r kelly

Enlighted was commissioned to create a variety of lighted garments for R. Kelly as Mr. Show Biz in The Light It Up Tour, which was performed to sold-out theaters across the US during the spring of 2006. The entire performance is now available on DVD.

The basic concept was to have an "invisible man" effect, with lighted hat, tie, gloves, and shoes, but with the rest of the body being completely hidden. This image was used as the identifying logo for the tour, on posters, t-shirts, and tour jackets, as well as many other items.

R. Kelly opens the show wearing this suit, walking up the stairs to appear on an otherwise dark stage. Hand gestures and sound effects are coordinated to activate sets of other marquee-style lights that surround the stage and a series of steps.

some still shots from the opening scene, video clip from the DVD intro

scenes of R Kelly backstage, just before starting the concert, video clip from the DVD

R Kelly explains the concept behind his Mr Show Biz character and the lighted costume,
video clip from DVD

images of the full suit, from rehearsal

close-up shots of the hat, tie, gloves, and shoes

animated clip of a lighted glove, demonstrating its flexibility

Enlighted also installed lighting in an 8' wide roll-up banner that was used in the "Happy People" finale, when audience members were invited on stage to dance.

view of banner during construction, and as used in the concert finale

tour jacket decorated with lighted logo on the front and back

detailed view of front

animated clip showing the flashing lights on the sleeves

a smaller version of the tour jacket, with pink lights

Summary of the tour dates:
03/09/06 Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
03/10/06 St. Louis, MO - Fox Theater
03/11/06 Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
03/12/06 Oklahoma City, OK - Civic Center Music Hall
03/14/06 Houston, TX - Jesse Jones Hall
03/16/06 Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie
03/18/06 North Little Rock, AR - ALLTEL Arena
03/20/06 Atlanta, GA - Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta
03/21/06 Atlanta, GA - Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta
03/23/06 Miami, FL - James L Knight Center
03/24/06 Miami, FL - James L Knight Center
03/25/06 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
03/26/06 Jacksonville, FL - Times Union Ctr Perf Arts Moran Theater
03/28/06 Raleigh, NC - Progress Energy Center Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
03/29/06 Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
03/31/06 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
04/01/06 Memphis, TN - Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
04/05/06 Albany, NY - Palace Theatre Albany
04/07/06 Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
04/08/06 Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
04/09/06 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
04/10/06 Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
04/12/06 Newark, NJ - NJPAC
04/13/06 Washington, DC - Constitution Hall
04/14/06 Washington, DC - Constitution Hall
04/15/06 Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Center
04/18/06 New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
04/19/06 Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
04/21/06 Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre Columbus
04/22/06 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre Detroit
04/23/06 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
04/26/06 Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
04/27/06 Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
04/28/06 Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Theatre - Wisconsin Center District
04/29/06 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
05/02/06 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
05/04/06 Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel
05/05/06 San Diego, CA - Copley Symphony Hall
05/06/06 Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
05/07/06 Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
05/09/06 Cabazon, CA - Key Club @ Morongo
05/10/06 Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
05/12/06 Oakland, CA - Paramount Theater
05/14/06 Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Memorial

More information is available on the artist's official site: http://www.r-kelly.com

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We've done many other types of hats, ties, gloves, and shoes (please follow those links for examples).

If you're interested in increasing your visibility on stage, please see our custom orders page, or contact us for more information about lighted costumes for musicians and other performers.

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