Wicked by the Numbers

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The cast of Wicked perform. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Wicked perform. Photo by Joan Marcus

During Wicked’s last engagement in Atlanta, the touring production set a record for the highest grossing week for a touring production with $2,438,947 (broken by the Book of Mormon at the Fox Theatre last year), and now that the show has flown back into the Fox Theatre, we thought it would be interesting to know a few other fun facts about the show.

  • The show uses about 200 pounds of dry ice per show (250 pounds on Broadway).
  • Around 4 to 5 miles of cable are used on the road, and 8-10 miles of cable in the electrics department on Broadway.
  • The carpentry department on Broadway has about 175,000 pounds of scenery and uses about five miles of cable to automate it.
  • The dragon’s wingspan is the same as a Cessna 172.
  • The “life casts” for the animal masks take 2-3 hours, and the person loses most of their senses (smell, sight, hearing, speech) during that time.
  • The giant Wizard's head. Photo by Joan Marcus

    The giant Wizard’s head. Photo by Joan Marcus

    The show has 90 wigs, using 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 the 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.

Part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta series, Wicked runs through March 8, 2014 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. For tickets and more information, please visit www.broadwayinatlanta.com. Tickets are also available at the Fox Theatre box office or by phone at 855-285-8499.