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Jurassic World Live at Little Caesars Arena, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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The Detroit Red Wings might have some older players on the roster, but there will be "real" -- or reel -- dinosaurs thundering into Little Caesars Arena this week.

"Jurassic World Live" is a large-scale stage show based on the character and plots of the popular film series, bringing the inhabitants of Isla Nublar into arenas around the country. The story itself is set between the events of 2015's "Jurassic World" and last year's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the latest cinematic permutations of the film series created 26 years ago by Steven Spielberg, and the production brings Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, Stegosaurus and more to life in all their scaly glory.

Chris Nobles, the show's Rochester-raised associate producer, runs down what we can expect during this week's prehistoric festivities...

Nobles, 42 -- an Eisenhower High School grad who studied theater design and production at Oakland University and came to Feld Entertainment via Disney On Ice -- says the brand name sets "Jurassic World Live" apart, significantly, from "a ton of other dinosaur shows that are out there...NBC Universal and Feld partnered together to create a live-action, touring 'Jurassic World' franchise show, and it really came from the popularity of the brand. Everybody has a joy and love of dinosaurs, so bringing them together with an original story, seemed like an exciting idea."

Both Spielberg and "Jurassic World" franchise writer Colin Trevorrow have been involved with the live show, and Nobles says that sitting in a meeting with Spielberg "was incredible. We took him through the entire show, showed him all the dinosaurs and all the action sequences to make sure he was comfortable with what we were doing, and he was very comfortable with the show. He laughed at the jokes, he loved the action sequences. Just to be sitting there and have somebody who is the steward of the brand enjoy and get the same amusement we know the fans and audience will get out of it was just incredible. And to have him validate what we were doing with the show was even more amazing."

"Jurassic World Live" features 21 dinosaurs of seven species, and Nobles says the biggest wow is the 42-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex. "She does very much everything the T. Rex does in the movies. Because show takes place three months after 'Jurassic World' happens, we worked with the art department at Universal to make sure that everything was accurate down to the scales and scars -- given that the only place she's ever existed was CGI."

Another big moment, according to Nobles, comes at the end of the first act, when a squad of Velociraptors walk around the floor with cameras on their heads. "As they're working around the floor and the audience you'll actually see yourself on a monitor through video cameras. It's a fun moment for everybody."

Nobles, who's the first non-family associated producer in the Feld Entertainment ranks, says the most rewarding part of "Jurassic World Live" was creating a, well, live experience from a screen experience. "Everybody's so used to CGI now, so creative a live show where you can't have CGI and people are looking at it from three different sides and living up to their expectations -- it's so much fun. I loved all this stuff growing up, and to get to bring it to life, to deliver what I wish I would have had as a kid, is just incredible. It's not a jog; It's a passion and a huge joy."

The Jurassic World Live Tour prowls through Detroit's Little Caesars Arena for nine shows Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 14-17. $15 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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