Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour takes fans on a whimsical yet rugged journey with an outdoor, funky aesthetic. Built by TAIT, the Man of the Woods stage is a wildly fun spectacle that transports every arena into your favorite backyard. The stage stretches the entire floor with a winding runway that features two satellite stages and several performance areas where Timberlake engages with fans while he sings and dances. Those not near the satellite stages are visually compensated with 35 projection silks depicting the singers’ every move. The silks are actually Roll Drops that are 8 feet wide, have 50 feet of projection space, release at 3 feet per second and are deployed by TAIT Nano Winches.
TAIT and Production Manager, Robert ‘Hydro’ Mullin, worked together on the 20/20 Experience in 2013, and are together again with an extended team for Timberlake’s Man of The Woods Tour. The entire team includes Production Manager, Robert ‘Hydro’ Mullin, Production Designers, Josh Zangen and Brian Bucker, Creative Producer and Lighting Designer, Nick Whitehouse and TAIT, Staging and Entertainment Automation providers.
Timberlake kicks off his show by performing ‘Filthy’ under a giant light rig that spells MOTW and made with LED rods. The rig is suspended by 16 active Nav Hoists and lights up the arena. The 68 ft. wide, circular main stage includes two upstage scissor lifts that connect to two ramp lifts and a center stage ramp lift creating an onstage, automated walkway. The walkway sits upstage from two, 22 ft. in diameter revolves where the Tennessee Kids are set up to jam out with Timberlake. To create the main stage walkway, TAIT Navigator cues the main stage revolves to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise while also cueing the scissor lifts and ramp lifts into proper set positions.
A massive, roller coaster-like runway, decorated with scenic trees and nature scenes etched into the flooring, extends from the main stage to a VIP Stage and a B-Stage. At the center of the arena, the scenic runway connects to the circular VIP stage which features a full bar and is enclosed by handrails detailed to look like branches and trees in a forest. Additionally, there is a section of LED flooring to separate the VIP area from general admission.
One of the most #instagrammable moments of the MOTW Tour was during Timberlake’s performance of ‘Mirrors’ when 18 Roll Drops deploy from TAIT Nano Winches and circle the VIP stage while displaying IMAG video content of mirror images to create an intimate moment. Each Roll Drop is 8 ft. wide and deploys 50 ft. of projection space via TAIT Navigator. When not displaying IMAG content, the Roll Drops display video content to match the theme and lyrics of each song. Timberlake’s performance of ‘Cry Me a River’ pulls at the heartstrings of everyone who experienced the Britney and Justin breakup and brings to life the iconic music video that exposed their demise. Replicating the award-winning music video starring a Britney Spears look-a-like and a thunderstorm of epic proportion, the Roll Drops display projection content depicting a beautiful illusion of a rainstorm as Timberlake and his dancers perform on the fog-filled stage.
As the show continues, Timberlake and a few vocalists from the Tennessee Kid’s make their way to the B-stage to share an acoustic jam session around a campfire that ascends from below the stage on a prop lift. Additionally, the B-stage slopes down to a lower performance platform featuring 168 grass actuators. During the performance, grass physically grows under him and his dancer’s feet as they strut down the runway. The custom-made grass actuators are also cued by TAIT Navigator.