If I had to admit one of my music guilty pleasures, I'd have to say that's it's musicals. I did a lot of theatre and choir in high school and I've always loved musicals and they're ability to tell great stories through music and acting. I've known about Wicked for several years and have listened to the Original Cast Recording numerous times, so I was thrilled when I found out the national tour of Wicked would be coming through Oklahoma City to the Civic Center.
I was also really excited when I found out I would have a chance to talk with one of the cast members of the 'Wicked' tour and today I had a chance to sit down and talk with David Nathan Perlow who plays Fiyero! This is David's first time in Oklahoma City and we talked about what it's like being on the road and just what he does when he's not on stage.
"I have a dog so I hang out with my dog and I'm kind of a creature of habit so I wake up, I go the gym six or seven days of the week...but you know, if I can check out a cool restaurant here and there I do."
We also discussed everything that goes into a show that's as massive as Wicked.
"We give tours sometimes and they say there's as much choreography going on backstage as there is onstage. We have seventy-five dressers, locals, all kinds of crew guys back there tugging on these pulleys making sure the sets are coming on and off as they should be."
And David assures me that you are getting the full Broadway production when you see the tour at the Civic Center.
"Sometimes there's a misconception that the tour is somehow a mini version of the Broadway show but Broadway tours at this level you're getting the same show you get at the Gershwin on 50th street [in New York City]," David said, continuing "We have the same set, we have the same directors, we have the same dance team come in to check on us, it's the same creative team, and half the cast that we have out here has done it on Broadway."
There's a lot more that David and I talked about including meeting expectations of fans who are coming to see the show for the first time but have listened to the Original Cast Recording hundreds of times, how long it takes to do all the makeup that the cast has to wear, and how you can get a private acting lesson from David himself (hint: e-mail him at email@example.com)
Hear the entire chat below and make sure you get your tickets to see 'Wicked' before it leaves town on September 22nd by calling 1-800-869-1451, at the Civic Center Box Office, or online at CelebrityAttractions.com! Also make sure you check out the 'Wicked' lottery - A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Civic Center Music Hall box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.
I'll be checking out the show this Sunday and I can't wait!!