Amazing post by our friends from Wicked-tumblr blog FuckyeahWicked. Thought it was great to repost this.
– the Grimmerie is the most commonly stolen prop. The entire thing is hand made- the pages are calligraphed by a man in Germany, who sends them to a man in Italy who binds it with leather.
– The show has its own fabric mill which manufactures every piece of fabric in every costume, with custom dye lots. This means every costume internationally is identical.
– The company that made the green glass bottles went out of business, so the show bought every one they had left, to last for the rest of the years the show runs.
– The tour brings every piece of equipment they need with them, down to extension cords. The theatre provides nothing but the house and the electricity. (If the theatre cannot provide enough electricity, they rent generators and hook them up outside.)
– The dragon (“Norbert” after original Fiyero, Norbert Leo Butz) and the Oz head are made out of the same type of fiberglass as lightweight airplanes, and manufactured by the same prop shop as Saturday Night Live.
– The moving parts on the Oz head are operated by a modified bicycle. The brakes are the eyes and mouth.
– They use rope lights hidden behind sets to signal actors’ entrances.
– Large props and set are suspended overhead when not in use to save space. (Over my head after the show was the ‘Thank Goodness’ podium, Fiyero’s cart, and the ‘Defying Gravity’ lift, among others…)
– The “corn” is wrought iron and silk flowers.
– Glinda’s dress cannot be machine washed or dry cleaned. To wash it, a dresser puts it on and stands in the shower while the other dressers clean it by hand.
– Elphaba’s Act II dress is so heavy that the show travels with a physical therapist, who occasionally waits in the wings to ‘readjust’ the actress in-between scenes.
– Glinda’s stunt wand (for the Munchkinland scene) is made on a felt base so it can’t break when thrown on the stage. There are $5000 worth of rhinestones on it. The regular wand has even more, and is made by the same man in Pennsylvania who makes the crowns for the Miss America pageants.
– There are two pieces of music from the Oz film in the show. One is “Over the Rainbow” (“Unlimited, my future…”) and the other is “If I Only Had A Brain” (Fiyero’s underscoring near the end of the show)
– The radio control that “magically” moves Nessarose’s chair can be interfered with by helicopters and low flying planes. After an actress lost control of the chair and went into the orchestra pit, chair and all, every wheelchair is installed with a ‘kill switch’ for use in emergencies.
– The center track in the stage that pulls the Oz head and the bed is operated by a ‘linear plug’ that operates those by computer and provides the power for the lights and sound in the Oz head. (Tried to look this up online afterwards and couldn’t find it. It was a 10-pin plug, about a foot long) The belt that pulls them is made of Kevlar.
– Memphis, TN was the fastest turnaround for the 2nd national tour- they returned faster than they have to any other city. (It was #6 and #25, just over one year apart)
– Casting is currently in progress for the Amsterdam production 🙂
(Thanks to the stage manager who led the tour…I can’t find his name now… “How can I ever express my gratitution?”)
Ooh, I wondered what the string of lights was for (in San Francisco, they were red). I figured they signaled some sort of change in scenery but it seemed like sometimes they were on at more random times.
As anticipated by Broadway is Wicked the Broadway production of Wicked the Musical is welcoming to new cast members. Beginning performances on Tuesday, November 2, Etai Benshlomo will take on the role of Boq and Tom Flynn will assume the role of Dr. Dillamond.
They join a cast which includes Mandy Gonzalez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Andy Karl as Fiyero, and Jenny Fellner as Nessarose. Alex Brightman and Timothy Britten Parker will play their final performances as Boq and Dr. Dillamond, respectively, on Sunday, October 31 at 3:00pm.
Etai Benshlomo is making his Broadway debut in Wicked. His previous credits include: Wicked (San Francisco, first national tour), the MUNY (High School Musical, Annie, Gypsy, Les Misérables, etc.) and Kansas City Starlight (Fiddler on the Roof). Etai has appeared in the workshops of Little Miss Sunshine by William Finn and James Lapine (Sundance Institute) and On a Glorious Day (Snapple Theatre). He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan.
Tom Flynn’s Broadway credits include Juan Darien (Julie Taymor, dir.), How to Succeed…, Tommy (Des McAnuff, dir.). Touring credits include: Terrence McNally’s The Lisbon Traviata (starring Nathan Lane), Les Misérables (John Caird/Trevor Nunn dirs.), Evita, Chess, Wicked. Regionally he has had leading roles at Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, O’Neill Center, Studio Arena, SCR.
Fellow Ozzians if you happen to be in the tri-state area, go to the Liberty Science Center this Sunday, October 24th at 11am to learn about the science behind the special effects of WICKED.
BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN: SCIENCE EDITION
Meet some of the behind-the-scenes magicians from Wicked as they show the science behind many of the show’s special effects at the Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ). The one-hour presentation and Q&A session will begin at 11am on Sunday, October 24. Wicked fans can receive $3.00 off regular priced adult or child admission on October 24 only by using the code C034. For more information please visit http://www.lsc.org.
Fellow Ozzians It’s very simple to vote for our favorite show, Wicked The Musical as they are part of the Visit London Awards.
There is only one week left so hurry up! Let’s make our West End Ozians Win!
More additional articles on the Second National Tour now performing at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.