Friday, January 17, 2014

10 Things You Didn't Know about Wicked

Broadway’s “Popular” show Wicked is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will return to the Fox Cities P.A.C. Feb. 12 through March 2. Think you know everything about the show? Guess again. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes fun facts to get a better idea of what it takes to tell the “untold story of the witches of Oz.”

• 250 pounds of dry ice are used per show on Broadway; 200 pounds will be used per show on the road.

• The electronics department uses enough power to supply approximately 12 houses. Including the sound and automation departments, the total would increase to 18 houses.

• 1,000 feet of steel cable was used to restring the flying monkey wings during the first year of the Broadway run.

• The carpentry department on Broadway has about 175,000 pounds of scenery and uses about 5 miles of cable to automate it.

• The dragon’s eyes are red LED bulbs that never burn out.

• The dragon’s wingspan is the same as a Cessna 172.

• The “life casts” for the animal masks take two to three hours, and the person loses most of their senses (smell, sight, hearing, touch) during that time.

• The show has 90 wigs and uses 70 during any given show. All are made of human hair, and made individually for each actor, using their own hairline in the front.

• During the first big “quick change,” 17 actors change from mob to students in 1.5 minutes (including costumes, wigs and shoes).

• There are 179 different types and finishes of leather used in shoes, gloves, hats and costume trim for Wicked.

Note: All of the above facts are about the Broadway version of the show unless otherwise, noted.

Tickets to Wicked are still available and start at $49. They can be purchased through or by calling (866) 870-2717. Patrons also may purchase tickets in person at the ticket office, by calling (920) 730-3760 or visiting to

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