|Client||Jeffrey Richards & Associates|
|Concept||Arilyn® & Super Awesome Friends|
|Content||Arilyn® & Super Awesome Friends|
Originally from South Korea, the musical made its English debut in the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the US in early 2020. The musical is to enter Broadway in 2021. The production company Jeffrey Richards & Associates asked Arilyn to create an augmented reality experience for the marketing of the musical. They especially wished the experience to be made using WebAR technology to allow for an easy online sharing.
The objective was to give the audience a chance to get to know the helper-bots â€ "To learn about their unique features, owners and interests. We began our creative journey with thinking about different ways on how a robot would be advertised in the future. We concluded that a digital augmented reality brochure with a unique user interface would be one of the most obvious possibilities. The AR user interface (UI) gives users the chance to see a virtual version of a helper-bot named Claire. By navigating through the content, more information about her is being revealed. The UI also has links to the musical website to purchase tickets and to share the AR experience with a friend.
The imaginary Helper-bot corporation had a logo, so we had lots of creative freedom to design the UI for the company. Usually, we work with strict brand guidelines, so we were thrilled with the opportunity to get creative! We examined multiple options and designed various sketches. The inspiration to the final UI came from an unexpected source â€ "the ingenious staging of the musical itself. All in all, this was an enticing challenge. The resulting AR experience gives the user added value, while also fitting gorgeously to the overall feel of the musical.
The AR experience was launched in the BroadwayCon in January 2020, where it raised a lot of interest among the visitors. Or as Jim Glaub, the Founder of Super Awesome Friends, representing Maybe Happy Ending puts it: "It was thrilling to see this new way of interacting with fans. We found this was an exciting and natural way to share details about the show in a futuristic matter. It felt dramaturgically correct and was pretty cool, too!"
To see The Maybe Happy Ending musical we need to wait for it to enter the Broadway. Still, nothing is stopping you from entering into the fascinating future and testing the AR experience yourself! Just scan the QR code below with your mobile phone camera and follow the instructions!