London (January 16, 2007)–Most of Broadway’s biggest shows originate in London and come to the U.S. later on. It doesn’t always work that way, however–one of the latest shows to transfer successfully from Broadway to the West End is the musical Wicked, which opened last September, and promptly broke box office records in the U.K. Sound design for the hit is by Tony Meola, with equipment supplied by London’s Autograph Sound Recording and including an 84-slot Cadac J-Type live sound production console.
Wicked.’ border=’1′> Richard George with the Cadac J-Type console at London’s Wicked.Head operator Richard George, remarked, “There are three of us on the team: myself at our great FOH position, which is somewhat larger than the norm, together with Suzie Hills and Gemma Smith backstage. Wicked is a top quality production in the true Broadway style, and it is also a fun show to operate, as I am constantly on the move. The sound system comprises the Cadac J-Type at the core, running the SAM automation system, and a full Meyer rig. The J-Type is a nice-sounding desk, always producing a good clear sound–I have mostly worked on Cadacs during my career, and once you get to know your way around one, it is perfect for the job.”
Meola’s design for the West End uses Meyer M1D and M2D line arrays as the principal systems, complemented by extensive use of other Meyer loudspeakers located all around the theatre. The sound system also includes 32 Sennheiser SK-5212 radio microphones.