The Broadway musical “On Your Feet!” uses d3 Technologies media servers to tell the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and their rise to fame. Darrel Maloney, “On Your Feet!” video and projection designer, selected the servers to project map moving scenery with retro views of Miami, Cuba and other locations key to the Estefans’ life.
"On Your Feet!" at the Marquis Theatre
“I began using d3 media servers in 2011 on the tour of ‘American Idiot,’ and they’ve been my main server ever since,” including on his last Broadway musical, “Allegiance,” said Maloney.
For “On Your Feet!” he deploys four d3 4U v2.5 systems from Sound Associates – two display, one master and one understudy – for a total of nine outputs.
“One of the things director Jerry Mitchell wanted for this show was to move quickly from one location to another, like a movie does,” said Maloney. “Projection allowed us to do that, to propel the story forward in a really fluid way” as displays depict Gloria and Emilio’s roots in Cuba, their childhood memories in Miami, Gloria’s father’s service in Vietnam and the Estefans’ first world tour.
d3’s previs capabilities played an important part in the design process. “The set design features big panels of shutters that move, track and turn,” said Maloney. “With d3’s previs function we were
able to show the director and set designer David Rockwell the scenic moves and how they worked with projections. It used to be that you couldn’t see that type of thing in context until you got to the theater.”
The d3 systems feed four Panasonic 21K projectors tracking three sets of shutter-style sliders moving and turning through the downstage, midstage and rearstage areas. Another five Panasonic 21Ks handle a rear projection screen. “Sound Associates provided the external coders for the tracking, and d3 wrote a custom interface for us, “said Maloney.