Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wicked's Stunt Broad Casting

Wicked's Stunt Broad Casting

When it comes to broadcast television, I don't have many opportunities to sit down in front of my TV set. But when I do, I have to admit that a very guilty pleasure of mine is to watch NBC's "Deal Or No Deal."

Aside from the fact that I typically work long hours -- the last couple weeks have had me clocking in at close to 100 hours each -- I'm overruled in my own castle when it comes to watching this particular show.

So tonight, while I'm home alone on a night on which I actually arrived home before 8 p.m., imagine my very pleasant surprise to find Mary Banford -- a contestant who's apparently as big of a musical theatre fan as me.

Mary reached a magic moment -- having already gone through nearly all the cases containing big money -- when host Howie Mandell upped the ante in a way that only a musical theatre fan could appreciate. He brought out Megan Hilty, who proudly portrays Glinda in the Los Angeles sitdown production of Wicked.

Hilty provided one enticing offer: a chance to appear alongside her in the LA Wicked, a limo ride directly from the show to a performance to see the show and the actual wand she has used to portray Glinda the Good -- oh, and a mere $50,000 in cash.

While I won't spoil this for those on the West Coast, suffice it to say that this musical theatre aficianado would have gladly given up the game of chance for the chance to land on the Pantages Theatre in one of my personal favorite stage musicals.

At a time when there's precious little new stuff on the boob tube, thanks to the ongoing screenwriters strike, it's great to see Wicked continuing to break through via the shows still standing. Yet it hardly needs it given its nearly sold-out status everywhere it plays.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for Wicked Broadway tickets.
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Click here for Wicked London tickets.
Click here for Wicked Los Angeles tickets.
Click here for Wicked - Die Hexen Von Oz Stuttgart tickets.
Click here for Wicked Tokyo ticket information.
Click here for Wicked U.S. Tour ticket information.
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Wicked - Die Hexen Von Oz (The SOB Revisit) (December 2, 2007)
One Short Hour In The Emerald City (November 1, 2007)
One Short Day, In Universal's Emerald City (June 26, 2007)
Wicked To Finally Land In Oz During 2008 (May 16, 2007)
Wicked (The SOB Revisit) - London (April 17, 2007)
Theatre For A New Age (April 8, 2007)
Wicked World (March 19, 2007)
For Good: Wicked Wins LA Critical Praise (March 1, 2007)
Hollywood Becomes Wicked (February 27, 2007)
Were London Critics Mourning West End Wicked? (September 28, 2006)
West End Wicked Opens Tonight (September 27, 2006)
Wicked Witch of the West End Takes Flight Tonight (September 7, 2006)
Jaaku or Neikan? Wicked Set for Japanese Translation (July 24, 2006)
Five Times More Wicked (July 17, 2006)
Wicked's West End Witches Update (May 17, 2006)
Worldwide Wicked Casting News (May 5, 2006)
Encore: Spotlight Week Ending April 30, 2006 (April 30, 2006)

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At 12 December, 2007, Anonymous ONE4ALL said...

Am interesting Web Site About The Writers Strike
( P.S.- I'd like to ride in the Bubble)

At 12 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

One4all, I'd be happy riding in the bubble or in the cherry picker for "Defying Gravity." Thanks for the link to the parody site that purports to represent the producers side of things in the ongoing writers' strike saga. Click here for the link to the Writers Guild of America site.

At 13 December, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I just got around to watching the clip of Deal or No Deal. It actually made me a little angry! For one, she is a huge Wicked fan but has never actually seen the musical? Sorry, but listening to the cast recording and maybe watching clips on Youtube do not count. I guess I can walking around saying I'm a huge fan of *insert movie name here* because I've listened to the soundtrack and seen the trailer. Ugh. That's not the way it works.

And how exactly did the people at Deal or No Deal know she would like Wicked?? Being a 'musical fan' and a 'Wicked fan' are two completely different things. For all they knew, she could have been one of those elitists who hate any musical that the general masses love.

And giving the wand to that woman... no no no no no. That could have been auctioned off for charity, given away to a kid through Make a Wish, ANYTHING but giving it to someone who has never seen the show.

End vent.

At 13 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Anonymous, Point well taken on the use of the wand for charity.

I can cut someone slack for not having seen the show when they live in Utah. I'm not even sure whether the show has toured there yet, but if it has and it's like anywhere else in the U.S., tickets have previously been nearly impossible to come by and sold out (thanks to groups) in advance of scheduled box office openings.

I know before I was able to see a lot of shows that I relied almost entirely on listening to the cast albums. I only dreamed of seeing actual shows, but cast recordings were the next best thing.

At 13 December, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't realize she was from Utah, but still... that is very weird to me, to say you're a huge fan of something you've never seen. I can totally understand her excitement about wanting to see the show, but to lose your marbles i.e. I LOVE WICKED! I'M A HUGE FAN! NO, I'VE NEVER SEEN IT! That's just weird. I can't imagine that I would say I'm a fan of any show I've never seen. I listened to Les Mis years and years before I actually saw it, but I was always in the mindset of "I can't wait to see this musical" rather than "I am a huge fan of this musical." Because, while I still love the cast recording, I don't think I could ever make myself sit through that show again.

And what if she loved musicals but didn't have a passing interest in Wicked whatsoever? I'm sure that even for the biggest musical fan, there are shows out there they have no desire to see. How funny/sad would it have been if they had offered her that package and she curled her lip and said "Eh."

I am clearly putting too much thought into an episode of Deal or No Deal. Sorry for the rant, Steve!

At 13 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Never have to apologize for a rant. I do believe that thanks to cast albums, people can become true fans.

At 14 May, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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