Saturday Night TV brought to the Stage
Going 'behind the microphones and under the judges’ desks to reveal big bust-ups, huge voices and the cutest young love story the West End has ever seen', I Cant Sing is the X-Factor based musical written by Harry Hill. Nestled in the very impressive (and demonstrating how we are very much a digital world now) FOH setup is dual redundant CSC Control system, in charge of desk and sound effects control duties. Last reprorts from site implied there were more CSC cues than LX cues! Sound design by Gareth Owen.
Fame finds its feet in 2014
Back again for a new 2014 UK tour, Bill Kenwrights new revamp of Fame has been reworked to fit with the times. Music has been updated to reflect the current trends in pop music, with almost dub-step style breakdowns in the impressive 'Dancin' on the Sidewalk' dancebreak. Sound was a heavy part of the new production, and 2 dual redundant CSC systems are in place, 1 for surround sound sound effects, and the other a 24-channel playback system for additional click tracks. CSC's timeline made rehearsal period much quicker when click tracks needed a quick trim off the beginning or starting later into the track. Some tracks consisted of 32 audio stem files, so a fast playback system was a must. FOH control is a Digico SD10 and PA is d&B. Sound design by Dan Samson.http://www.kenwright.com/index.php?id=1361
The Fonz takes to the Stage
Happy Days – A New Musical is written by Garry Marshall, the legendary creator of the television series, is here again with the premiere of a brand new UK tour based on the hit TV series, featuring the unforgettable 'King of Cool' Arthur 'The Fonz' Fonzarelli. After following producer Amy trying to get the show off the ground in 'The Sound of Musicals' on UKs Channel 4, the show is now out on tour. FOH is based around a Yamaha CL5 mixing console, with a dual CSC system providing all other sound effects and control requirements. Sound design is by Ben Harrison.http://happydaysthemusical.com/
Ice Skating Redefined for a new Generation!
Olympic champion and head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins has hand-picked the greatest ice skaters from around the globe to bring his incredible new production to life. Dynamic and atmospheric Robin Cousins’ ICE will draw you into its unique world, where world class skaters glide, soar, flip and fly in a truly theatrical setting. ICE features a powerful soundtrack of original music and reworked modern classics designed to delight and enthrall. With no live band, a dual CSC system is providing all musical accompaniment via multi-track playback fired and mixed by the operator. http://www.robincousinsice.com/
Beatlemania is back!
Having been seen by over 500,000 people, the smash hit West End production of the Beatles show LET IT BE is now embarking on a tour of the UK and Ireland, starting at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, on 28 February 2014. LET IT BE showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band, in a spectacular theatrical concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. Added to the tour after finding its uses on the New York production, a dual CSC system complements the Avid Venue mixing system to relive a night out with the Beatles. http://www.letitbelondon.com/
Welcome to the criminal blunder-world!
Freedom finally beckons for delinquent villain Algie Packer. He’s done seven years inside and now he’s coming home to spend his carefully stashed cash – ?3.5 million in untraceable notes. But there’s something Algie’s family has forgotten to mention… Starring Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard, Barking In Essex is a riotously funny new comedy set in the 'criminal blunder-world'. A remote controlled, dual redundant CSC system is in place for all things sound related. Sound design by Gareth Owen.http://www.barkinginessex.co.uk/
The Story of the Johnstone twins continues to Tour
Having completed over 24 years in Londons West End, Blood Brothers is one of the longest running musicals, and can usually be found somewhere in the country. The story is a contemporary nature and nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins who were separated at birth. The twins' different backgrounds take them to opposite ends of the social spectrum, and ultimately to a tragic end. Following on from its 2012 closure at the Phoenix Theatre in London, the UK tour has had some musical updates and subsequentally the inclusion of a CSC playback system for Sound Effects and additional Click Tracks. http://www.midnighttango.co.uk/
Its back to the Golden Era and the Birth of Pop!
Dreamboats and Petticoats is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesmen and Shine On Harvey Moon, and features classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more, including Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C’mon Everybody, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era! A CSC playback system complements the sound setup for music playback and sound effects duties. http://www.dreamboatsandpetticoats.com/
Singin' in the Rain makes a Splash on Tour
Direct from the West End, this superbly enjoyable production of Singin’ in the Rain is a smash hit with critics and audiences alike. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind. This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinseltown glamour of one the world’s best loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain. A dual CSC systems sits alongside an Avid venue mixing system to perform sound effects and click track duties as well as master MIDI control.http://www.singinintherain.co.uk/
Taking Londons Fashionable Street on Tour
Carnaby Street is a stunning new musical, set against the backdrop of London's West End in the Sixties, the famous clubs, trendy fashions and eccentric characters, at a time full of hope and freedom, when the world is changing and anything seems possible. A fabulous celebration of the sixties, featuring the timeless music of The Beatles, Manfred Mann, The Animals, The Searchers, The Who and other great bands of the era. Sound design by Ben Harrison includes a Yamaha PM1D and dual CSC system for playback duties. http://www.carnabystreetthemusical.com/
Joseph and his brothers continue to tour UK
The Iconic show, 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' retells the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. A dual redundant CSC system is on board for sound effects and click track duties.http://www.kenwright.com/index.php?id=637
CSC helps Olivier Nominated Sound Design in Londons West End
After a successful tour of the UK, the tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Hollywood's golden age has been brought to Londons West End. Nominated for 7 Olivier awards, including Best Sound Design, the show is a celebration of 1930's song and dance, packed full of Irving Berlins Greatest Hits including "Top Hat", "Cheek to Cheek" and "Lets Face the Music and Dance". Sound design, by Gareth Owen, is based around an A-B speaker system and a Yamaha PM1D mixing system. Vast numbers of radio microphones are employed, including actors' tap shoes and special hat microphones, leaving the dual CSC system little time to rest keeping control of the desk scenes and effects changes, as well as click track playback and spot sound effects. Good luck to the show for the Oliver Awards!http://www.tophatonstage.com/
Not just plays and musicals: Opera with CSC
An iconic structure in Londons Convent Garden, the Royal Opera House continues its use of CSC to aid productions, such as the revival of Metamorphosis in the Linbury Theatre. CSC is being used to run 16-ch multi-track cues in a 12-ch PA setup plus 2 radio spot FX speakers. There are also 60 spot FX cues being triggered by the stage manager on a keyboard via MIDI triggers.http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-metamorphosis-by-arthur-pita