Meyer Sound M1D and M2D Loudspeakers Follow Wicked Witches to Japan
Wicked, the dynamic musical inspired by the classic story, the Wizard of Oz, has blown through box-office records, making it one of the most popular musicals on Broadway and beyond. A Japanese production of Wicked opened in Tokyo this summer, becoming the fifth resident production after New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. Following the success of the other productions, a Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker system was once again deployed.
Veteran sound designer Tony Meola created a basic loudspeaker design template for all of the resident productions based on two main clusters each of Meyer Sound M2D compact and M1D ultracompact curvilinear array loudspeakers. That foundation remained unchanged as the show moved into Tokyo's 1,216-seat Dentsu Shiki Theatre SEA.
"We've done some tweaking here and there to accommodate the specific needs of this theatre, but we're following the same template," says Kai Harada, Associate Sound Designer. "It gives us the sound that everybody expects."
A significant "first" for the Tokyo production is the incorporation of a Meyer Sound Galileo loudspeaker management system. "I love the fact that I can walk through the theatre with a laptop and make changes via the Galileo system from any seat in the house," says Harada, who traveled to Tokyo to align the entire system using Meyer Sound's SIM 3 audio analyzer.
The twin center arrays tucked behind the wings of a dragon perched over the proscenium remain a trademark feature of all Wicked systems, with each array comprising 10 M1D loudspeakers. Left and right arrays of eight M2D loudspeakers each handle most of the orchestra mix. The remaining elements of the 93-cabinet Meyer Sound system include six 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers, 39 MM-4 miniature wide-range loudspeakers, four UPJ-1P compact VariO loudspeakers, four UPM-1P ultracompact wide coverage loudspeakers, and four UPM-2P ultracompact narrow coverage loudspeakers.
A German language production of Wicked has recently opened in Stuttgart, Germany, followed by an Australian production that will open in Melbourne in 2008.