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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The Wizard would have said to pay no attention to the 78 men and women behind the curtain of the Schuster Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 16. And he would have been telling the truth.

The people on stage were stagehands, not performers, making way for the smash musical “Wicked,” which begins a three-week run at the Schuster on Wednesday night, Feb. 17.

There was little drama involved, according to representatives of the country’s number-one touring production.

“Things are going really well. This is a great new venue for us,” company manager Erica Norgaard said, standing beneath the huge dragon that had already been installed over the stage. It’s a dominant feature of the set for a show that includes witches, flying monkeys and a special floor with tracks, fog and smoke elements built right in.

The move-in is a three-day process. Trucks started rolling in Monday, Feb. 15, and the unloading will continue until Wednesday afternoon.

Ken Rice, business manager for the Dayton stagehands union, said he has expanded his crew with a dozen student apprentices from Wright State University.

Most veteran backstage workers said as musicals go, “Phantom of the Opera” is bigger, but “Wicked” is big. “It’s a 9 on a scale of 10,” said Pat Keough, who is production and technical director for the Schuster and the Victoria Theatre.

One reason things are going so smoothly is that planning started more than three months ago. Keough said technicians from the show visited the Schuster to study logistics.

“Wicked” will be presented through March 7 at the Schuster, Second and Main streets. Tickets are $46-$125. There is also a lottery for 20 tickets, each priced at $25, starting two and one-half hours before each performance.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Wicked Broadway grossed $1,359,810 for the week ending February 14, 2010. Wicked Again occupies the top place in the list.

Below are the Top 10 Grosses from for the week ending February 14, 2010.

Wicked $1,359,810
The Lion King $1,213,222
Billy Elliot: The Musical $1,109,442
West Side Story $1,012,095
Jersey Boys $986,753
A Little Night Music $917,526
Mary Poppins $837,224
A View from the Bridge $791,116
Mama Mia! $771,095
In the Heights $740,580

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Lee Mead

Lee Mead

Award-winning West End leading man, Lee Mead, is to star as Fiyero in the London production of Wicked.

Any Dream Will Do sensation Lee Mead is to return to the West End after landing a role in hit show Wicked. The star – who headed the cast in Joseph And the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – will join the cast on May 10 to play the part of Fiyero. He said: ‘I’m really excited to be returning to the West End in this incredible show. Fiyero is a fantastic part.’

Wicked, now in its fourth year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, has been seen by more than 2.5 million people, and tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz.

Another new addition to the cast is Julie Legrand, best known to TV audiences as crazed nurse Jeanette Dunkley from Footballers’ Wives. She joins the cast on March 29.

Wicked is currently showing at London’s Apollo Victoria. Buy your Wicked Tickets now and save $20 on your next order over $250.

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