HILLSIDE, NJ – As a staple on Broadway, Wireworks Corporation was cast to provide fiber-optic cabling for the hit show, WICKED, on its second North American tour. Wireworks digital cable assemblies and custom interface panels were instrumental to the road show, making it the first production of WICKED to be equipped with a fiber-optic audio distribution system.
In order to orchestrate all the sound equipment, the WICKED production team of 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 durable 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,” says Kai 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,” says 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. ”
This second North American touring production of WICKED started out in Fort Myers, Florida earlier this year and will continue to thrill audiences around the country for the remainder of 2009 and beyond.
“WICKED, winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and three Tony® Awards, tells the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.
Now celebrating its 35th Anniversary, Wireworks Corporation is the pioneer in professional audio/video cabling products. Headquartered in Hillside, NJ, Wireworks has established cabling standards that are still in use today. Wireworks manufactured the very first multi-channel audio cables and the first multi-pin interconnect system. The company also introduced the first colored microphone cables, the first mixed audio/video multi-pin interconnect system, and the first and only multi-pin connector system that can accommodate audio, video, data, and control signals in a simple, easy-to-use connector.
From Broadway to broadcast, theatres, auditoriums, arenas, corporate boardrooms, operating rooms and houses of worship installations, Wireworks remains the leader in audio/video cabling systems, microphone splitters and interface panels, continuing to set standards through its inventive products. Wireworks takes pride in its innovative designs and its personalized customer service. For more information, visit www.wireworks.com or call 1-800-642-9473.