Stage Technologies has supplied the automation control equipment for the West End production Sinatra at the London Palladium. This new production mixes live performance with audio, video, and automation to create a multimedia show that uses previously unseen footage of the legendary Frank Sinatra.
Accompanied on stage by dancers, singers, and a 24-piece live band, Sinatra's image is projected onto multiple moving screens and other white surfaces. Stage Technologies' rental department supplied equipment to automate a large number of moving scenic elements including moving projection screens, an aircraft wing that lowers onto the stage to become a platform for the dancers, a microphone stand and classic jukebox that appear through a stage trap, and a large stage truck that moves downstage carrying the live band.
The show uses a total of 20 BigTow winches and a mixture of MaxisMX and MaxisID systems, controlled from an Acrobat console. With only two weeks to install the complete automation system before the technical rehearsals, Stage Technologies worked with Unusual Rigging to resolve a number of complicated engineering challenges.