Award winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon is on tour around North America with an L-Acoustics KARA system supplied by New Jersey-based Masque Sound.
Sound design is being provided by Brian Ronan, who was responsible for the show's original run at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre in Manhattan, and the first production, which officially premiered at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre following a two-week preview in Denver, features a centre array of 14 KARA enclosures flown just above the centre of the proscenium.
Speaker towers on the left and right sides of the stage each contain three small KARA arrays – five enclosures for orchestra seating, four for mezzanine, and five for balcony – built into focusable gimbals to address the three primary audience areas. A single SB18 sub is placed into the base of each tower, with two more positioned up in the mezzanine for additional LF fill.
"The Pantages is quite a wide theatre, so KARA's nice wide, consistent dispersion pattern made it a particularly ideal solution for the room," said Ronan. "With our mini-arrays housed in the speaker tower gimbals, we're able to very effectively spread the audio throughout each of the seating areas.
"KARA's midrange seems slightly more pronounced than dV-DOSC, which is a pleasant thing, especially in theatre as it naturally allows the vocal to pop out in a way that I find quite desirable. The speaker is now a part of my standard touring package. With its compact size and rigging improvements, the system can pack into three-quarters of a truck, be driven to the next venue, and be ready for a show within 16 hours."
The second production – starting out at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre in mid-December – will feature a different loudspeaker setup. The centre downfill array of KARA is comprised of only nine enclosures flown nearly parallel to the floor to avoid occluding an important gag during the show – a spinning statue of the angel Moroni. "We had a very similar scenic issue with the original Broadway production and ultimately ended up using a horizontal array of dV-DOSC, which worked great as a spot fill, so when we ran into the same architectural challenge with the theatre in Chicago, we knew that KARA would also be ideal," added Ronan.Article continues below
A third production of The Book of Mormon is currently being prepped for its international premier at London's Prince of Wales Theatre in March 2013.
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