So you want a sneak peek backstage? Above is the stage manager's guidebook -- as you can see, the score is festooned with layers and layers of colour-coded post-it notes. Every imaginable detail is planned for.
More evidence of the careful planning needed to ensure that there are no uncomfortable surprises onstage: a table laid out with the smaller props singers need to grab on their way to the front, divided by coloured tape into sections and labelled with the name of the prop that belongs in that rectangle. Here's the beer stein Lillian needs for the scene in which she tracks her putative fiancé to a farm in North Dakota.
Was it silly of me to feel a wee frisson of recognition when I saw it in her hands onstage? (Hey, I saw that on the backstage table!)