November 2006 - Legendary Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe would have celebrated her 80th birthday this year. 'Marilyn - the
Musical' has been written in her honour, and the world premiere has been staged at the Gärtnerplatz Theatre in Munich, using
a fully networked (EtherSound) CAMCO-powered NEXO GEO S sound reinforcement system.
Incorporating famous Monroe songs like "Diamonds are a Girl`s Best Friend" and "I Wanna be Loved by You", the production also
includes new compositions, written especially for this musical, all performed live by orchestral players and a jazz band.
The Gärtnerplatz Theatre in Munich seats nearly 900 people in its four-tier auditorium. The sound reinforcement concept for
this production was put together by Robert Hermann, chief sound engineer at the Basle Theatre. For Anna Montanaro as Marilyn, the
PA settings had to be extremely precise, both for the loud, fast and rousing songs, as well as for the whispered " boop boop bee
doo". In addition, it had to take account of the musicians from the State Orchestra and the jazz band Die Konferenz, providing
the music for the show from the orchestra pit.
Sound design for the production called for a high-quality, space-saving PA system offering extremely accurate coverage. A NEXO
GEO S system, powered by CAMCO amps, was chosen. System planning was done by Robert Hermann, Dirk Buttgereit, head of the
Gärtnerplatz Theatre's sound engineering, and Axel Falk from 2projects in Berlin, which also provided the necessary
technical equipment. FOH engineer Stefan Schmidt, with his vast experience of musicals and concerts, played an essential part in
alignment and equalisation of the loudspeaker systems. Hans Jürgen Heitzer from Mega Audio, who was there to give the team
his help and advice, made a great contribution to the audio production.
On each side of the stage, NEXO GEO S cabinets were stacked on CD 12s, with NEXO PS 8s as near-field speakers at the edge of
stage above the orchestra pit. For the upper circles, NEXO PS10s were flown above the proscenium arch. The loudspeakers were all
driven by CAMCO Vortex 6s and CAMCO Tecton 28.2s and a PS 10 system amp. As front fills (L/R), PS 8s were used and the same two
speakers also provided the monitoring for the rhythm section.
After the success of this project, Axel Falk is once again full of praise. "As expected, the equipment from CAMCO and NEXO put in
an excellent performance. I recommended Stefan Schmidt as FOH and Hans Jürgen Heitzer from Mega Audio for the realisation
team - and it was our teamwork that put the finishing touches to the whole project. All in all, this project was a complete
For further information contact::
2projects - 12527 Berlin
Gärtnerplatz Theatre in Munich
Marilyn Musical Productions-GmbH
Photographs by Ida Zenna