The black gondolas display each costume worn in “Love Never Dies.” Each character is designated a section of a gondola, labeled with the actor’s name. The costumes are placed in the order they are worn during the show. About 100 costumes are worn throughout the show.
Wigs and headpieces sit atop the costume-filled gondolas. Some actors wear one wig throughout the show, while others undergo multiple wig changes. The microphones are often built into actors’ wigs.
Costumes are not only double-checked by crew prior to the show, but also during the show when the actors are on stage. Zippers, clasps and sewing must be tested repeatedly. The crew stays prepared to solve any mishaps and to assist the cast in its costume changes. Actors can sometimes wear up to five costumes in eight minutes and conduct their changes in as little as 10 seconds.
The animal figurines are placed on a turntable to resemble a merry-go-round on stage. Ensemble members will sit on the horses, bringing the Coney Island amusement park to life.
The placements of the larger-than-life mirror displays are determined by the actors’ positions. Based on what the audience is meant to see, the mirrors are placed to either look smaller or larger than the actors.
Backstage is home to electricians, cleaners, carpenters and department heads. The crew coordinates within the open spaces, a routine just as choreographed as the actual performance.
The crew works deliberately to arrange the stage before doors open. The most chaotic action begins about 10 minutes before showtime and lingers for the first few minutes of the show, said assistant company manager Justin Coffman.
The tilted nature of the desk was meant to convey a sense of discomfort to the audience. The prop was built with a degree of uneasiness in mind.
Andrew Iverson spends about half of an hour cleaning the mirror displays for the show. Some of the mirrors are wooden-sided, and some even have actors who stand in them prior to debuting on stage.
The crew of “Love Never Dies” begins arranging the stage for the upcoming show. Though the stage seems relatively small from backstage, the audience’s vantage point creates an illusion, making the stage seem larger in scale.
Occasionally, props must be lifted upward to create more space for the props coating the ground. All of the props are East Coast-based, with suitcases and instruments being some of the ones that decorate the backstage.
Structured beams fill both sides of the stage, acting as a facade of a roller coaster. The beams hold approximately 3,000 light bulbs in total.
The Hollywood Pantages Theatre will soon open its doors to 2,703 guests. The audience anticipates the performance as much as they do the interiors of the theater, which feature hand-painted decorations made with real gold. The lighting helps the theater appear much deeper than it actually is, adding to its grandiose appeal. Audience members can enjoy the production from the mezzanine or from the very front row, as the theater is designed to create the same viewing experience for everyone.