Tokyo, Japan (March 9, 2005)–An Adamson SpekTrix compact line-array system has been permanently installed at the new Cats Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats, has enjoyed successful theatrical stagings across the globe, and although the Broadway and London productions have completed their extended, record-breaking runs, the popularity of Cats in Japan has never faded.
Running in the country since 1983, Cats, performed in Japanese by the Shiki Theatre Company, has been presented in a number of major cities including Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Shizuoka, Hiroshima and Sendai. Pulling in more than 5.7 million people over the course of almost 6,000 performances in Japan, the musical has returned to the city of Tokyo after an absence of eight years.
The specially designed Cats Theatre can accommodate a capacity of 1,200 on two levels of seating. The seating surrounds the round thrust stage in a 220-degree semi-circle. The audience is situated very close to the performance–there is only a distance of 55 feet from the lip of the stage to the back row of balcony seating.
The Cats Theatre employs an Adamson SpekTrix system comprised of eight SpekTrix and four SpekTrix subs. The system is ground-stacked on stage and aimed to provide audience coverage for both floor and balcony seating. The compact size of the SpekTrix system allows it to become easily concealed among strategically placed stage props.
The Shiki Theatre Company is responsible for having built a number of both temporary and permanent theater auditoriums within the country in which to house its performances. Collectively, the theaters present 2,800 shows per year.
Cats is slated for an open-end run in Tokyo, with tickets currently on sale for performances up to November 11, 2005.
Adamson Systems Engineering