RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - One of the most beloved productions to ever hit the stage in Richmond is back, and today 8News had a chance to go behind the scenes of the yellow brick road.
Steve Quinn, Wicked's Company Manager, describes the show. "What we say is the story before Dorothy dropped into the Wizard of Oz. Kind of what happened before she arrived and how things came to be."
Quinn spoke with ABC 8News while crew members worked together to build the set. "What looks very disorganized behind me is actually quite organized, and everything falls into place like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle."
It takes about 30 hours of work for the crew to get ready for opening night. The show was in Nashville on Sunday. All the equipment was then loaded into fourteen semis, which arrived in Richmond Monday morning.
"We finish up Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and the cast is on stage Wednesday afternoon with the orchestra so that we can sound check the show," says Wicked Production Stage Manager David O'Brien.
Sound effects and music help the story unfold. Quinn says, "There's not really a stop in action to change a set or move scenery. It happens right in front of you. When you travel to the Emerald City, the Emerald City opens up and literally explodes in front of your eyes in green."
This is the third time Wicked is making a stop in Richmond. The tour will be at the Altria Theater April 23 thru May 4 for 16 performances. If it's like past experiences, it's already a hit.
"Unbelievable sets, terrific costuming, the music, the talent is extraordinary," says Cindy Creasy, Broadway in Richmond Spokesperson. "It is just one of the most fantastic shows anyone will ever see."
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