While Vera was away at BlogHer, doing BlogHer-type things, I was able to take Liam and Natalie to the opening night of How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. It really was spectacular. What a wonderful show. We even were able to somehow finagle a “VIP” experience to make it even more amazing. Bling, bling…
We received some really cool 3-d posters, and some goodies like a light-up spinning dinosaur toy. The less I had to say no to, the better.
The day began with us meeting the heroes of the show, Hiccup and Astrid. They put on a great little show about becoming Honorary Dragon Trainers…the kids even got to go up, Valedictorian-style, and accept their diplomas. Very sweet and energetic. They ate it up. A fantastic way to get the night going.
From then, we moved over to the next destination where were able to dress up like vikings, grab some lethal metal weaponry, and…argh…take some pictures. You know, like real vikings used to do before battle. I think I look pretty darn imposing, don’t you?
From here we went off to the show, which was a really immersive, multi-media spectacular. It was action from the get go. The arena was split in half but a giant screen the size of over 9 movie screens. There were 20 – $100K projectors working their magic in the background and on the floor, all in-sync and completely choreographed perfectly. It really mixed so well and was a truly integral part of the show. It was not hokey or unnecessary at all. Hiccup has a sequence where he was running up mountains, jumping on trees, falling from the sky..,and it really looked authentic.
The dragons were amazing…23 in all…and so realistic. Some were HUGE, some were small, but they all really moved well and looked the part. True-to-life dragons if you will. They jumped, they played, the split fire, the flew in the air, and the characters even rode them, making the show even that much more impressive. They really looked like they were part of the cast.
The actors were great, very fun, personable, and athletic. All the right ingredients for a show such as this one.
It was so good that my kids not only waited for the intermission, but stayed up until the show was over! I think that was a first.
Afterwards, we had a quick 20-minute presentation that told us about all the technical wonders…30 big rigs are needed to move the show (more than any show ever except the Michael Jackson Cirque show) across the country. The huge rig above the stage, that was used for the projectors, lights, dragon flying, etc. is the largest ever, weighing in a hundreds of tons.
We even learned that all the dinosaurs are hand-painted, each using on average 200 GALLONS of paint…per dragon!! It was really a very expensive, very labor intensive, very impressive setup. It really topped off the night well.
Oh yeah..there were also some celebs there. The ones that I regognized were Jeffrey Katzenberg (1/3rd of the great DreamWorks team), NY Knick great Patrick Ewing, famous psychic medium John Edwards, and style maven Rosie Pope. I know there were more…this was opening night and there do seem to be only 4 nights in the NYC area.
If you have a chance to see this show, please do it.
You can get 25% off weekday performances (including Friday nights) with code MOM at ticketmater.com – for select seats!!!
If would like to read a bit more about the show…http://www.babyrazzi.com/2012/07/26/how-to-train-your-dragon-live-spectacular/