Previews just began last week for The Last Breakfast Club, directed by Bradley Bredeweg. This show provided a few interesting challenges. It explores a lot of contemporary topics using characters from several iconic 80’s films, updating the setting to a post-nuclear-apocalypse wasteland. Opening is next week and I look forward to seeing what critics have to say. Portfolio images are available here.
Yesterday I had the honor of lighting Tony award-winner Chita Rivera at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Her usual lighting designer was unavailable so I was asked to step in and was tasked with recreating the feel she expected despite having never seen the show, which she’s been performing for over a decade. I also had the privilege of lighting her surprise guest, Dick Van Dyke. Unfortunately, because of the one day nature of the show, I was unable to get any pictures!
Last week I returned to Rockwell Table & Stage to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Working once again with director Tye Blue, I continued refining the repertory plot I created for the space. StageSceneLA said, “Eric Larson scores high marks for his flashy lighting design”. Portfolio photos are available here.
Last week I opened The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone at Rockwell Table & Stage. This is the second show I’ve designed with them, and they’ve asked me to return and design their parody of Mean Girls in the new year. It’s always a fun group to work with.
Memphis just closed it’s nearly sold-out run at Musical Theatre West. It was a very successful and well-reviewed production, and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Portfolio and review excerpts are available here.
Next up is The Nutcracker with Inland Pacific Ballet. We’re performing at three venues east of LA.
This weekend I opened Memphis with Musical Theatre West. A few press shots are below, and I’ll upload a full album when I have more.
Early reviews are very good — Stage Scene LA said “Eric Larson’s striking lighting…give[s] MTW’s Memphis as thoroughly professional a look as any theatergoer could wish for”, and Broadway World praised “Eric Larson’s superb lighting”.
The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus just opened this past weekend at Rockwell Table & Stage. Click here to view the full portfolio.
Rockwell has asked me to return in December to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone and in January to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Hunger Games.
For my first design in Los Angeles, I’ve just been asked to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz. They have also asked me to redesign the room’s repertory light plot, which had become a hodgepodge over the last few years and was in need of an overhaul.
I’ve also signed on to design Memphis for Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, and The Nutcracker for Inland Pacific Ballet, performing at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, the Fox Theater in Riverside and Bridges Auditorium in Claremont.
I’m looking forward to all of these designs!
I just got back from New York, where I had a great week designing South by South Death: A Slasher Musical at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s always wonderful to work with one of my favorite directors, Kevin Laibson, and it was great to work with the duo that created the show, Jared Saltiel and Toby Singer. I look forward to our next collaboration.
I’m excited to report that I’ll be in New York City at the end of August to design the premiere of South by South Death: A Slasher Musical at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. I’m excited to join this team. The show is written by Toby Singer and Jared Saltiel and directed by Kevin Laibson. Performances start Friday, August 26th.