) were inspired by the wide range of musical styles and influences that Ellie explores both through her recorded work and live performance.

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Opening video gag with top entrance reveal. Photo by Ben Dickman
Opening video gag with top entrance reveal. Photo by Ben Dickman

Pentatonix World Tour

Kevin M. Mitchell
Wide Focus

Supporting an A Cappella Group with Lighting and Video

You can’t build the visual elements of the show around the lead singer, because, well, there are five of them. You can’t move in and out on the band because, well, there isn’t one. Clearly the five singers that make up the a cappella group Pentatonix presents a challenge, one that was embraced by a creative team that included lighting and set designer Sooner Routhier and Robert Long; Moo Creative’s editor/senior graphic artist Andy Reuter; and choreographer Lindsey Blaufarb.

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LD Joey Troup, with Vance Joy Tour.
LD Joey Troup, with Vance Joy Tour.

LD Joey Troup, with Vance Joy Tour

Debi Moen
On the Road

TOUR dates: Jan. 12 to April 1 (U.S.); April 23-30 (Australia)

THE DESIGN: “Vance Joy is a dynamic pop act, but it’s also a very intimate one. At either end of the dynamic spectrum, his music lends itself to a warm blanket of incandescence. The next step was choosing instruments to provide punch and textures to accentuate larger moments without overriding the intimate, storyteller vibe intrinsic in the show. I’m also a drummer, and I’ve found my most valuable lighting tool to be timing. I look at it as playing drums with colors.”

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Opening hootenanny dance scene. Photo by Jake DeGroot
Opening hootenanny dance scene. Photo by Jake DeGroot

Twisting the Grid for 'The Robber Bridegroom'

Bryan Reesman
Inside Theatre

Director Alex Timbers seems to have a penchant for period timepieces gone askew. He displayed this trait while directing previous productions such as Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson as well as the Tony Award-winning Peter Pan prequel, Peter Pan and the Starcatchers. He continues down this road with his latest production, the remake of the 1975 musical The Robber Bridegroom, an 18th century Southern romp inspired by a short story by Eudora Welty.

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Mills is using Chauvet Professional’s Strike 4 fixture as a wash, blinder and strobe. Photo by Todd Moffses.
Mills is using Chauvet Professional’s Strike 4 fixture as a wash, blinder and strobe. Photo by Todd Moffses.

Disturbed 'Immortalized' Tour

Bobby Boyer
Wide Focus

After a five year hiatus pretty much characterized by dead silence, heavy metal legends Disturbed returned with a roar on their Immortalized Tour. Judging from the intensity of their performance, the group must have built up a lot of stored energy over the past five years. Judging from the reaction of the crowds, so had their fans!

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