Final weekend of a Wicked treat
June 7th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Youâ€™ve probably seen the green posters taped up around the city, with the shadowy face of a mischievous-looking witch peering out. Itâ€™s Wicked, and itâ€™s on stage for its final weekend at the Orpheum Theater.
â€œWicked is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, which is in turn based on Frank Baumâ€™s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,â€ explains producer Marc Platt, speaking on a promotional video for the Broadway show.
Wicked is the story of the Wizard of Oz, but told from the witchesâ€™ point of view. Beginning long before Dorothy enters the picture, Wicked centers on the relationship between two very different girls, who meet in college. One is beautiful, popular and blond; the other is dark, misunderstood, and green. The two girls go on to become Glinda the Good and the Elphabab, the Wicked Witch of the West.
The story, adapted from Maguireâ€™s novel, was originally imagined by Platt as a film. But Platt was approached by Music Director Steven Schwartz, who suggested bringing the production to the stage. The production team, augmented by Director Joe Mantello and writer Winnie Holzman kept the cinematic feel of larger-than-life scenery and effects.
â€œThereâ€™s magic on stage, with monkeys flying, broomsticks levitate,â€ Platt said.
Edward Pierce, Associate Scenic Designer, walking the promotionâ€™s audience through a scene shop in New York City, said â€œThereâ€™s a lot of scenery that the audience never seesâ€¦ Thereâ€™s lots of staircases and thingsâ€¦ Thereâ€™s always twice as much scenery on stage than people ever see, just to make the scenery we do see that much more wonderful.â€
Wicked opened on Broadway in 2003, and has since toured the country, racking up several awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. It is now showing at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Omaha, before it heads to Vancouver, Canada and Washington D.C. Itâ€™s the final weekend at the Orpheum for the production, which ends Sunday, June 12th.
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