Hit Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet has specified MICA and M’elodie loudspeaker systems from Meyer Sound for its US tour.
Having enjoyed successful permanent productions in Chicago and New York, Million Dollar Quartet (MDQ) has no embarked upon a tour of the US. And to accommodate venues seating from 1,400 to over 3,000, sound designer Kai Harada specified a Meyer Sound system based around MICA and M’elodie line array loudspeakers.
“My goal was to give the touring crew a system with a lot of flexibility, so they could adjust coverage angles for theatres of all shapes and sizes,” explained Harada. “With the M’elodie centre cluster and MICA side arrays, they have all the power they need for bigger houses, along with reliable consistency of sound—a quality at which Meyer systems always excel.”
On the MDQ tour, the bulk of the show’s energy is delivered by a split dual centre array of 20 M’elodie loudspeakers and the upper and lower side arrays comprising a total of 20 MICA loudspeakers. A left-right configuration of 600-HP subwoofers and a 700-HP at centre provide low end, while a total of 16 UPM-1P and UPJunior VariO loudspeakers supply fill and delay systems as needed. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with four Galileo 616 processors was also specified for the tour.
“This is a rock ’n’ roll show, but it was my goal to preserve the dynamic between the book scenes, the songs, and the big finale,” Harada said. “It’s important to hold a lot of punch in reserve, and this system certainly has it.”Article continues below
Harada is also the sound designer for resident productions of MDQ at Chicago’s Apollo Theatre and off-Broadway at New York’s New World Stages. The system in place in New York is based around a MINA line array in the centre with CQ-1 and CQ-2 loudspeakers on the sides, while the wide thrust staging in Chicago also employs CQ-1 loudspeakers with smaller UltraSeries models for delays and fills. All three systems for the touring and resident productions were supplied by PRG Audio.
Despite the many differences from venue-to venue, Harada credits the Meyer Sound systems with maintaining a uniform sound. “For me, it comes down to consistency and transparency,” he commented. “I can focus on bringing the audience closer to what is happening on stage with the confidence that the system won’t adversely colour their experience.”
Harada also specified Meyer Sound systems for MDQ’s 2010-11 run on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre and in London at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2011-12.
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