The vision for 24K BRUNO began early 2017 when Director/Producer, Shane was working at an open mic evening for The Hertfordshire College of Music, where he teaches music tuition. He introduced on stage, a diploma student called Andres Cruz, who was showcasing his own material, as well as performing cover songs. Shane was immediately struck by Andres talent, as he sang and played the piano. The audience seemed to love him, and when he performed a couple of Bruno Mars hits, Shane had the first sparks of an idea! Having played for various other tribute acts himself, Shane could see the incredible potential in Andres, and thought what an amazing tribute to Bruno Mars he could be. After the set was over, Shane spoke to Andres about whether he had ever considered anything like it before, and the response was; ‘No, but I’d like to!’
Time passed, and with Andres busy with the last stages of his diploma course, and Shane teaching and performing, the initial conversation hadn’t gotten much further. That was until Shane unexpectedly received a call from an agent putting on a showcase in Brighton, who was looking for a Bruno Mars tribute. Shane was straight on the phone to Andres to see if he was still interested in working together, and thankfully he was! With only just over a week to get prepared, Shane called upon friend and colleague, Jenny Bater-Sinclair, Director of successful dance school and production company, Hip Hop Pop. Jenny choreographed and taught Andres and 3 other dancers routines to 24K Magic and Uptown Funk, whilst Shane created the music and rehearsed the band. The showcase was really well received, and performing Bruno’s tracks live had been so much fun. Everyone had pulled it together to put on such a great performance on such short notice, but what was next?
Shane knew that they were onto something very big, and couldn’t allow the idea of the show to rest, whilst waiting for agents to come forward with offers of work. He decided to go ahead and book The Harlow Playhouse himself, under Hip Hop Pop Productions. With barely any funds, the whole show had to be built, produced, and created by one man, who was fortunate enough to receive help from some of his very talented and generous family and friends! With Jenny and Hip Hop Pop on board, the whole process snowballed, with additional help coming from Flying Shark Media creating the screen work, and On The Spotlight putting their magic touch on the show with some fantastic lighting. Finally, a year on from when the project began, with a lot of dedication and hard work from the man himself, Andres Cruz, we’re finally here. 24K BRUNO is now complete and ready for the big stage!!.....Pop Pop it’s Showtime!
THE MAGIC BEHIND 24K BRUNO
THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND 24k BRUNO...
SHANE LEE SMITH - DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Shane is the Director and MD for 24k Bruno! Shane has been playing and performing in the music industry for around 30 years now. He has a strong background in the music industry which has seen him performing all over the world with his own original projects, and many known acts and artists, including Kim Wilde, Lil Chris, and Christian Burns (BBMak), to name a few. Shane has also supported and toured with major artists including Bon Jovi, Calvin Harris, Sugababes, Zakk Wylde, Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Mcfly.. and many more. Shane is also a teacher of music with over 100 students each week, and enjoys the occasional studio sessions with Tom Nichols.
Shane is also Musical Director for Motown show 'Get Ready', American Classic Rock Show - 'Westrock', and touring MD for the #2 Tribute to Michael Jackson in the world - 'Forever Jackson'.
Jenny is 24k Bruno's Choreographer and also director of one of the most successful street dance schools in the UK: Hip Hop Pop. Jen's Hip Hop Pop team perform professionally for a handful of tribute shows, as well as for corporate events, and the occasional music video. The team also teach around 1000 students a week! Jen has Choreographed for some of the most successful people in the tribute industry including Forever Jackson, Madonher and Get Ready, and also toured and produced her own street dance theatre show for the UK theatre market. With an incredible team of dancers under her knowledge and skills, she re-creates all of Bruno's incredible dance routines and more!
Check out more what Jen and her HipHopPop team do @ www.hiphoppop.net
JENNY BATER-SINCLAIR - CHOREOGRAPHER
Greg is a very talented stage, and backdrop screen designer with many years of knowledge on the scene. His lighting effects and backdrops are second to none and create that extra magic behind the whole show. Working for Flying Shark Media, he creates promotional material, film footage and more. Check out what Greg and the team at Flying Shark Media do, and create magical moments for your projects! We can't thank Greg enough for all the time he has put in creating all the extra effects behind the scenes.
Check out more from Greg & Flying Shark Media!
GREG MALONE - SCREEN WORK
Richard is a professional Lighting Designer and owner of OnTheSpotlight lighting company. He has been in the business for many years, and is well known for setting the mood, and creating magic with his incredible lighting displays.
Richard has designed and created the lighting for some of the most successful shows in the industry, and has been able to travel the globe with them. Most recently these have included 'Some Guys Have All The Luck' & 'Billie Joel Songbook'.
Check out more about Richard and OnTheSpotLight @ www.onthespotlight.co.uk