The cast of Feld Entertainment's Marvel Universe LIVE! (Feld Entertainment)
It’s rather true in case you haven’t heard as of now. Marvel Universe LIVE!, produced by Feld Entertainment, is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before.
Two years ago in March 2013, Feld Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment came to an agreement: to produce a Marvel Character based live arena show. And now it’s about to become a reality for them, but also for the Southern California public.
In this much-awaited production, fans can see their favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing villains (Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Electro, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus) come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza debuting in Southern California for the first time ever.
The show opens March 26th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., April 9th at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. and May 1st at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
In an exclusive interview with Living Out Loud, actor Romeo Brown (“Welcome to the Family,” “Dexter,” “JAG,” “Charmed”) chats about his involvement with Marvel Universe LIVE!, character he portrays, and plot of the show, among other things.
Living Out Loud: How did you first get involved with the Marvel Universe LIVE! tour?
Romeo Brown: I’m actor living in the L.A. area. I also have a great agent, who got me an audition for the acting side of it first, and then the stunt part of it. I kept getting callbacks and that’s pretty much how I got into it.
LOL: Can you tell us a bit about what you’ll be doing in the show?
RB: My character is Nick Fury, and what I do is get the superheroes together and fight villains. It’s the biggest stage this is done in live.
LOL: Describe your costume.
RB: The costume I would say is very SHIELD-esque. It’s spot-on compared to the films. Of course, this being a live show, it has some modifications but it’s very sharp.
LOL: What are some of the things you guys are doing to prepare for the shows here in the greater L.A. area?
RB: It’s very strenuous due to the physical nature of it, and because it’s live. We trained for 3 months down in Florida for 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. That’s really what got us prepared, and also doing the show every week in different cities.
LOL: Growing up, were you a fan of any of these characters?
RB: Of course! They’re superheroes and everybody loves superheroes. I loved Wolverine, I loved The Hulk…so to be able to be on this stage now and see these characters come to life is just so overwhelming. Every time I see a child in the audience living out a dream, that’s one of the most important things. They may see the characters in a movie, or walking around in a theme park, but to see them live, it makes their imaginations grow.
LOL: What can you tell us about the overall plot of the show?
RB: The basic plot is we’ve got the cosmic cube. The cosmic cube holds all the power. It has the power to take over all the universe, everything. Bad things can happen if it falls in the wrong hands, so the obvious thing to do with something like that is to destroy it. Thor attempts to destroy it by smashing it, but what happens is all these evil-doers find pieces of it. It’s so powerful that even a piece of it can do a lot of damage. So Loki and Doc-Ock find all these pieces, and it’s up to us to find them and destroy them. So I collect all the superheroes – Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Widow, the whole team, and it’s imperative we get them back before the villains put it together and form a more powerful force.
LOL: What can you tell us about the technology used in the show?
RB: It’s the most advanced technology I’ve ever seen. We have a real-life Hulk and looks very real. All the 3D imaging we use is state of the art, as is the pyro stuff and the costumes. We use more projector screens than any other live public event.
LOL: Why should our readers go see the show?
RB: I would say, it’s a once in a lifetime thing. Marvel is one of the biggest things going on right now. To be able to see the first-ever live show based on the movies is something people will never forget. It’s absolutely mesmerizing. That’s the way I feel about it as a character, so I know the audience watching will feel the same. It’s breath-taking.
For more information or to purchase tickets, www.marveluniverselive.com.