Lap Chi Chu's Tony-Nominated Lighting For Camelot

Live Design's Plot Of The Week focuses on lighting designer Lap Chi Chu, who made his Broadway debut and won a Tony nomination for Camelot at Lincoln Center. 

Directed by Bartlett Sher, the recent Tony-nominated revival of the celebrated 1960 Lerner and Lowe musical has a new book by Aaron Sorkin, and ran March 9–July 23, 2023 in the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Creative assets included: Tony-nominated sets by Michael Yeargan and Ben Pearcy/59 Productions; Tony-nominated costumes by Jennifer Moeller; and sound by Marc Salzberg and Beth Lake.

"Our production featured a new book, written by Aaron Sorkin, in which magic and mysticism are replaced with humanity and agency. If light represented the story’s idealism; color and shape became extremely important to shape it," says the lighting designer. "For much of the color, I relied heavily on several hundred of ETC’s LustrSeries2’s and the Eos console. It allowed me precise control of all the vivid, rich colors that would look great on skin tones anywhere on our stage."

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"With such a large, open set (approximately 70 feet by 70 feet), any light imperfection would have stuck out like a sore thumb. The Lustrs were so reliable and the color calibrated so well, I don’t think we had to touch one fixture after focus.With the Eos console and its many different ways to manipulate color, I could refine every color combinationwith extreme finesse. I love shaping lights in my work. I love a profile fixture with clean shutters, where I can have a single unit on and it would look pristine and perfect. I relied on the Martin Mac Performance Ultras and the Vari-Lite VL3600 for their bright, clean sharp edges, and great color mixing," notes Lap Chi Chu.

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"Bart Sher is such a fun director to work with. He stages so visually, and he would constantly add tableaux and stories throughout the process. At any moment, there may be three parties exiting, one just passing by, another two entering. This really gives me a rich tapestry of stage pictures to articulate with light. You can see how I would appreciate fast, precise control of reliable gear."

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"The Lincoln Center lighting team kept the whole process speedy and smooth. Victor Seastone programs with such speed and efficiency. Bailey Costa and Mextly Couzin worked so hard so I could keep my eyes on stage," adds the LD.

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Camelot Lighting team:

Lighting Designer: Lap Chi Chu

Head Electrician: Bruce Rubin

Programmer: Victor Seastone

Assoc LD: Bailey Costa

ALD (followspots): Mextly Couzin

Lighting gear:

228 ETC Lustr Series 2 ellipsoidal

150 ETC Source Four ellipsoidal

28 ETC Source Four Par

15 ChromaQ Colorforce II 48

41 Color Kinetics ColorBlaze 72 TR4 RGBAW

 4 PRG Best BoyHP Spot

37 Martin MAC Performance ULTRA

10 Vari-Lite VL3600

 8 Martin MAC Encore Performance CLD

 4 Ultratec Radiance Hazer

ETC Eos Ti console