QLab Powers Tony Winner War Horse

June 23rd, 2011 by Christopher  
 

War Horse at Lincoln Center recently had a hell of a night when they brought home 5 top honors from the 2011 Tony Awards.

Curious what drives all that magic? I was too. Turns out sound designer Christopher Shutt (who won the award for Best Sound Design of a Play), shared some of the secrets in the May 2011 issue of Lighting & Sound America:

The effects are played back on a QLab system, using 36 channels. “It has to be that big, to get the right effect,” Shutt says. “In the particularly complex sections of battle, we decided to synchronize all systems through QLab — video, lights and sound — to get the best impact. Some of the explosions that carry the narrative are triggered in this way. They couldn’t be called by the stage manager, as the audible trajectory or some of the missiles before they land means timing the cue would have been impossible.”

That brings us to five confirmed Tony Award-winning shows that were powered by QLab:

EDITED TO ADD: Just found out The Book of Mormon uses QLab too! That makes SIX confirmed Tony Award-winning shows powered by QLab:

  • War Horse (2011 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play)
  • The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Musical)
  • Fela! (2010 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Musical)
  • Billy Elliot, The Musical (2009 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Musical)
  • Equus (2009 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play)
  • South Pacific (2008 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Musical)

That means that there has never been a year that at least one of the Tony Awards for sound design did not go to a QLab-powered show. Not bad!

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