Normally, we’d tell you to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain; but today we’re looking behind-the-scenes with Wicked fun facts. Over 11 million theatregoers have seen the show on Broadway in its 15-year run and approximately 20 million people have seen the musical on national tour. The original cast recording has sold nearly 4 million copies. Since its official opening at the Gershwin Theatre October 30, 2003, the musical with a book by Winnie Holzman, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and direction by Joe Mantello has become a worldwide sensation.
Here, we break down Wicked by the numbers.
The number of pounds of dry ice used over the course of Wicked’s 15-year run. That’s 471 tons!
The total number of pairs of women’s hosiery used in 15 years on Broadway.
The number of sequins on Glinda’s bubble dress that she wears upon her first entrance at the top of the show.
The number of monkey flights to date.
The number of glowsticks used as props in Wicked for 15 years.
The amount of sleeves of streamers used to date. The show uses 24 each week, which only means three per performance—but that adds up!
The number of twinkle lights used in the production.
The number of sheets of edible rice paper used by the props department.
The total number of wigs built to date—all by hand—by Tom Watson and company.
The number of containers of MAC green chromacake makeup.
The yards of fabric used to make the skirt of Elphaba’s Wicked Witch dress. The skirt is made of 37 different fabrics. (Only about 20 fabrics are used for the bodice.)
The number of costumes (meaning a head-to-toe ensemble) in the show.
The number of costume changes in the show. Those dressers work hard!
The pairs of shoes used in the Broadway company per performance.
The number of gallons of bubble fluid used during 15 years on Broadway. It’s a custom blend from Chic Silber.
The pairs of gloves used in the Broadway company per performance.
The number of hats used in the Broadway company per performance.
The number of rechargeable batteries used by the Broadway production each year. (This is down from 15,808 alkaline batteries, which means Wicked has kept 158,080 batteries—or approximately four tons of batteries—out of landfills.)
The number of microphones used per show for the cast and orchestra.
The number of petals on Glinda’s bubble dress.
The number of seconds for the quickest costume change—which happens to be Elphaba and Glinda’s transition to the Emerald City.
The greatest number of costume changes for a single performer in the show.
The largest wingspan of the 10 pairs of wings used in the production.
The number of gallons of green mouthwash poured over 15 years.
The number of analog sound consoles used for Broadway musicals; Wicked is the only one. It has 5,905 buttons; 2,991 knobs; 113 faders; and is 14 feet long.