Billy taps in New York under Selecon lights!

04 October 2008,

billy_elliot_webThe previews are underway at the Imperial Theater on Broadway for Billy Elliot the Musical so New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple are finally able to experience the funny, feel-good celebration of a young boy’s dreams to be a dancer in a man’s world of hard hats, football boots & boxing gloves during the Miners’ Strike (1984) in the United Kingdom.

Rick Fisher designed the lighting for the original West End production which took London by storm three and a half years ago, and he has since traveled to Australia for the recent Sydney season and now he’s in New York!

rick_fisher_webOriginally from Pennsylvania, Rick has been working in British theatre for over twenty years and is currently Chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers. Recent theatre credits include: Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace), The Philanthropist, Old Times (Donmar); Jerry Springer The Opera (National Theatre / West End); Hamlet (Edinburgh International Festival / Barcelona / Birmingham); Honour (National Theatre) and Red Demon and Peribanez (Young Vic).

Selecon’s Pacific 45-75 Zoomspot fitted with an MSR arc light source and dowser dimming accessory were part of the lighting rig in Sydney and Rick has continued using them at the Imperial Theater. The 45-75 range offers Rick a simple solution ‘single source’ tool which delivers the clarity and incisiveness of an ellipsoidal with a beam wider than a Fresnel or PC; perfect for providing the strength and drama required to match Billy’s heartwarming tale intertwined with the miners’ struggle to keep their community and livelihoods.

Aureol BeamSpots from Selecon’s architectural range also form part of Rick’s design and at times only these or the Pacific 45-75 Zoomspots provide the only lighting on stage.

Billy Elliot The Musical
show photographer: Tristram Kenton
Portrait photographer: Ken Howard