Chicago Scenic’s skills were displayed in splendor at this spring’s debut of “New York Spring Spectacular”, starring the Rockettes, at Radio City Music Hall.
Shown at right is one of the drops – New York’s iconic Central Park - that CSSI’s Paints Department created. The painted drop measured nearly 79-feet wide and 42-feet high; the painted scene is surrounded first by LED wall legs and headers, and then by video mapping, extending the scene onto the theatre’s walls.
Shown in production (below) is the scrim that was part of the Grand Finale, above. When painting was complete, staff added high gloss jewels and spangles, made from reflective Mylar, to the painted scrim. Chicago Scenic’s Metals Department staff created the interior medallion, which features New York’s iconic skyscrapers, as well as the arched portal seen at the top of the photo.
Chicago Scenic’s Project Director Gary Heitz worked on the project with Radio City’s Technical Director Larry Morley and Set Designer Patrick Fahey from Eight Hands High. CSSI’s staff completed the Central Park drop last year; the rest of the project flew through the shop in under a month.