FORT MYERS, FL JUNE 16, 2009 - To audiences, it may appear to work by magic. But the orchestration of all the audio gear used for the second North American tour for Broadway’s Wicked doesn’t involve any bubbling brew or witch’s mumbo-jumbo. Instead, the traveling production relies upon Wireworks’ fiber-optic audio distribution system.
Wicked’s designer Tony Meola and associate designer Kai Harada turned to sound rental company PRG Audio, which was responsible for providing all sound equipment, including a Stagetec Nexus digital audio interconnect and routing system, as well as fiber-optic cabling from Wireworks.
In addition, many of the Wireworks tails and trunks were custom ordered, as the show needed particular, non-standard lengths for the cable runs. Wireworks also manufactured several custom plates, including those with fiber optic connectivity points.
“Wireworks helped us determine the proper type of durable fiber-optic cable and connectors needed to make a road-worthy system,” said Harada. “Since Wireworks is a standard for Broadway touring and Broadway musicals, it was a natural choice to have the company’s cabling products involved with this show.”
“Each Broadway production requires a unique approach, as each has its own set of challenges - the Wicked road show was no different,” said Gerald Krulewicz, president of Wireworks. “We worked directly with the show to devise a complete fiber-optic system that could withstand the wear-and-tear of a touring production, while keeping up with the high sound quality that is expected on Broadway. Wireworks' proven reputation on Broadway provided the durability and reliability the system required.