By Taylor | June 12, 2013
I saw my first Broadway show this past Sunday … you’ll never guess which one it was …
OH man. I’ve always had an obsession with musicals. And maybe it started with High School Musical … who cares? I’ve watched it, I’ve moved on. To more … adult-like musicals. Get off my back … okay?!
But really, High School Musical may have ignited an interest for me in the combination of song and dance. I’ve traveled the musical road – through movies – from HSM to Hairspray to RENT to Chicago (which I REALLY want to see live…maybe in Chicago). And now I’ve seen one live in front of me, at a pretty close distance!
My best friend Liz has always told me how awesome “Wicked” is. I knew a couple of the songs from Glee already … whoops. And everyone else has raved and raved and raved about Wicked. So when I heard they were in Columbus, I freaked out. I decided that this was going to be my first Broadway musical, and I’m going to get there one way or another.
And thus I did. And I watched the entire show with my eyes wide and my jaw dropped. Not only was I astounded by the beauty of the Ohio Theater (it’s pretty incredible if you have not been inside there), but the production of the show, the voices of the actors, the dancing, the songs, EVERYTHING was so captivating I think I forgot to breathe.
Once the show was over, I even got to meet a few of the cast members, including the actress who played Elphaba! I went as part of the Ohio State Alumni Association (the person I went with was an alumni) and our group had the privilege of having a talkback with them! Here were the parts that surprised me most:
– The Wicked Production that is traveling with this company is a $14 million production out of New York City.
– They travel all over the country, including Columbus, OH, with FOURTEEN semi trucks for their production. I worked on America’s Got Talent for a week and they only had FIVE semi trucks for their production in Chicago. Wicked has FOURTEEN. Incredible.
– In one of those 14 semi trucks, the company carries their own stage, including the FLOOR. So the stage floor is exactly the same at each venue. I looked up at the stage and it’s about a 10″ thick and has speakers in it!
– Every single cast and crew member has a mic. That’s about 32 mics total! AND, there are only TWO sound mixers that have to keep up with which mics to turn on and off when and for how long. For example, during the duets when two characters are extremely close to one other, they have to turn off one of the mics so that there isn’t screeching feedback coming through!
– And lastly, it only takes about 7 minutes to turn Elphaba green. SEVEN minutes. So when her standby is watching backstage and … well … “standing by” … if she needs to be completely green, they can do it QUICK. And you won’t even notice the difference in the two. BUT, it takes about an hour and a half to get it off!
I learned a lot of things about musical productions that day. The most important one: if you have not seen a broadway musical – LIVE, not Hairspray with Jon Travolta – then you need to immediately. Even if you don’t think you’ll like it, you HAVE to do it … just for the experience. :)