Kevin Hart came home to Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Stadium to film his stand-up comedy movie, Kevin Hart: What Now? This performance put him in the record books as the first comedian to ever sell out an entire stadium by himself. As the tour designers, we needed to transition the arena version of his stand-up into an immersive audience experience for the stadium which would close out the tour. Our team designed and created an elaborate rigging plan to support a perimeter of audience backlights. We also handled all graphic and video content design in addition to serving as lighting and technical coordinators. The stadium broadcast was estimated to have 50,000 people watching. This was a tremendous production and our team was honored to journey thru that process highlighting and accentuating Hart’s humor. The movie was released nationwide in October 2016.
Our challenge was to capture of the close out of the 2016 tour with a concert on historic Wrigley Field. With our longtime collaborator and friend, Kille Knobel, who served as lighting designer for this tour, we came in to provide production design. The overall look and feel of the design was sophisticated but natural and approachable fitting the band’s style. The primary scenic piece was an articulated scrap-metal bird which could be raised, lowered and angled on a TAIT-developed hoist that when combined with other visual elements gave a vintage vibe to the design. The band was touring both the US and Canada doing arena, festival and stadium shows to sold-out crowds. The DVD has yet to be released.
We were brought onboard to design, create, and construct the set and lighting elements. The show presented unique opportunities due to the broadcast happening from the rooftop Coronado Terrace of the Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego. Blazing July sun and outdoor conditions had to be considered when designing and creating all the set elements which needed to look as good in person as they did in broadcast.