Zaxcom makes Broadway debut in ‘Sunday in the Park With George’

Zaxcom’s TRX900 wireless microphone systems are being used for the first time on Broadway in the musical "Sunday in the Park With George," showing at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 in New York. On stage through June 15, this is the American premiere of the new, five-time Olivier Award-winning production of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical.

New Jersey-based Masque Sound is handling the audio production, and is subhiring the Zaxcom systems from UK-based Orbital Sound, which selected and successfully used the TRX900 systems during the London debut of the musical at a West End theater in 2007. The Zaxcom units support 16 audio tracks — two from the lead character playing George and 14 among other cast members.

"I was blown away by the quality of these systems when we first used them on 'Sunday in the Park With George' in West End," said Sebastian Frost, creative director and sound designer for Orbital Sound. "They are very stable systems and provide an open, natural sound. One of the bigger challenges in working at Studio 54 has been creating a robust yet intimate sound, particularly with a small orchestra that is set off to the side instead of in a pit. The Zaxcom systems have performed beautifully, providing us with a high level of control and the ability to create this feeling of intimacy throughout the entire auditorium."

Zaxcom's TRX family of wireless microphone systems is well-suited for settings where mobility, premium sound quality and superior performance are of equal concern. The wide feature includes support for IFB audio and remote control signals.

"For Masque Sound, digital wireless microphones are clearly the final frontier in the digital audio revolution," said Scott Kalata, director of sales services for Masque Sound. "They are proving to be reliable and easy to work with, and — most importantly — the people who use them every night are very comfortable with the technology."

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