This is Oz, but not as you know it! If you're wondering what the wonderful land of Oz was like before Dorothy dropped in, then Wicked has all the answers. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is the story of the unlikely friendship between the Wicked Witch of the West and The Good Witch, and how their stories formed the World of Oz.
One of modern theater's biggest hits, Wicked has now grossed over $1 billion at the Broadway box office, and its various productions have been seen by over 50 million people worldwide. It's not hard to see why, with Stephen Schwartz' now-iconic songs ('Defying Gravity', 'Popular' and 'As Long As You're Mine') providing the perfect soundtrack to this exuberant tale of teenage love, friendship and magic. Plus, who doesn't want to take another trip into the wonderful land of Oz?
Our story begins in the hallowed halls of Oz's Shiz University, where we meet the Elphaba. Born with green skin, she's has been made an outcast, by everyone including her own father, but deep within Elphaba is a great power that's just waiting to be set free. Unfortunately, her time at college gets off to a rocky start when she's given a new roommate - the perky, more perfect-than-perfect Glinda. In the beginning, the two absolutely despise each other, but after a simple act of kindness at a party, they realize that they may not be so different after all.
Over the course of their studies they become firm friends, but when Elphaba uncovers a sinister plot that could destroy the whole world of Oz, she must choose between keeping her friend or learning how to become... Wicked!
The song 'Unlimited/I'm Limited' contains a sneakily hidden tribute to The Wizard of Oz. If you listen really close you might just be able to pick out the first seven notes of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'!
Previews from: 7 October 2003
Opening night: 30 October 2003
Recommended age for children is 8 years and up. There is nothing of a vulgar or of a sexual nature, but there are adult themes. Everyone is required to have a ticket. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Gershwin Theater.
Two hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission
Hannah Corneau as Elphaba
Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda
Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible
Michael McCormick as the Wizard
Jake Boyd as Fiyero
Riley Costello as Boq
Jamie Jackson as Doctor Dillamond
Shoba Narayan as Nessarose
Jennifer Dinoia as Elphaba Standby
Brittney Johnson as Glinda Standby
Ioana Alfonso, Kathryn Allison, Larkin Bogan, Stephen Carrasco, Teneise Mitchell Ellis, Tess Ferrell, Dominic Giudici, Sam Gravitte, Josh Daniel Green, Kali Grinder, Mannuel I Herrera, Jeff Heimbrock, Celia Hottenstein, Courtney Iventosch, Marissa Lupp, Raymond Joel Matsamura, Matt Meigs, Lindsay K. Northen, Emily Rogers, William Ryall, Travis Taber, Cary Tedder, Jeremy Thompson and Christianne Tisdale
Alex Aquilano, Antonette Cohen, Michael Di Liberto, Lauren Sambatraro, Nicky Venditti
Director - Joe Mantello
Musical Staging - Wayne Cilento
Scenic Design - Eugene Lee
Costume Design - Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design - Kenneth Posner
Sound Design - Tony Meola
Produced by Marc Platt, David Stone, Jon B. Platt
Music & Lyrics - Stephen Schwartz
Book - Winnie Holzman
Based on the Novel by Gregory Maguire
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Idina Menzel
Best Costume Design: Susan Hilferty
Best Scene Design: Eugene Lee
Best Original Score: Stephen Schwartz
Best Book of a musical: Winnie Holzman
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Kristin Chenoweth
Best Lighting Design: Kenneth Posner
Best Choreography: Wayne Cilento
Best Orchestrations: William David Brohn
Outstanding Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Outstanding Book: Winnie Holzman
Oustanding Costume Design: Susan Hilferty
Oustanding Set Design of a musical: Eugene Lee
Oustanding Director of a Musical: Joe Mantello
Outstanding Broadway Musical
Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Joe Mantello
Outstanding Set Design: Eugene Lee
Oustanding Costume Design: Susan Hilferty
Outstanding Production of a Musical
Distinguished Performance: Kristin Chenoweth
Distinguished Performance: Idina Menzel
Susan Hilferty and the entire costume team won the Eddy Award - for Wicked's Costumes
Best Musical Show Album - original cast recording of Wicked
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The performance of 'Defying Gravity' at the end of Act I will give you chills.
Almost 13 years after it's debut, you still can't go wrong with Wicked, a perfect adventure for the whole family! Eugene Lee's scenic design coupled with Susan Hilferty's costume artistry will have you engrossed in their magic throughout the production.Read full review
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