Company Fuses Advanced Holographic Digital and Laser Technology with Live Theatrical Stagecraft to Create Worldwide Concert Tours and Transformative Entertainment Experiences
BASE Hologram to Bring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison and Internationally Renowned Opera Sensation Maria Callas Back to the Stage with Live Orchestras in 2018, Debuting Mesmerizing New Innovation to Live Entertainment
Robust Pipeline of Content Starring Celebrities, Icons and Fantastical Themes and Venues will be Unveiled Throughout 2018
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Los Angeles, CA (January 11, 2018) – Today, BASE Entertainment – the preeminent live entertainment company behind show stoppers such as Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Magic Mike Live, Mat Franco - Magic Reinvented Nightly, Absinthe, and The Voice: Neon Dreams – announced the launch of BASE Hologram. The ground-breaking new company will introduce a revolutionary new form of live entertainment artistry that fuses extraordinary theatrical stagecraft with innovative digital and laser technology to bring true music legends back to the global stage in a state-of-the-art hologram infused theatrical experience.
A disruptive and leading force for the past 35 years, BASE Entertainment and its management develops, produces and presents incomparable live theatrical and concert entertainment to audiences in Las Vegas and worldwide. BASE Hologram will focus on two distinct experiences – touring concerts and theater/location-based productions, one of the most aggressive and unique approaches to the field.
BASE Hologram’s debut will be a pair of shows that bring back rock legend Roy Orbison and Opera powerhouse Maria Callas to the worldwide concert stage. Selected for both their resurgence among music lovers of all kinds and their spellbinding command of more intimate venues, Orbison and Callas will perform full-length concerts worldwide, singing all new digitally remastered renditions of their biggest hits backed by live symphony orchestras. Audiences will be fully immersed in this never-before-seen type of concert event as holographic icons interact with both the musicians on stage and the audience.
“BASE Hologram will combine the substantial and still growing demand for live concerts, theatricals and spectacles with the accelerating interest in holographic film technology and new forms of augmented reality and hyper-reality,” said Brian Becker, Founder & CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram. “This is a field with vast potential that many have pioneered but never on this large of a scale. We have assembled a creative and marketing dream team across all fronts and are honored that the families of these beloved performers have entrusted us with their legacies. This is going to be a milestone moment in the live entertainment space and we are excited to present it to the public where audiences are not simply watching a show, but are drawn into an ultra-realistic experience where fantasy becomes reality by suspending disbelief.”
Productions will be crafted that can both appear across multiple live entertainment venues, festivals worldwide and reside indefinitely at theaters, museums, attractions, malls, mixed-use spaces and other singular destinations. These game-changing experiences have no limitations, and can range from showcasing artists and icons to celebrities, natural interest topics and fantastical themes, which cannot otherwise be seen live. BASE Hologram has an extensive pipeline of world renowned projects that will be revealed in upcoming months.
BASE Hologram is leveraging Epson’s Pro L-Series laser projection technology to deliver bright, vivid images for its dynamic, awe-inspiring, larger-than-life hologram concert experience. Epson’s award-winning laser technology provides incredible color brightness and inherent benefits of long life and virtually no maintenance – crucial to live events.
“This is something special and given today’s culture, audiences are looking for that unique hook to get them out of their homes and into communal experiences.” said Marty Tudor, Executive Producer and CEO BASE Hologram Productions. “These productions do that in an innovative, creative and immersive way that will change the live show landscape.”
In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert is an enthralling event that will launch in April 2018 in the UK with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Directed by Tony winner Eric Schaeffer (Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet) and presented through extraordinary theatrical stagecraft, In Dreams will recreate the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon through mind-blowing holographic laser imaging as he performs newly recorded never-before-heard digitally remastered arrangements of his classics with live orchestra.
“This is the first worldwide hologram tour ever of an iconic superstar of this variety,” said Bob Ringe, CEO BASE Hologram Distribution. “As a result, you need a name like Roy Orbison or Maria Callas to be successful. They were both not only gifted vocalists, but they were industry game-changers, just as these tours will be.”
Known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads, many critics describe Orbison’s music as operatic, naming him “The Caruso of Rock.” Between 1960 and 1964, 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, which paved the way for his successful career, marked by entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and making him one of the top 100 artists of all time.
“I’ve seen first-hand the impact artists like Roy Orbison have had on today’s generation,” said Schaeffer. “What many younger music fans may not realize is just what Orbison meant to his industry and our musical culture. He was an amazing song-writer, singer and performer who is responsible for a stunning catalogue of hits. This production is about putting the spotlight back on the creative genius of Roy Orbison and to be able to share it with all the generations.”
Universally recognized as one of the great music legends and praised by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Presley, Orbison’s catalogue includes such chart-toppers as Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, Only The Lonely, Crying, I Drove All Night, It’s Over and In Dreams. This tour will allow fans old and new to get the chance to experience one of the most iconic and revered figures in the history of the medium in a spectacular and thrilling new way as Orbison and his trademark three-octave range voice come back to the stage he commanded for decades.
Orbison’s impact continues today as the newly released album, A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has quickly skyrocketed up the UK and Australia music charts. Meanwhile, initial UK and Australia 2018 tour dates for the Orbison hologram concert events has been selling to an overwhelming success.
“My father had a special transcendent vocal ability that made him something of an anomaly in the world of pop and rock, but that’s what endeared him to his fans,” said Alex Orbison, President Roy Orbison Music. “For our family it was an amazing emotional experience to see this for the first time and we know audiences worldwide will have the same reaction.”
In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert will launch in North America in September 2018. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming months and more information can be found at www.orbisoninconcert.com.
Callas In Concert will bring the famed opera star back 40 years following her passing through breathtaking state-of-the-art digital and laser projection for a live full concert experience featuring original recordings digitally remastered. The live event is scripted and directed by Creative Director Stephen Wadsworth, a veteran of many of Callas’ theaters, including La Scala, the Met, Covent Garden, who last directed Terrence McNally’s Callas play Master Class on Broadway, and runs the post-graduate opera training at The Juilliard School. The event will be conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, whose career spans opera, symphony and Broadway, where he served as Music Director of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, among many other hit shows.
“The event will appeal to generations of audiences who never experienced Callas and who may know little about her beyond her reputation, as well as to opera lovers who are very familiar with her work, her recordings, and her complex life story,” said Wadsworth. “We’ve had the opportunity to curate one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and we must do that with great care – from her fantastically diverse repertoire to her revealing gestural language and her complicated relationship with her audience. We are all in different ways close to Callas’ influence, because her work had a huge impact on every artist working in music, opera, acting, stage design and fashion.”
Callas left a forever lasting impact on the world of opera as the definition of the diva as artist – and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists and, arguably, the greatest soprano that has ever lived. In 2007, she was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in the same year, voted the greatest soprano of all time by BBC Music Magazine. Five years later her list of accomplishments grew again when she was voted into Gramophone Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Callas will be heavily in the spotlight once again over the next year with a new film documentary, book and CD collection being released commemorating her extraordinary life.
This tour will allow audiences to experience the legendary emotional force that is Maria Callas. From one moment to the next, fans will feel her passionate heat, cool detachment, heartrending vulnerability, fierce confidence, and breathtaking grace. Audiences will bear witness as she inhabits her operatic characters, and evokes the drama that inspired her name, La Divina.
Callas in Concert will launch in Tokyo in May 2018 and tour dates will be announced in the coming months. More information can be found at www.callasinconcert.com.
Additional information may be found at www.basehologram.com.
About BASE Hologram
BASE Hologram, a BASE Entertainment Company, develops, produces, and distributes live theatrical entertainment and location-based productions worldwide from its offices in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Houston. These productions utilize state-of-the-art holographic digital and laser technology and expert theatrical stagecraft to create experiential entertainment. BASE acquires and manages intellectual properties to create an ever-growing roster of engaging and immersive cutting edge content. BASE Hologram’s current touring production activity includes In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert and Callas in Concert. BASE Entertainment’s founders include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger, along with Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Clarity Partners. For more information please visit www.basehologram.com and www.baseentertainment.com.
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