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Bi-Level Sets#26
Posted: 8/5/19 at 4:25pm

Brighton Beach Memoirs Bi-Level Sets

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Bi-Level Sets#27
Posted: 8/5/19 at 4:26pm
Safeword. also had a two level set that actually was surrounding the audience from the sides as well.
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Bi-Level Sets#28
Posted: 8/5/19 at 4:45pm

Act One also had a massive Bi-Level set, great video of Beowulf Boritt talking about it (also features another set designer, but it still shows off Act One's set a lot)

https://youtu.be/tXYX5YXjYaA?t=777 

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Bi-Level Sets#29
Posted: 8/5/19 at 4:55pm

The musicians for Grand Hotel did occupy the upper level when the show played at the Martin Beck (now Hirschfeld) but they were relocated to the traditional pit when the show relocated to the Gershwin. The tour of the show also had the musicians in the pit. To fill the empty space in the upper level it was re imagined to be an attic of sorts with the gold leaf chairs scattered and dangling about.

Only two short bits of action took place on the upper level. The Baron climbing along the ledge as he was breaking into Grushinskaya's suite and Raffaela sang "What You Need" while lying on the ledge.

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Bi-Level Sets#30
Posted: 8/6/19 at 9:46am

DoTheDood said: "Act One also had a massive Bi-Level set, great video ofBeowulf Boritt talking about it (also features another set designer, but it still shows off Act One's set a lot)

https://youtu.be/tXYX5YXjYaA?t=777
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That is massive - did the entire thing revolve?

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Bi-Level Sets#31
Posted: 8/6/19 at 9:48am

morosco said: "The musicians for Grand Hotel did occupy the upper level when the show played at the Martin Beck (now Hirschfeld) but they were relocated to the traditional pit when the show relocated to the Gershwin. The tour of the show also had the musicians in the pit. To fill the empty space in the upper level it was re imagined to be an attic of sorts with the gold leaf chairs scattered and dangling about.

Only two short bits of action took place on the upper level. The Baron climbing along the ledge as he was breaking into Grushinskaya's suite and Raffaela sang "What You Need" while lying on the ledge.
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It seems like a shame to go through the effort to create such a set and then barely use the second floor.

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Bi-Level Sets#32
Posted: 8/6/19 at 10:25am

Lot666 said: "That is massive - did the entire thing revolve?"

I don't know if the video shows that off, but it did. Obviously it got Boritt the Tony because of how intricate it was. Here's another video that shows it in action a little bit more. https://youtu.be/kI4-Gl4sJ1g

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Bi-Level Sets#33
Posted: 8/7/19 at 2:18am

The hotel suites in Victor/Victoria were two story. My first Broadway show and was amazed how these massive set pieces glided so quietly, as well as how Toddy’s apartment and Chez Louis tracked on stage. 

The three massive girders in Newsies we’re tried-level. 

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Bi-Level Sets#34
Posted: 8/7/19 at 5:35am

John Napier’s globe set for the original London production of Children of Eden featured two full width catwalks. 

Children of Eden, London (1991)

Or the RSC’s Nicholas Nickleby (Napier again). Or Hamilton?

Nicholas Nickleby, London (1980)

 

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Bi-Level Sets#35
Posted: 8/7/19 at 10:54pm
The original London production of Whistle Down the Wind.

Wasn't The Ritz bi-level as well?
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Bi-Level Sets#36
Posted: 8/7/19 at 11:39pm

I'm no good at downloading photos (maybe Morosco can help) but Peter Larkin's original set for THE RINK had a stunning partial 2-level set torqued into an astonishing version of false perspective.

Clarke Dunham's gorgeous set for GRIND boasted far more than just 2 levels; it contained a veritable rabbit warren of dressing rooms on probably 6 or 7 levels surrounding its Burlesque stage with its fully working fly loft, all placed on a constantly rotating turntable.The show had its critics but man, that set was a thing of beauty!

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Bi-Level Sets#37
Posted: 8/8/19 at 9:12am

How can we forget the original setting of SUNSET BOULEVARD? Especially the end of ACT 1, with the party going on below and Norma in her bed upstairs ?  

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Bi-Level Sets#38
Posted: 8/8/19 at 11:35am

How can we forget the original setting of SUNSET BOULEVARD?

Literally mentioned by the original poster in the first post.

Otherwise, Crazy For You had an impressive 2 level saloon set, with some impressive fight choreo from level to level.  Unfortunately I can't find a pic from the original production.

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Bi-Level Sets#39
Posted: 8/8/19 at 12:06pm
Days of Rage was bi level. Next to Normal was actually tri level as Gabe would hang out on the 3rd level at times.
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Bi-Level Sets#40
Posted: 8/14/19 at 9:03am

Mister Matt said: "The original London production of Whistle Down the Wind."

I did not see this show, but knowing the story, I'm struggling to figure out what the second level was used for. Can you please elaborate a bit?

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Bi-Level Sets#41
Posted: 8/15/19 at 3:16pm

Newsies---had a three level set

Next to Normal was three level as well if I remember.

Mary Poppins had the entire Banks house on the stage.   

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Bi-Level Sets#42
Posted: 8/15/19 at 3:25pm

Significant Other! 

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Bi-Level Sets#43
Posted: 8/15/19 at 10:07pm
I don’t think most of these fit into what the original poster was saying. He’s saying the entire width of the stage. Like Sunset Blvd.

I’d love to hear more about Grind! That sounds impressive!
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Bi-Level Sets#44
Posted: 8/15/19 at 10:54pm

I can't believe no one has mentioned Caroline, or Change yet!


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