Green with wickedness

Vicki Notaro channelled her inner witch when she became Wicked's leading lady for a day

Steps: Not as straightforward as one might imagine, there are many steps from puce to emerald, thankfully involving cheek contouring (with purple eyeshadow), green lippie, strong brows and even a smoky brow. So glam right now.

A self-confessed musical theatre nerd, when I was offered the opportunity to go backstage at Wicked in Manchester's Palace theatre, my enthusiasm was unabashed. When I heard I'd be made over as the lead character Elphaba to promote the musical's run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre? Total geekgasm. It's fair to say I was Elphaba-lite, without green make-up in my inner ears or to my chest. The actress who plays her sometimes undergoes the greening-up process twice a day between matinee and main show, with countless touch-ups in between in order to look as effective as possible all the way to the back row. As fun (and surprisingly glam) as the process was, I soon found out, it's not easy being green...

A self-confessed musical theatre nerd, when I was offered the opportunity to go backstage at Wicked in Manchester's Palace theatre, my enthusiasm was unabashed. When I heard I'd be made over as the lead character Elphaba to promote the musical's run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre? Total geekgasm. It's fair to say I was Elphaba-lite, without green make-up in my inner ears or to my chest. The actress who plays her sometimes undergoes the greening-up process twice a day between matinee and main show, with countless touch-ups in between in order to look as effective as possible all the way to the back row. As fun (and surprisingly glam) as the process was, I soon found out, it's not easy being green...

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