Cadac J-Type Console for Lion King
success story for Disney's Lion King continues, with the latest production
opening in London's West End - at The Lyceum Theatre - on 19th October
1999. Sound design is once again by Tony Meola, who won the 1998
Drama Desk Award for his original work on the Broadway show. The
show includes a 89-input Cadac J-Type Live Production console, equipped
with motorised faders - with sound equipment supplied by London's Autograph
Sound Recording. Wireless microphone system is a Sennheiser 40 channel
Em 1046 using SK50 transmitters.
The company totals 46, led by thirteen principals - including Josette
Bushell-Mingo as Rafiki, Stephanie Charles as Shenzi, Rob Edwards as Scar
and Roger Wright as Simba. Six children play the young Simba and the young
Nala in rotation. Directed by Julie Taymor, the production features
scenic design by Richard Hudson and lighting by Donald Holder. To
date, Disney's Lion King has won 25 major awards, including the Tony Award
for best musical, and the show continues to attract audiences with its
mix of striking costumes, Elton John's award-winning score and popular
story line. Even prior to opening, the London production announced a new
booking period through to September 2000 - reflecting the show's huge success.
The Lyceum was completely refitted for the musical, with sound designer
Tony Meola translating his acclaimed sound for the Broadway show and commenting:
"There are many similarities between the theatres, although the Lyceum
does have much tougher acoustics, which presented us with some challenges.
We were able to transfer the sound design with relatively few changes,
plotting in the automation software from the Broadway show to set up the
Cadac and sound system. Space is not such an issue in London, giving
us a more open front of house desk configuration. Next on the agenda
is the opening in March of Lion King in Toronto - this will become the
model for future tours and other productions world-wide, with the objective
being to put the software in, knowing that the show will run to the correct
model. This gives us the repeatability and control that is required to
ensure consistency of performances wherever the show runs globally".
First launched in 1992, the Cadac J-Type has established itself as
the world's leading console for major musical productions. The most
recent evolution of the console involved the introduction of a range of
Programmable/Recallable modules, suitable for retrofitting in existing
J-Type frames. These modules allow users to store and recall all
potentiometer and switch settings during a performance, including those
of the Routing, EQ and Insert points, on a cue by cue basis, giving the
J-Type considerably enhanced automation facilities. The Programmable/Recallable
modules use nulling LEDs to assist with fast, manual reset in low-light
conditions - as pioneered by Cadac on the Concert Board - and currently
comprise Dual Input Channels, Stereo Input Channels and a Sub Group &
Matrix, with Sub Group VCA assignment to a DC Master.
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