On Monday, February 17, NBC’s popular Tonight Show returned to New York for the first time in 42 years, with Jimmy Fallon as the new late night host (joining the ranks of such legends as Steve Allen, Jack Parr, Johny Carson, and Jay Leno). Broadcast in New York City from 1954-1972, The Tonight Show moved to Burbank after its first decade with Johnny Carson as host. Jimmy Fallon has brought the show back to New York, with a set by veteran theatrical scenic designer Eugene Lee, who created a miniature wood-carved skyline of Manhattan. “I think it’s Eugene Lee’s masterpiece,” says Lorne Michaels, the show’s executive producer, who has worked with Lee in the past on episodes of Saturday Night Live.
Ferri Lighting Design & Associates designed and installed the new lighting for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in NBC Studio 6B. Fred Bock, who has worked on numerous NBC shows at 30 Rockefeller Center, was lead designer. Bock also designed the lighting for U2’s rooftop performance seen on the show’s February 17 debut, working closely with Mike Baldassari, from Mike-O-Matic Industries, and Chris Landy, formerly the lighting director for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The lighting rig is primarily Clay Paky for the new band space on The Tonight Show, with A.leda B-Eyes, Profile 800s, and Sharpy Wash units. The lighting rigs were supplied by WorldStage, with Drew DeCorleto serving as account executive.
Lighting Gear Lists:
Control console: ETC Eos Titanium
72 ETC Source Four LED Lustr+
173 Prism Profile Junior EC
18 ETC D22 Lustr
18 ETC D40 Lustr
60 ETC D60 Lustr
40 Prism Studio 3 Fresnel EC
2 Robert Juliat Ginger Followspot
10 PRG White Light 3000k Bullet
48 Philips Color Kinetics iW Blast 12" TR
30 Chroma-Q Studio Force V Remote Phosphor 12"
6 Chroma-Q Color Force 48" RGBA
17 Chroma-Q Color Force 72" RGBA
24 Chroma-Q Color Force 12" RGBA
20 Chroma-Q Color Block 2 Plus
20 Chroma-Q Color Block 2 PLUS Singles RGBA
66 Philips Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 Powercore, RGBA, 1ft, 9°
55 Philips Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 Powercore, RGBA, 2ft, 9°
29 Philips Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 Powercore, RGBA, 3ft, 9°
15 Philips Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 Powercore, RGBA, 4ft, 9°
48 City Theatrical Beam Bender
6 ETC Source Four Mini