Billy Elliot Scoops 10 Tony Awards in 2009

18 June 2009,

Nominated for 15 Tony Awards, Billy Elliot The Musical scooped up ten of them at the 2009 ceremony; one of which was Best Lighting Design of a Musical by renowned lighting designer, Rick Fisher.

Congratulations Rick!

Selecon's Pacific 45-75 Zoomspot fitted with an MSR arc light source and dowser dimming accessory forms part of Rick's design offering a simple solution ‘single source' tool which delivers the clarity and incisiveness of an ellipsoidal with a beam wider than a Fresnel or PC.
Rick also uses Aureol BeamSpots from Selecon's display range and at times these or the Pacific 45-75 Zoomspots provide the only lighting on stage.

Billy Elliot was originally programmed in the West End using the 550i and the 520i consoles. When the show transferred to Australia, Rick Fisher and his programmer, Vic Smerdon, chose to keep the show on the 500 series because of its features and reliability. Last year the show moved to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway and again, the comfort and stability of the 500 series came through and now the show with over 150 automated luminaires is running on 2 Strand 520is; one as the Main Desk and one as the Back-up.

Banner photo: Rick Fisher (left) with Scott Church, Selecon Product Manager and Trent Suidgeest (right, a lighting design student from the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts) outside the Imperial Theatre in New York.