CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Broadway favorite is back in Charlotte.
Wicked will open on the Ovens Auditorium stage and NBC Charlotte got an exclusive behind the scene tour.
The stage is being set for one of the most beloved Broadway productions—Wicked. Wicked is the story of how Oz’ wicked witch became, well, wicked.
“It’s characters that you’re familiar with from the Wizard of Oz, and you feel connected to them, and it’s a great story about friendship, about bullying,” said production manager Erica Norgaard.
The show opens in Charlotte on Wednesday, but crews have been working since Monday.
There are 13 semis filled with gear, from which more than 100 carpenters are unloading.
Matt Bilgen is the head carpenter and he travels with the show 365 days a year. He calls it controlled chaos and says his favorite part of the show is when the curtain falls.
“When the curtain comes down opening night, we had a good show and we didn’t break anything,” he expressed.
There are still some tickets available for the show that runs for the next three weeks.
A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for Wicked.
Two-and-a-half-hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Ovens Auditorium Box Office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; 30 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.