Leading Australian pop vocal group, Human Nature, have returned to The Venetian
in Las Vegas with their new Jukebox production, which effortlessly blends retro pop
classics with Doo-Wop, Motown and Soul. The aim of the show is to bring some of
the greatest vocal hits of all time to the cabaret stage in their own personal
As with previous Human Nature productions in “Sin City’ (such as Motown), GLP
lighting is used extensively to add both drama and subtlety to the show. David
Rudder, the group’s production manager and technical director for the past 20
years, says the show was the consequence of a successful album with Bob Rock
followed by a sell-out tour in their native Australia.
Heavily involved in knitting all the creative elements together at the design stage,
Rudder said, “Although we considered other options as a location for this show, we
really feel comfortable at The Sands Showroom — and the venue’s history, as well
as the high end status of The Venetian itself, were all factors in re-signing.’
They were fortunate to again have the services of Jeff Pavey, their Australian LD,
despite his other commitments. “Jeff was actually out creating and touring with
Prince’s solo show but he was able to come over and light the show during the soft
opening; he did a great job as usual – he really “gets’ the balance between rock
show and theatre.’
The contact with GLP originally came through top LD, Steve Cohen (who was
responsible for the production design of the Venetian version of The Motown Show).
He specified GLP’s X4’s as well as the Spot One and Wash Ones.
With integration of the traditional legacy fixtures in the house, keeping everything
powered had become an issue in its own right. “Having the GLP Spots has meant we
can get quality light where we need without melting our distros; the colour and
saturation are great and they can easily blend and hold their own against the
Finally, with two columns in the show used selectively to replicate the look of a
Rock-Ola Bubbler Jukebox, GLP Atoms were specified to light the column from top
Cost savings in using LED fixtures is another bonus. “We are severely limited in the
power available to us due to the demands of having to maintain legacy equipment.
In practice we see the economies of using LED gear every day as the conventional
lights lose lamps and need constant repair and maintenance.’
All of which ensured that Human Nature Jukebox’s technical infrastructure bedded in
at the Venetian in double quick time, and the show can now look forward to the
initial three-year run for which it has been slated.