STAGING OF SECOND LEG OF JACKSON'S WORLD 'DANGEROUS' TOUR A THRILLER PRODUCTION FOR ALL INVOLVED
SHOW TAKES FOUR DAYS TO SET UP LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Jackson, "King of Pop,"
has assembled a king-sized production for the second leg of his world "Dangerous" tour, beginning in Bangkok Aug. 24 and Aug. 25. With a crew of more than 300, each performance will require four days of around-the- clock work to maintain the precision of the split-second production schedule.
Jackson needs more than 150,000 tons of equipment to create this one-of-a-kind extravanganza. He will transport it around the world via two 747 cargo aircraft and a freighter. A total of three mammoth stages will be moved around the world at one time. Two to three separate steel structures will be standing at once in the various venues. They were built by the U.K.-based Edwin Shirley Staging and measure 270 feet wide and 90 feet deep. Construction of the gigantic platform requires 18-24 people along with 60 local stage hands hired in each city. Each stage takes four days to construct and the same time to dismantle, with crews working 24 hours a day. Two Krypton and one Argon based laser will add to the show's dazzling visuals. Designed by Scott Cunningham and Thom Krimminger of Laser Media Inc., the lasers' unit is 9 feet long and 4 feet wide and is projected through a unit weighting 500 pounds. Every Jackson move will be captured by four video cameras. Video director Kate Ferris will oversee a staff of 14 people responsible for video images, which will be projected on two Sony designed "Jumbotron" screens. These technologically advanced screens allow concert goers to see clear images even in bright sunlight. Measuring 21 feet tall and 14 feet wide, the screens weigh 6 metric tons each. An additional screen, 15 feet wide and 24 feet tall, built by Stuart Screens for Nocturn Video, will be used on the production. More than 225,000 watts are required to operate the video system. The sound system, designed by Claire Bros. Sound, is engineered by Chris Taylor and requires seven people to operate. There are approximately 180 sound cabinets and 115 separate channels for sound, producing approximately 240,000 watts of power. Nearly 1,000 lights are used during the show under the direction of Merle Mclain. The lights, designed by Pete Morse and contracted by Light & Sound Design, Vari-lites and Telescan, consume approximately 1.6 mega-watts of power. The production requires four specially designed generators to power it. They were designed and built under the supervision of John and Edmund Champion of Showpower. They provide 2.4 mega-watts of power or, according to Production Executive Benny Collins, "enough to light up a small town." Jackson will travel from the U.S. with a 170 person entourage including band, staff and crew. That number swells to more than 300 as additional crew members are retained around the world. Thirty six big-rig tractor-trailers will haul the stages and 20 more trucks will move other production equipment. The spectacle is based on an original concept by Tom Phillips. It was refined by Jackson, the show's former director/choreographer Kenny Ortega and Jackson's managers, Sandy Gallin and Jim Morey. The tour continues in Singapore Aug. 29 and 30. -0- 8/9/93 /CONTACT: Lee Solters or Courtney Barnes of the Lee Solters Company, 213-651-9300/
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