The Book of Mormon has made its way to Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, with sound designer Brian Ronan once again turning to Masque Sound for audio equipment.
Now on its second tour of the US, the hit musical has won nine Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.
“For this production, one of our main concerns was ensuring that our sound system and speakers would not interfere with the layout of the staging for the show,” said Cody Spencer, Brian Ronan’s associate sound designer. “A lot of our process involves strategising ways to provide optimal sound coverage – so that every word is heard throughout the theatre – while making the scenic department happy by keeping our system out of audience view and preventing it from inhibiting the main frame of the show.”
For The Book of Mormon at the Bank of America Theatre, Masque Sound is providing Sennheiser MKE-1 microphones for the lead actors and MKE-2s for other cast members. The gear list also features DPA 4061 microphones, L’Acoustics loudspeakers and a Digico UB MADI interface sound console – used to route a QLab directly to a Digico SD7, digitally.
Spencer also added that Masque Sound was helpful in getting him and his team urgent pieces of equipment when necessary. “If there was something that we were in need of, we just called over to Masque and they took care of us," he noted. "They were able to get us the equipment within a day or two, which was great. We really enjoy working with Masque Sound.”
Dating back to the vaudeville era, the 2,016-seat venue has hosted various other successful productions over the years, such as Movin’ Out, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Jersey Boys and Monty Python’s Spamalot.
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