FIRST LOOK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR
(20 January, 2020) – Today, BASE Hologram and the Estate of Whitney E. Houston give fans all over the world the first sneak peek behind the scenes of ‘An Evening With Whitney’ – the eagerly anticipated Whitney Houston hologram tour. Coinciding with news of Whitney’s induction into the illustrious Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the tour is a celebration of Houston’s music, transcendent impact and influence.
Presented through state-of-the-art proprietary holographic technology and combined with unmatched Broadway theatrical stagecraft, a live band, back-up singers and dancers set to digitally remastered arrangements of her classic songs, the production will be helmed by acclaimed choreographer Fatima Robinson (“Dreamgirls,” “The Academy Awards”). Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment,” Robinson is known for her work choreographing massive events and directing multiple award-winning music videos working with such names as Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige.
More than just a groundbreaking technological experience, the tour will be enhanced by live dancers accompanying Houston’s hologram with new choreography. In this first look behind the scenes, hundreds turned up to dance auditions in Los Angeles held by acclaimed director and choreographer Fatima Robinson alongside collaborative partner Adrian Wiltshire. The BTS video provides a first look at dance auditions, exclusively previewing what die-hard Whitney fans can expect when the tour commences.
Whitney’s timeless 1987 hit ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ beams as the footage’s soundtrack as Fatima and Adrian run through the choreography that will accompany the digitized icon on stage. True to Whitney’s essence as performer who boasted a combination of technical precision, soul and personality, Adrian highlighted the need for dancers to have a healthy balance of all three to do the show and her iconic hits justice.
Robinson, who famously worked with the incomparable legend on set of the ‘I’m Every Woman’ video, confesses she wanted to get involved with the production as a chance to curate a singular experience where fans across the globe can once again bask in the presence and spirit of Whitney’s once in a lifetime talent.
Fatima says: “There is only one Whitney. No one will ever have that voice. Her music touched every generation. We’re going to take some movie magic and add it into our live performance. It’s going to be incredible.”
‘An Evening With Whitney Houston’ is produced by BASE Hologram, the leading live event producer of cutting edge holographic live entertainment tours and attractions worldwide, in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston.
Kicking off in Sheffield, the twelve date UK & IRL tour will also expand throughout the globe with stops planned across Europe and in Mexico and North America. The show will include all of the singer’s iconic hits including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”
“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, Chairman & CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic. When she performed there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it – that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”
“A hologram show is all about the imagination and creating a “wow factor” that extends to an incredible experience to enjoy for years to come,” said Pat Houston, Whitney’s former Manager and President and CEO of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston. “Whitney is not with us but her music will live with us forever. We know we made the right decision partnering with BASE because they understand how important it is to produce a phenomenal hologram. They also know that engaging her fans with an authentic Whitney experience would resonate worldwide because of the iconic status that she created over three decades. Her fans deserve nothing less because she gave nothing less than her best.”
The only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 Album Charts at #1 and the only artist with eight consecutive multi-platinum albums, Whitney Houston redefined what it meant to be an iconic superstar. Certified by The Guinness World Records as “the most awarded female artist of all time” with over 400 awards including 6 GRAMMYS, 22 American Music Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, two Emmy nominations and one win, Houston also had success on the big screen with starring roles in “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting To Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”
“Whitney was a musical trail-blazer and I’m extremely honored to have this opportunity to help craft this show in her honor,” said director and choreographer Fatima Robinson. “I always enjoyed watching this magnificent woman and voice on stage and to be able to play a role in recreating that and helping others have those same emotions and experience is special.”
“There is a reason why it is so hard to cover a Whitney Houston track, she really was one-of-a-kind,” said Marty Tudor, BASE Hologram CEO of Production. “What we are doing with this tour is to celebrate her incredible life and to do that we have to get every detail right. It would be a disservice to her, her family and her fans if we weren’t anything other 100% authentic. We are privileged to have been entrusted with this responsibility and hope audiences are able to come, enjoy and get lost in the music of the industry’s most talented performers.”
An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour will join BASE Hologram’s current touring shows “Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour” and “Callas in Concert.”
Tickets on sale now. To purchase tickets or to find more information, please visit ticketline.co.uk or the venues direct.
Tickets priced £45 – £70
AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR DATES:
Tuesday, 25 February, Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
Thursday, 27 February, Liverpool, UK @ M&S Bank Arena
Friday, 28 February, Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
Saturday, 29 February, Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
Sunday, 01 March, Glasgow, UK @ SEC Armadillo (Clyde Auditorium)
Tuesday, 03 March, Dublin, IE @ Bord Gais Theatre
Wednesday, 04 March, Birmingham, UK @ Arena Birmingham
Thursday, 05 March, Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre
Friday, 06 March, Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
Saturday, 07 March, Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
Monday, 09 March, Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Centre
Tuesday, 10 March, London, UK @ Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
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