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Live ‘Jurassic World’ show stomps into Barclays
Dino-mite!: A new show will bring the dinosaurs from “Jurassic Park” to life. Photo by Feld Entertainment
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By Rose Adams This show has T-Rex appeal!
An extravagant new show
inspired by the beloved movie
“Jurassic Park” will transform Barclays
Center into a prehistoric playground
from Feb. 20 to 23. “Jurassic World
Live” introduces a new story set in the
Jurassic cinematic universe, and will
feature more than 20 life-size dinosaur
puppets, according to the show’s tour
“The T-Rex is 42 feet long,” said Adrien
Baez. “Imagine the size of a school bus —
that’s her size.”
The story, which takes place between
the first and second “Jurassic World”
movies, stars a team of scientists trying to
save Jeanie, the world’s smartest troodon,
from a group of evil conspirators who want
to use her as a weapon.
The performance will use projections
and scenery to reproduce the jungles of Isla
Nublar, Jurassic World’s home base, inside
the sports arena. It will also feature a rich
diversity of dinosaurs who look just like
their on-screen counterparts, including
Blue the Velociraptor, the Tyrannosaurus
Rex, a triceratops, and several flying
pteranodons, Baez said.
Some dinosaurs will be played by
actors carrying 120-pound costumes,
while others are fully animatronic,
controlled remotely by puppeteers who
determine their movement, expressions,
and breathing from the sidelines. The
dinos are so big that the tour company has
to employ dozens of trucks to move them
from city to city, Baez said.
“The T-Rex we have to transport in two
trucks that are used to transport Nascar
cars,” he explained. “It takes two days to
load the dinosaurs.”
The dinosaurs are not only accurate
to their antediluvian originals, but they
also reflect details from the movies. The
T-Rex figure, for example, still has injuries
from her battle with the Indominus Rex in
“Jurassic World,” Baez noted.
“She even has scratch marks from that
fight,” he said.
The enormous thunder lizards are a hit
with kids, but the live tour has something
for everyone, said Baez, including
genuinely touching moments between
Jeanie the dinosaur and her creator.
“It has action, it has a very cool
storyline, it has dinosaurs,” he said.
“There’s that connection between Jeannie
and Dr. Kate Walker, and you’re at the
edge of your seat tearing up.”
“Jurassic World Live” at Barclays
Center 620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush
Avenue in Prospect Heights, (917) 618–
6100, www.barclayscenter.com. Feb. 20
at 7 pm; Feb. 21–22 at 11 am, 3 pm, and
7 pm; and Feb. 23 at noon and 4 pm.