New York (July 6, 2007)--Last month, Broadway honored the best in theater and musicals at the 61st annual Tony Award ceremony, which was broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Each of the telecast's presenters, plus a performance by the cast of Spring Awakening, the night's big musical winner, relied on Sennheiser wireless microphone equipment, supplied by Wireless First and RF technology expert Kevin Sanford.
The cast of Spring Awakening performed using 20 Sennheiser SKM 5000 RF microphones with SK 5212 RF belt-packs at the Tony Awards. "The microphone complement for the show was 36 Sennheisers," reports Sanford. "There were 30 Sennheiser SK 5012 and SK 5212 compact belt-pack transmitters plus half a dozen combinations of SKM 5000 or SKM 5200 handheld transmitters with Neumann KK 105-S heads."
Performing a piece from Spring Awakening, which is about sexually frustrated German teenagers in the 19th century and is credited with helping to revive interest in Broadway through the use of rock songs in a period setting, the cast utilized 20 Sennheiser SKM 5000 RF microphones with SK 5212 RF belt-packs.
All of the show's presenters, which included Harvey Fierstein, Felicity Huffman and Usher, were on Sennheiser wireless lavalier microphone setups. "They were either on a lav or at a podium, and all the podiums were wireless," Sanford elaborates. Four Sennheiser Evolution Wireless IEM 300 G2 personal monitor systems were also on hand.
"We had over 100-plus frequencies in use," he says, noting that Rockefeller Center, NBC's headquarters, is just across the street from the theater. "And the doors are open all through rehearsals." But the Sennheiser systems worked well, according to Sanford: "It was fairly uneventful, which is my kind of show!"