Friday, November 1, 2013

WICKED Week: Bloopers & Extras & Mishaps, Oh My!

10th Anniversary Special
The most successful musical of this generation, Wicked, celebrated a great milestone on Wednesday. As of October 30, they have been on Broadway for 10 years. Check out tributes from every day this week, including documentaries, interviews, original rehearsal footage, bootleg performance videos, and more as I have highlighted the road to Broadwaythe Fiyerosthe Elphabas, and the Glindas(Scroll down to the bottom for a synopsis and main character list)

For the final tribute to bring Wicked Week to a close, I want to show some videos that are not usually seen and share some stories from the 10 years of this incredible show on Broadway.

Back in the day, Norbert Leo Butz had a website with some hilarious anecdotes about Wicked. Unfortunately, said website is no longer around, so you'll just have to take my word for these:

So in the scene where Elphaba and Fiyero save the lion cub, Elphaba (Idina Menzel) says something like, "Isn't it terrible to keep animals in cages?" as she was saying that line or a little before it one time, a cell phone went off in the audience. So then Norbert ad-libbed, "I think people with cell phones should be kept in cages."

Another time, when Norbert was flying in to say "Let the green girl go!" on a rope in those famous Fiyero pants, his pants totally ripped all the way up, and that was apparently a night that some school kids were there. He had nothing on underneath except a dance belt.

Below is the audio for "Which Way is the Party?" which was sung by Fiyero in the San Francisco tryout, but was later replaced by "Dancing Through Life."

Other cut/replaced songs (of which I am aware) include "Making Good," replaced by "The Wizard and I," and "As if By Magic," (this recording was from a reading, so you can hear someone reading stage directions!) sung by Dr. Dillamond, Fiyero, and Elphaba. Today if you go see the show, you will hear an extra song, which I love. It's sung by Nessa bemoaning her life in the scene where Elphaba comes back to find that Nessa is the dictator of the Munchkins, and it's called "Wicked Witch of the East."

Here's an ad-lib from Kristin Chenoweth's last performance of Wicked. Right before "One Short Day," Idina totally went off-script, and Kristin was in tears. Check it out below!

According to The Grimmerie, the book about the making of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz originally wanted every song to either have the word "good" or "bad/wicked" in the title. After a few though, he realized he couldn't keep that up. So you can get an idea of what order he wrote the songs in when you think about which titles follow that pattern, like "No One Mourns the Wicked," "For Good," "Something Bad," etc.

The most famous mishap in the show was not funny at all, though. Listen to Idina Menzel tell in her own words about her serious injury that happened when she only had 2 or 3 performances left.

If you've seen this video before, I'm sure you knew it was coming. Here is the video of Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel rehearsing their emotional last duet, "For Good." In The Grimmerie, Stephen Schwartz says that he had consulted his daughter for that song, asking what she might say to her best friend if they would never see each other again. He says some of these lyrics are pulled directly from that conversation.

Favorite line:
Fiyero: There is no pretense here. I happen to be genuinely self-absorbed and deeply shallow.

THANK YOU for joining me in Wicked Week for the past few days! Did I miss any memorable videos/stories from Wicked over this week? What are your favorite memories from the past decade of Wicked? Please share your thoughts/insights!

Wicked is about Elphaba (later known as the Wicked Witch of the West) who goes to Shiz University as a social outcast and ends up rooming with Glinda. Despite the odd pairing, the two become best friends. The story is about loyalty and friendship as it follows their journeys as they have to decide who they want to be as opposed to who other people think they are. The original cast included Idina Menzel (Tony Award, Elphaba), Kristin Chenoweth (Tony nomination, Glinda), Norbert Leo Butz (Fiyero, the ridiculously good-looking and self-proclaimed shallow guy at Shiz), and Joel Grey (the Wonderful Wizard of Oz).

Read More:
Wicked the Musical on Broadway
Wicked the Musical official website
Full Wicked cast list (from 2003-2013, click on the box on the right that says "expand replacements")

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  1. Great article Sally!! Loved it!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it! Believe it or not, there were a lot of videos and stuff that I left out of my Wicked Week articles. Here's one of my favorite videos I left out: "BLOOPERS"