The Bodyguard Gets On The Mic

The stage musical of The Bodyguard, currently playing at London’s Adelphi Theatre, relies on DPA Microphone’s d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones to capture the vocals of the cast members with spoken lines.
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Allerod, Denmark (May 20, 2014)—The stage musical of The Bodyguard, currently playing at London’s Adelphi Theatre, relies on DPA Microphone’s d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones to capture the vocals of the cast members with spoken lines.

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Written by Alexander Dinelaris and based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, the stage version of The Bodyguard features Beverley Knight in the role of Rachel Marron, with former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke taking over from June 2nd 2014.

Ania Klimowicz, Deputy Head of Sound for The Bodyguard, says DPA's d:screet 4060s were chosen because sound designer Richard Brooker and director Thea Sharrock didn’t want any microphones to be visible to the audience. The microphones were supplied by Autograph.

"We use paint, tape and make-up on the mics to make them look as invisible in the actors’ hair or wig as possible," Klimowicz explains. "We mainly use ‘mic clips’ and occasionally elastic to fix the mics to the performer's head. Male actors with shaved heads are probably our biggest challenge; in those cases, we abandon the usual center top of forehead fitting and fit the mic over the ear."

Klimowicz adds that most of the show jumps in dynamics, except for a couple of numbers such as Run to You which is mixed more like a musical theatre number.

"We use the head-mics here as the song moves as part of the story and a hand-held would somewhat break with the audiences' suspension of disbelief," she explains.

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