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Popular musical 'WICKED' flying into downtown Omaha

Posted at 2:49 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 11:50:25-04

It is the first time in four years the massive production of "WICKED" has come to town and it takes plenty of work to create the 90 percent replication of what you would see on Broadway in New York City. 

To get the stage ready, it takes 25 touring crew members and 80 locals working nonstop, with work beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. 

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The musical follows the story of how a good and bad witch came to be, before Dorothy was dropped into Oz. 

Steve Quinn, the show's company manager, said it takes about 30 hours of work to load everything and get it set up before curtain up. 

"There's 13 trailers that move the show from city to city, and we started at 8," he said, "and we worked til 11 last night, we'll work til 11 tonight." 

Once the show is in performance mode, it takes about 100 people from actors to those working behind the scenes to make the show work. 

In total, the production costs $11 million, with $2 million alone going to costumes. 

Opening night at the Orpheum Theater is Wednesday and it runs until June 3. Tickets are available via Ticket Omaha.