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Wicked’s Kim Zimmer Details Her Guide to Ultimate Relaxation on Tour

Wicked’s Kim Zimmer Details Her Guide to Ultimate Relaxation on Tour
Kim Zimmer in the national tour of 'Wicked'
'I love to make my hotel room comfy and cozy with things I’ve brought from home.'

When she’s not running Oz’s top school for magic, Shiz, as Madame Morrible in Wicked, Kim Zimmer is flying to the next city on the blockbuster musical’s national tour. With so many miles clocked under her broomstick, the actress has learned a thing or two about life on the road. Below, Zimmer shares her tips for life in the national tour of Wicked.

My favorite way to pass time while traveling is:
Yakking in the airport waiting area with my castmates. I have learned so much about the people I work with when we are all hanging out together, waiting to board a plane and riding on the bus ride to our hotel. That’s when we’re all kind of stuck together in one place and are forced to communicate with one another!

The best cure for jetlag is:
Follow these simple steps: Pour a glass of wine and fill the Jacuzzi with bath salts and eucalyptus oil. Soak for 30 minutes. Hop into something comfy, turn on flat screen TV and watch until sleepy. Next, jump into fabulous king-size bed with 800 thread count sheets and various down pillows for your choosing and sleep for eight hours. Of course this all depends on what kind of contract you’re working under.

The first thing I do when I check into a hotel room is:
I am an Aquarian nester! I love to make my hotel room comfy and cozy with things I’ve brought from home. I decorate with personal photos and I also buy fresh flowers for the room. I only have housekeeping clean once or twice a week, because tending to the room myself helps me feel like I’m at home.

The quickest way to make a dressing room feel like home:
I travel with a small, comfy rug to put under my feet at my dressing table, because I’m never in shoes and some of the floors of these old theaters are cold (and perhaps a tad bit dirty). During one stop, I had this huge, sterile dressing room, so I bought a cheap sofa to make it more inviting for castmate visits and between-show naps.

When arriving in a new city, the most important thing to do is:
Read up on the cities you are touring so that you make sure to do as many touristy things that you can. I always talk to people on the street and find out what their favorite thing is about their city so I can go there. Of course, you should try to avoid the people who actually live on the streets, unless you want to know the best park bench to sleep on or where to pick up the best “spare change.” As an actor, however, that information could come in handy some day.

See Zimmer in Wicked at the Ohio Theatre from June 5 through June 23.