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Winner of 3 Tony Awards

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"Remember the last time an original Broadway musical made you laugh, cry and think - in the right places, and for the right reasons?"

Elysa Gardner, US Today

Why See Wicked?

defying Gravity For Over a decade

This is Oz, but not as you know it! 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 long before Dorothy and Toto arrived on the scene.

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?

What is Wicked About?

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 roomate - 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 realise 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!

did you know?

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'!

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Dates

Previews from: 7 October 2003

Performance date: 30 October 2003

Audience

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.

Run time

Two hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

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Cast and Creative

Cast

Jackie Burns as Elphaba
Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda
Rondi Reed as Madame Morrible
PJ Benjamin as The Wizard
Ashley Parker Angel as Fiyero
Jye Frasca as BOQ
Chad Jennings as Doctor Dillamond
Kristen Martin as Nessarose
Marian Torres as Elphaba Standby 
Libby Servais as Glinda Stanby

Ensemble
Larkin Bogan, Jerad Bortz, Teneise Mitchell Ellis, Kelli Erdmann, Jenny Florkowski, Dan Gleason, Josh Daniel Green, Jeff Heimbrock, Courtney Iventosch, Spencer Jones, Brandon Leffler, Marissa Lup, Raymond Joel Matsamura, Lindsay K. Northen, Jonathan Ritter, Constantine Rousouli, Hannah Shankman, Travis Taber and Jeremy Thompson.  

Swing
Antonette Cohen, Peter C. Ermides, Tess Ferrel, Lori Ann Ferreri, Colby Q. Lindeman, Sterling Masters, Brian Munn, and Nicky Venditti.

Creative

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

Awards

TONY AWARDS 2004

Wins
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Idina Menzel
Best Costume Design: Susan Hilferty
Best Scene Design: Eugene Lee

Nominations
Best Musical
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


DRAMA DESK AWARDS

Oustanding Musical
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

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

Outstanding Broadway Musical
Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Joe Mantello
Outstanding Set Design: Eugene Lee
Oustanding Costume Design: Susan Hilferty

THE DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Distinguished Performance: Kristin Chenoweth
Distinguished Performance: Idina Menzel

EDDY AWARD

Susan Hilferty and the entire costume team won the Eddy Award - for Wicked's Costumes

GRAMMY AWARD

Best Musical Show Album - original cast recording of Wicked

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What we thought

Enchanting BRILLIANT emotional

The performance of 'Defying Gravity' at the end of Act I will give you chills.

Wicked witches. Yellow brick roads. Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Almost 13 years after it's debut, Wicked still manages to entertain audiences with its epic staging and top-notch talent.

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