Home' Spice Magazine : SPICE MAY 2015 Contents Sydney Town Hall, w ith its central location, historic magnifi-
cence and grand size, was the perfect setting to bring to life
key moments from the show. Sydney Tow n Hall, a favourite
for large scale events, was built in the late Romantic Era and was
the ideal suitor to showcase this event, themed Modern French
Revolution. Guests were drawn in to the celebration before they
even entered the Centennial Hall, the striking external façade lit
red, white and blue using the venue’s newly installed intelligent
Event Emporium’s team of 115 producers, staff and crew col-
laborated with Sydney Town Hall and Restaurant Associates, to
bring Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s vision to life. Liaising closely with
Michael Cassel Group and Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s London
office, the team meticulously planned every area of event design,
catering and technical requirements. Sydney Town Hall and their
dedicated staff fully embraced the project to ensure every detail
was delivered at the highest level including ten site visits and two
food tastings. The venue accommodated an extensive production
bump-in including the delivery of four 6-tonne trucks over a 24-
hour assembly and 10-hour bump out.
The show’s creative team from London were in Sydney to
finesse the theatre production for opening night. They were con-
sulted on the design of the party and were thrilled with the venue
selection, attention to detail and creativity of the entire event.
A 12m x 9m tri-colour flag was hand-prepared to look war worn
using an inventive combination of blowtorches, kitchen scissors
and soy sauce. However, the talking point of the night was the rec-
reation of the famous barricade, using hundreds of props (includ-
ing some from the original 1988 production) to create a statement
piece that filled the full width of Centennial Hall’s 18 metre stage.
Many commented that the barricade seemed to breathe with
life as if a real battle was raging. This effect was created using blow
fans and smoke, which in combination with the grandeur of the
venue captivated guests immediately.
Beyond these centrepiece decorations, the theme was wound into
every element of the event. Sydney Town Hall’s electrolier’s were low-
ered especially and decorated with living green ivy, and intricate light
projections of Cossette filled the room. French perfumery L’Occitane
en Provence decorated the bathrooms creating a unique European
fragrance, and toilet signs on the night were changed to read ‘Lovely
Ladies’ and ‘Masters of the House,’ referencing two popular songs
from the show. As a nod to the style of the 1980s when Les Misérables
first opened in Australia, the exclusive caterers of Sydney Town Hall,
Restaurant Associates, had their top chefs create a custom-designed
ice carving to decorate the bar and champagne display.
4000 glasses of Mumm Champagne complimented the Parisian
menu, created with flair by Restaurant Associates, who prepared
and served over 7700 canapés on site. The Restaurant Associates’
head chef Leander Gstrein enjoyed the creative challenge and cre-
ated traditional dishes like a delicate quiche (special attention was
paid to the lightness of the pastry) and more surprising offerings
such as a stunning pannacotta dessert with a secret ingredient of
popping candy as a tribute to the guns of the rebellion.
As the night went on, the crowd were delighted when the kids
from the show took to the stage to dance to the DJ Trio, who pro-
vided such great entertainment that guests partied until 2am. The
event drew high praise from industry and the media, already receiv-
ing a nomination from the Daily Telegraph for party of the year.
Les Misérables is currently playing at the Capitol Theatre, show
dates from March 26 to July 12 2015. ■
Viva La Revolution
at Sydney Town Hall
As the curtain went down on the opening night (March 26)in Sydney for one of the world’s
favourite musicals, Les Misérables, 1200 industry and celebrity guests made their way from
the Capitol Theatre to Sydney Town Hall for a lavish after party produced by Event Emporium.
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