Posts Tagged ‘9 to 5 the Musical’

Illum back on the “9 to 5” schedule

Friday, June 21st, 2013

As the old saying goes, “life imitates art”, Illum relived past artistic endeavors this past winter season by agreeing to create motion graphics for 9 to 5, the musical, for the Players Theatre.  Our Creative Director, Jerry is friends & neighbors with the Artistic Director of the Player’s Theatre, Jeffery Kin.  Jeffery knowing that Illum had created the Snow White Day Dream sequence for the Broadway show, asked Jerry if he would consider repeating that for the Player’s show.

Jerry states, “I agreed because I know that community theatre doesn’t get to explore the same type of artistic license that a larger Broadway theatre can.”  Upon our first pre-production meeting with the crew & director Jared Walker, Jerry quickly realized that the show was in greater need than just the Snow White sequence.  “I felt that the 2d animation was going to stick out like a sore thumb against the remainder of the show which was simply going to be still photographs.  The show needed an infusion of motion graphics throughout in order for the show to flow seamlessly & with a stronger emphasis on continuity so I decided that we were going to design the whole show’s backdrop in collaboration with Ken Mooney who was the set designer.” Jerry said. players9to5

Illum repurposed the animation for the day dream sequence along with creating 30+ other animated scenic graphics.  Due to the amount of complexity of the scenes along with the lighting scenarios created by Mike Wood, Qlab was brought in to sync & run the show’s audio, visuals & lighting to secure the show running smoothly.   The show ran, at Players, www.theplayers.org, for a few weeks in February with some additional shows added to the request of Sarasota’s community.

The Boys in the Big Apple

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Joe Merideth, animation director & I toyed with going to New York to see our animation in the Broadway musical, 9 to 5.  Conflicting schedules, costs, ho hum, etc.  Then I received an email from Andrew Bauer, Peter Nigrini’s right hand man, who asked, “Hey I have some tickets, would you like to come see the show?”  “Well yes we would!” I replied & a couple of phone calls later, we were planning a trip to the Big Apple to see our work on a Broadway stage.

Sadly Michelle could not join us but Jada, Joe’s wife accompanied us & we had a great time.  Met up with Peter & Andrew for drinks & discussion about the show & the technical aspects of how our work was interlaced with the live action sets, orchestra & actors.  Then we walked over to the Marquis Theatre & met many of the production staff who gave us great compliments on our work.

The show was real funny, had some great numbers & I tell you if you close your eyes & just listened to Megan Hilty’s version of Dolly Parton, you would think Dolly herself was on stage.  Allison Janney owned her part & Stephanie Block made the naive divorcee cliché stand on its end.  Marc Kudisch was so much like Mr. Hart that the audience could feel women’s lib flying out the window.  The best, in my opinion was Roz’s solo act.  If you get a chance to be in New York, check out the show.