Behind the Scenes of Boston’s Broadway Musical, “Wicked”

Behind closed doors: behind the scenes of the Broadway musical in Boston, “Wicked”

Shayna Seymour goes backstage at the Citizens Bank Opera House and becomes Elphaba for a day



SHANA: HIT MUSICAL WICKED RETURNS TO BOSTON. >> FOR THE FIRST TIME, I FEEL NASTY. >> TO UNDERSTAND WHERE IT ALL STARTED, WE FIRST GO BEHIND THESE DOORS IN CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS. WE FOUND HERE GREGORY MAGUIRE, AUTHOR OF THE 1995 NOVEL, PREQUEL OF THE WIZARD OF OZ. >> WHEN THE IDEA FINALLY GOT AWAY THAT I COULD TAKE THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST AND USE IT AS A WAY TO FOCUS PEOPLE’S ATTENTION ON WHAT WE DO WHEN CALLING PEOPLE. IT TOOK ME ABOUT NINE MONTHS TO WRITE. ♪ >> IN 2003, BROADWAY CALLS. TURNING WICKED INTO ANTONIO WINNING — TONY WINNING MUSICAL. BRINGING TO LIFE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE VACANT WITCH OF THE WEST AND THE GOOD WHO. AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE LAND OF THE VASE – BEFORE CURTAIN CO-OP, WE GET A PASSAGE BEHIND THE SCENES OF EMERALD CITY. EXPRESS ALL THE MAGIC. HELLO OZ. THREE DAYS BEFORE THE TOUR COMPANY OPENED HERE AT THE CITIZENS BANK OPERA HOUSE, THE PRODUCTION COMPANY WAS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. >> WE HAD A SHOW ON SUNDAY NIGHT. EVERYTHING IS REMOVED IN FIVE HOURS. . >> STANDARD PRACTICE, SAYS REGERATOR DAVID O’LEARY. WICKETT HAS NOW BEEN PERFORMED IN OVER 100 CITIES AND 16 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE. >> IT TAKES APPROXIMATELY 30 HOURS TO SET UP THE SHOW. WE HAVE A TEAM OF APPROXIMATELY 100 PEOPLE WORKING UNLOADING TRUCKS, PUSHING BOXES, UP SPEAKERS, UP LIGHTS. WE TRAVEL WITH JUST LESS THAN 20 PEOPLE AND THE REST ARE LOCAL. >> YOU ARE LOOKING FOR OVER $2 MILLION COSTUMES. EVERYTHING CUSTOMIZED FOR EACH ACTOR. >> COMPANY DIRECTOR STEVE QUINN SAYS WELL MORE THAN 500 PIECES OF CLOTHING AND 100+ WIGS MAKE UP THE VILLAIN COSTUME PILOT. DESCRIBED AS TWISTED EDWARDIAN. >> I SEE SOMETHING BLUE AND FOR THE — >> THIS IS THE ICONIC BUBBLE DRESS. >> MY GOODNESS. >> WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT IS A $15,000 DRESS. >> CAN I DO THIS? >> READY? >> IT’S HEAVY. A $15,000 DRESS IS HEAVY. >> IT – MEET THE WOMAN WHO WEARS THIS 25 POUND DRESS DAILY. >> POPULAR, YOU WILL BE POPULAR ♪ [LAUGHTER] >> ACTRESS JENNIFER NEWBERRY PLAYS GALINDO. WHAT IS THIS OPPORTUNITY LIKE? >> IT’S AMAZING. I FEEL HONORED TO JOIN THE RANKS. IT’S SO FUN. IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE. >> TELL ME ABOUT YOUR OPENING LINE. >> IT’S ICONIC. >> IT’S GOOD TO SEE ME, ISN’T IT? DURING THE STOP, EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW AMAZING IT WILL FEEL TO HEAR SO WIDELY. FOR MANY OF THESE AUDIENCES, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME OF RETURNING TO THE THEATER. >> HAIR TOSS PERFECTION. >> PUT ON YOUR HIP HOP AND YOU WILL TOSS. >> HOW WAS IT? >> PERFECT. YOU ARE A NATURAL. >> LAUNCH, LAUNCH. >> SHE COMES FOR MY JOB. >> I ADMIT IT, RIDING 30 FEET HIGH ON A BUBBLE HAS ITS ADVANTAGES. >> NOW THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE AN ENTRY. >> SITTING IN THE MAKEUP CHAIR RESERVED FOR OLESSA DE GUZMAN IS VERY COOL TOO. >> I DID NOT KNOW I WAS UNEMPLOYED. >> I JUST MAKE YOU BE FOR A FEW MINUTES IF THAT IS CORRECT. SHANA: AS A MAKEUP ARTIST EXTRAORDINARY, JOYCE TURNS ME INTO A WICKED WITCH. THE PROCESS TAKES APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES. JOYCE, WHO HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR 16 YEARS, CAN DO IT IN SEVEN, IF NECESSARY. SHANA: YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS PROCESS. >> I HOPE. ALL THIS TIME, HE MAKES SURE A WEEK GIVES YOU LOTS OF PRACTICE. SHANA: WHAT’S HAPPEN HAS TO STOP. MAKEUP REMOVAL TAKES APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES. >> COCONUT OIL, SOAP, SCRUB, AND THEN IT DOESN’T REMOVE COMPLETELY BECAUSE THERE ARE STAINS I CAN’T SEE. FROM TUESDAY TO SUNDAY, I LIVE WITH GREEN ON ME AND THAT SHOWS PART OF THE ROLE. I LOVE HOW SHE IS MAD. HE REMINDED ME TO BE SOLID AND WHO I AM AND TO STAND UP FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN. SHANA: WHILE DEFYING GRAVITY. [LAUGHTER] ANTONY: Well done. YOU HAVE A GIFT THERE. WICKED WAS THE FIRST BROADWAY PRODUCTION TO RETURN FROM LOCKDOWN DURING THE PANDEMIC. THEY OPENED AUGUST 2021 IN DALLAS, THEN BACK ON BROADWAY AFTER. SHAYNA: I FOUND IT INTERESTING THAT MEN – A LOT OF CAST AND CREW DON’T HAVE A HOME BASIS. THEIR HOME BASES WHATEVER WHICH CITY THEY ARE ON TOUR. THEY ARE IN BOSTON FOR EIGHT WEEKS, SO THIS WILL BE THEIR HOME. WICKED IS A GREAT SHOW FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND WILL BE HERE UNTIL JULY 24TH. VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Behind closed doors: behind the scenes of the Broadway musical in Boston, “Wicked”

Shayna Seymour goes backstage at the Citizens Bank Opera House and becomes Elphaba for a day

Broadway’s “Wicked” is back in Boston until July 24. Have you ever wondered what a Broadway show looks like behind the scenes? Shayna Seymour meets and greets the cast and finds herself going green at the end of the day. “Wicked”, on stage at the Citizens Bank Opera House, is part of the Broadway series in Boston.

off-Broadway”Nastyis back in Boston until July 24. Ever wondered what a backstage Broadway show looks like? Shayna Seymour meets and greets the cast and finds herself turning green at the end of the day. “Wicked”, on stage at the Citizens Bank Opera House, is part of the Broadway in Boston series.