Alcons V-Series at heart of Hadestown
Thursday, 31 October 2019
alcons-audio-press-release-broadways-hadestown-production-photoHadestown has won eight Tony Awards
USA - Currently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, the musical Hadestown has won eight Tony Awards. One was for Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz’s sound design, which features 28 Alcons Audio V-series pro-ribbon monitors.
The Tony was the icing on the cake for Nevin and Jessica, who also won a Drama Desk Award for the Hadestown sound design, as well as being nominated in the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Nevin is a longtime user of Alcons pro-ribbon loudspeakers, including them in the sound design for Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton: An American Musical, both of which continue to attract sell-out audiences.
“Alcons pro-ribbon loudspeakers have proven to be an excellent tool for my Broadway productions,” says Nevin. “Hadestown, in its intimate home at the Walter Kerr Theatre, seemed a great fit for the Alcons sound.”
This was Jessica’s first time using Alcons products, but she already had a very favourable impression of them. “I heard Alcons speakers for the first time on Dear Evan Hansen and I found them impressive in the high frequency range, with a very smooth response,” she says.
For Hadestown, Nevin and Jessica specified 10 VR5 mini versatile monitors, 16 VR8 compact versatile monitors and a pair of VR12 mid-size versatile monitors.
“We used the Alcons components for rear orchestra, and side / rear mezzanine fills,” says Nevin. “We needed two sets of under balcony speakers and the addition of the VR5 to the Alcons VR line-up gave us a great option for a very compact system, which shared all of the excellent attributes of its larger siblings for the edge of the balcony rail and the remote areas of the mezzanine.”
Jessica concurs, saying “The size, smooth frequency response and power made them a great option for fill and under-balcony positions. The VR12 is great at providing both clarity and punch right where you need it. As a mezzanine far-fill at the Walter Kerr Theatre it helped us achieve a full sound to the farthest corners.”
(Jim Evans)

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