Dinosaurs invade New York City

July 30, 2008 3:27:41 PM PDT
Dinosaurs take center stage in New York this weekend. "When they called me, I thought they had to be crazy," Scott Faris said.

He was a skeptic. He didn't believe you could make dinosaurs come to life, but that's what "Walking With Dinosaurs" is all about.

It's based on the BBC Series, and now it is a live show that cost about 20-million dollars to create.

Faris is the director.

"The dinosaurs in our show are the size scientists say they lived to be," Faris said.

Smaller dinosaurs are worn like a costume, but the big ones are operated by puppeteers who work mechanical devices called voodoo rigs. They are miniature versions of the dinosaurs with the same joints and range of movement as their life-sized counterparts.

Ten species are represented from the 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the T-Rex, the Stegosaurus and the largest of them all, the Brachiosaurus. It's 36 feet tall and 56 feet from nose to tail.

Walking With Dinosaurs will give 12 performances at Madison Square Garden through Sunday, August 3rd.

For ticket information, call 212-307-4111 or visit www.thegarden.com. Tickets are also available at the MSG box office.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bob Monek

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