For one night late last month, the stretch of Broadway between Third Street and Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles, glittered just as brightly as its New York City counterpart, 2,831 miles to the east, as the City of Angels celebrated the third annual Night on Broadway Festival. The dazzling lighting display that covered the seven-block area was created by Sohail e. Najafi of Najafi Design Group, supported by a team of nine lighting directors, using an impressive rig supplied by 4Wall Entertainment Lighting interior venues, and Aspect Lighting for exterior stages.
Unlike Manhattan’s Broadway, where the focus is on traditional theatrical stage shows, the Los Angeles event celebrated the rich tradition of this historic downtown neighborhood with a music and art driven festival that took place inside most of its landmark theatres, as well as three outdoor festival stages. Najafi used 72 Chauvet's battery powered Up- Lighters - WELL - to light three key theatrical venues during the one-night festival. Half of those fixtures were deployed at the Theatre At Ace Hotel in the heart of the Broadway district. The Spanish Gothic-style 1,600-seat theatre, which was built in 1927, hosted a video art exhibition, as well as an EDM concert headlined by ambient music maven Tim Hecker.
An additional 24 WELL Fit fixtures were positioned inside the Los Angeles Theatre, where IAMSOUND Studio staged a show of music, dance, and visual art. Modelled after the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, the theatre is one of the city’s most opulent landmarks, with its lavish grand staircase, Corinthian columns, gold brocade drapes and cathedral ceilings throughout the main and upper lobbies, as well as the main theatre.
Teamwork becomes more important at the Night on Broadway festival each year, according to Najafi, who oversaw nine stage designs along with general lighting over
"When I worked my first Night on Broadway festival three years ago we drew 15,000 people. Last year it was 50,000, and this year it’s over 75,000. It makes you feel good to showcase the wonderful historic buildings in this area to so many people.”
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