Writer and lighting programmer & designer Rob Halliday's books Entertainment In Production vols 1 and 2 are now available to those who prefer their reading in electronic form, through Amazon's Kindle Store. This means that the books are available not only to readers using Amazon's Kindle, but also to those using the Kindle software on Apple's iPad and iPhone, on Blackberries, and on PC and Macs.
The two Entertainment In Production books gather together more than a decade's worth of coverage of the creation of some of the world's most spectacular entertainment projects. The first, covering the period from 1994-1999 includes shows such as Cirque du Soleil's MystÃ¨re and O, the hit musicals Tommy and Mamma Mia, events including the spectacular design for the 71st Academy Awards and the 1996 US Presidential Election Conventions, the reconstruction of London's Lyceum Theatre and the creation of Las Vegas' spectacular Fremont Street Experience.
The second book, which covers the period from 2000-2006, includes such shows as the musicals Aida, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fosse, The Woman in White and Mary Poppins, Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of La BohÃ¨me, Cirque du Soleil's stunning KÃ€, the remarkable Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, plus New York's Tribute in Light.
The articles include insights from many of those involved in these shows, many of which were landmarks in entertainment design and technology; designers whose work features in the books include Acme Sound Partners, Francois Bergeron, Ken Billington, Andrew Bridge, Andrew Bruce, Bob Crowley, Jonathan Deans, Bob Dickinson, Michel Crete, William Dudley, Rick Fisher, Paul Groothuis, Wendall Harrington, Mark Henderson, Howard Harrison, David Hersey, Natasha Katz, Luc Lafortune, Nigel Levings, Matt McKenzie, Anne Militello, Tony Meola, John Napier, Nick Ormerod, Chris Parry, Kenneth Posner, Paul Pyant, Mike Walker, Anthony Ward, Patrick Woodroffe and many more. Rob Halliday was directly involved in the creation of a number of the featured productions, giving a unique insiders view from behind the scenes on these shows.
Reviewing the paper editions of the books, which remain available from ET Books, the PLSN Bookshelf, Amazon and other book retailers, the ABTT's Sightline magazine commented that “Rob Halliday manages to provide something for everyone… These books provide a record of those who were at the cutting edge of theatre design and technology during a decade which saw much change – and a glimpse of the process of putting on a show.”
Further information about the books and their author can be found at www.entertainmentinproduction.com