The Sphere showcase on Earth’s beauty


Another production announced for The Sphere in LV Image: MSG Entertainment

The demographic shall be “earthlings”.

The MSG Sphere in Las Vegas, US, has defined its redefining, anchor theatrical experience. As reported recently, the ‘Postcard From Earth’ is that show, an hour long production premiering in October. ‘Postcard’ is to run multiple times per day, 365 days per year.

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ stated that the show will “offer a unique perspective on the magnificent beauty of the Earth,” says a company release. Production is ongoing. The show will play to 10,000-seated ticket-holders. Pricing will start at $49, not including fees.

The 17,500-capacity Sphere at The Venetian Resort is a sphere-shaped music and entertainment arena being built in Paradise, Las Vegas, Nevada (US), near the Las Vegas Strip and East of the Venetian resort. It is scheduled to open in September 2023.

This is the second production announced for The Sphere, following ‘U2: UV Achtung Baby Live At The Sphere’ which opens in the Fall, likely late-September, with specific dates to be announced.

‘Postcard’ is under the ‘Sphere Experiences’ umbrella. Long-term, the company plans more adventures in the ‘Experiences’ model.

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ further stated that the production takes advantage of all The Sphere’s video and audio technologies. The MSG Entertainment Executive Chairman and head honcho, James Dolan, is confident in this venture.

Dolan said in a statement, “We are redefining the future of entertainment through Sphere. The Sphere provides a new medium for directors, artistes and brands to create experiences that cannot be seen or told anywhere else, and the Sphere Experiences are just one of the ways we will use the venue’s technologies to engage the senses and transport audiences to places both real and imagined.”

The project is a partnership of the company’s Sphere Studios creative operation that has been working on the show at The Sphere prototype in Burbank (City in California), and “acclaimed storytellers”, as the company describes.

The ‘Postcard From Earth’ was originally developed by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, who directed ‘The Whale’, starring Brendan Fraser, who won the Oscar in the title role. What Aronofsky’s role would be in the Las Vegas project is yet to be spelled out. Aronofsky is a major name in the film industry, nominated for Best Director for the ‘Black Swan’, and also as Director of ‘The Wrestler’, with Oscar-nominated performances from Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei.

The Sphere promises wildly inventive, advanced production technology. From The Sphere’s descriptions:

  • An LED display inside the main bowl that envelops the audience for fully immersive visual environment. This is said to be the highest resolution LED screen in the world;
  • A Sphere Immersive Sound system, billed as the most advanced concert audio system in the world. This system employs variety of technologies, including beamforming, which enables audio to be directed to specific locations at a volume that remains consistent – from point of origin to destination. This system allows multiple forms of content to be delivered simultaneously. People sitting in different seat sections could hear different sounds. The idea is to enable the sensation as slight as a whisper in a theatergoer’s ears; and
  • Multisensory 4D technologies, including 10,000 immersive seats with an “infrasound haptic system” that will use deep vibrations so guests can feel the rumble of thunder or a roaring motorcycle. The Sphere will also utilize environmental effects, changing temperatures, the feeling of a cool breeze and familiar scents.

These effects will be featured through The Sphere’s theatrical shows, beginning with ‘Postcard’.

Added Dolan, “The ‘Postcard from Earth’ will set a new bar for multisensory storytelling possibilities, and we look forward to having audiences experience it at The Sphere this Fall.”

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