Hello Florida and Bravo Entertainment team up to create an immersive entertainment experience for guests with a German Wheel (foreground) and Earth Harp (background.)
A closer view of the Earth Harp, which stretched across the entire ballroom and connected two main stages.
But sometimes, small and intimate works best. Here, country star Travis Tritt entertains 60 guests relaxing in recliners near a campfire in a strictly "unplugged" performance staged by Bravo. Photo by David Granger.
Doug Johnson, head of E Plus Productions, says clients are wowed by custom shows.
What's a trend? The names may change--showgirl, cirque--but the core of the act remains the same, Johnson says.
For New Year's Eve 2013, the E Plus Productions team created a show for Aria Special Events and MGM Events that included a cast of 85 special performers and 10 acts for a stunning four hours of nonstop entertainment. "It was probably the biggest entertainment piece we have ever done," Johnson says.
Michael Cerbelli of Go West Creative Group points to the popularity of the Gantry Bike, a steampunk-style contraption that moves about the ballroom, dispensing drinks and dazzling guests.
Another view of the Gantry Bike. Also big, Cerbelli says, are headline talent from TV shows and chefs up close and in action.
Since the Tonys are cooler than the Oscars--at least according to Sam Trego of Imagination Entertainment--Broadway-style shows are a hit. Here, his take on "Wicked."
For Sam Trego's blog on entertainment trends, click here.
Josh Gair of Impact Entertainment points to the power of live decor for entertainment. Here, the work of Topiary Joe.
Impact's Topiary Joe builds his living art piece on-site; the client can keep it, if desired.
Yes, that's a car--from Topiary Joe.
Silhouette acts stay strong, says Nicole Bernardi of Innovative Entertainment.
Another stunning example.
Beautiful, silent performers such as the Light Beings from Living World Entertainment can be used as the featured act or simply atmosphere, notes Priscilla Stephan. And they work in any language!
The Living World team recently entertained at the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
A Living World performer makes a splash at the Pacific Science Center.
What better way to showcase a shopping festival in Dubai than by showcasing its landmark Burj Khalifa—the world's tallest building? Scarlett Entertainment did just that by staging a fashion show—specifically, a vertical, aerial fashion show—down the side of the skyscraper. Along with the vertical version, a conventional fashion show took place simultaneously on a more conventional catwalk below.
"We've noticed that all the new types of 'got talent' shows around the world have brought us event more work," notes Alex Hourdequin, general manager of Monaco-based Talents and Productions. "The main example could be Duo Flame, an act featured on 'Ukraine's Got Talent' that was a big hit on social media all around the globe."
A dramatic act from Talents and Productions.
"Cirque theme events are still going strong with new clients but with my repeat clients, I've been asked for something new and fresh year after year," says Michael Manzanet of WonderWorld.
Something old, something new--that's not just for brides. Event entertainment moves through cycles, too, and here are some of the hottest acts around. Encore, encore!