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About Wicked the Musical on Broadway
A hit with all ages and especially those who have a love for the Wizard of Oz, Wicked New York has become one of the most successful Broadway shows of all times. Consistently one of the most difficult shows for which to get tickets, Wicked Broadway opened in October 2003 at the Gershwin Theater and has amazed crowds of theatergoers at eight performances each work ever since. The Wicked New York production has also been joined by productions all over the world including in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and others, and the national touring company has enjoyed great success as well. On London's West End, Wicked holds the record for biggest opening night! Other international cities have hosted excellent productions of Wicked as well, including Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; and Stuttgart, Germany.
Based on the Gregory Maguire novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West", Wicked the Broadway Musical is no ordinary Wizard of Oz story! While you'll find some common characters in the two stories, Wicked specifically delves deeply into the lives of the two witches – Glinda - the Good Witch of the North, and Elphaba - the Wicked Witch of the West – during their early years before their roles of good and bad are clearly defined. The audience never sees Dorothy except for a fleeting glance of her shoes. Dorothy's friends – the scarecrow, tin man, and lion – are present or referenced but are not a major part of the story.
From the start, this Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell", "Pippin") musical attracted top names from the Broadway scene to Wicked Broadway. Joe Mantello, both an actor and director, directed the production, and Wayne Cilento, known for his role as Mike in "A Chorus Line", choreographed the original production. Elphaba – the Wicked Witch of the West - was played by Idina Menzel, best known for her role as the sultry Maureen in "Rent", and classically-trained Broadway cutie Kristen Chenoweth wowed audiences with her interpretation of the perky Glinda – the Good Witch of the North. Broadway legend Joel Grey assumed the role of The Wizard for the first Wicked Broadway
Stephen Schwartz's score was nothing short of phenomenal! Before long, Broadway musical fans were humming tunes like "Popular", "For Good", "I'm Not that Girl", "As Long as You're Mine", and the incredible "Defying Gravity", the selection that ends Act One and leaves the audience mesmerized and waiting for more. In addition to the incredible music, Wicked Broadway audiences are treated to breathtaking scenery, excellent costuming, and some of the best special effects to hit Broadway.
Following its Broadway debut, Wicked New York garnered 10 Tony Award nominations and won three of them, including Idina Menzel for Best Actress in a Musical as well as for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design. Many were shocked that it didn't take the Best Musical award at the 2004 Tony Awards. That honor went to the popular and quirky Avenue Q.
Overall, throughout the last decade, Wicked Broadway remains one of the most highly acclaimed and widely attended shows on the Great White Way, and Wicked show tickets are still often difficult to obtain. The singable melodies of the show's score have endeared the musical to millions worldwide and actors like Menzel and Chenoweth have gone on to achieve great Broadway fame. All this from a show that the New York Times panned, calling its language similar to that of the Smurfs and noting that the show lost its luster every time Chenoweth left the stage. 'Wicked' does not, alas, speak hopefully for the future of the Broadway musical," the reviewer concluded. Little did he know that, before long, Wicked tickets would be impossible to get and that Wicked Broadway would be going strong a decade later!
How Want to Have a Wicked Good Time?
Breaking box office records around the world, Wicked is one of those Broadway shows you just MUST see, especially if you are a fan of the Broadway musical in general. Unlike traditional Broadway offerings from composers like Rodgers and Hammerstein or Cole Porter, Wicked Broadway has a contemporary flair while still being blessed with memorable tunes and dialogue, not unlike old favorites such as Oklahoma and Carousel.
If you've already seen it, you're probably still talking about it to friends and family members. As a matter of fact, many Wicked Broadway fans see the show again and again, breathless with anticipation each time they enter the charming but grand Gershwin Theater with their Wicked show tickets in hand. They know that no matter how many times they see it, Wicked will forever remain one of their favorites.
Why has Wicked Broadway been so popular? Many say that it's a result of a deep love for the characters of the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. Nevertheless, this show puts a whole new spin on that familiar Wizard of Oz tale, retaining the familiarity of the characters while introducing wonderful new personalities that'll become favorites, too. So, get your Wicked tickets and get ready to go!
More Wicked Awards
Aside from the Tony Awards presented to the show and its cast during the 2004 awards, Wicked Broadway and its stellar actors, composer, and author were honored with a number of other awards including:
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
- Grammy Award for Best Cast Album
Everything You'll Never Need to Know about Wicked
Though critics weren't crazy about that new show called Wicked when it debuted in October 2003, the popularity of the show made them eat their words just a few months later, when Wicked tickets were selling like hotcakes. Playing nearly every performance to a packed house since the day it opened at the Gershwin Theater, this musical about the Wicked Witch of the West and The Good Witch of the North impressed audience members with its heart-wrenching yet sometimes lighthearted plot, its moving songs, its superb scenery, and its special effects, leaving them wanting more and enticing many individuals to seek Wicked tickets at the Gershwin Theater again and again.
Inspired by the tale told in L. Frank Baum's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written in 1900, and in the Judy Garland movie that followed 39 years later, Wicked provides viewers with a combination funny tale and poignant story, designed to appeal to today's 21st century theater audiences who are looking for more than a sweet love story with fun upbeat songs and charming ballads. While those attributes are certainly present in Wicked the Broadway musical, the show has so much more to offer, from sophisticated special effects, to award-winning sets and costumes, to tunes that will evoke all sorts of emotions including smiles a mile wide and plenty of tears.
If you love Wizard of Oz and have a perfunctory knowledge of the Wicked Broadway show and its wonderful music but simply need to know more, take some time to examine our "Become a Wizard on Wicked" handbook, which provides everything you'll need to know about the show, its connection to the Wizard of Oz, its music, the Gershwin Theater, and why buying Wicked Broadway tickets is a must if you haven't yet enjoyed this incredible Broadway musical.
Become a Wizard on "Wicked" - Show Information
Credits for Original Wicked Broadway Production
Music and Lyrics - Stephen Schwartz
Book - Winnie Holzman
Director - Joe Mantello
Choreography - Wayne Cilento
Orchestrations - William David Brohn
Scenic Designer - Eugene Lee
Costume Designer - Susan Hilferty
Lighting Designer - Kenneth Posner
Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) - Idina Menzel
Glinda (The Good Witch of the North) - Kristin Chenoweth
Wizard - Joel Grey
Madame Morrible - Carole Shelley
Fiyero - Norbert Leo Butz
Nessarose - Michelle Federer
Boq - Christopher Fitzgerald
Development and Debut of Wicked Broadway
Every great work of art begins with an idea mixed with some inspiration, whether it's a great book, a memorable movie, or any other thing that lights that spark. In the case of Wicked the Broadway musical, it was an award-winning book by Gregory Maguire, published in 1995. The novel – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – was a new take on the traditional Wizard of Oz story and it had caught the attention of many fans of the original L. Frank Baum book.
One of those individuals was composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who had read Maguire's book while on vacation and found it quite intriguing. He immediately thought it would make a great Broadway musical. There was a glitch, however. Universal was already interested in turning the book into a movie and Maguire had sold the mega production company the rights to the book. So Schwartz approached Maguire and Universal with his "musical" idea and was able to convince them that Wicked Broadway could be a hit and that Wicked tickets would soon be among the most coveted.
While Maguire's book – which is extremely long - was intriguing, adapting it for the stage presented some challenges. In order to make the transition to Wicked Broadway, Schwartz hired Winnie Holzman, who had already won an Emmy award for the writing on her show entitled My So-Called Life. Holzman's writing was clever, comedic where appropriate, and full of drama. She had also spent time writing scripts for hit TV shows like thirtysomething and Once and Again. She seemed like the right person for the job. So Schwartz and Holzman, joined by producer Mac Platt, worked diligently for more than a year to turn the novel into a hit show.
However, the result was not an exact rendering of the book but rather a loose interpretation of the story. Enticed by the story's profile of the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda, the writers made this the main theme of the story and correctly surmised that the audience would be equally as mesmerized by the antics of the two women, who were miles apart in personality but had plenty in common as well. Truly, the story of the two would sell lots of Wicked tickets, they thought, and soon, Wicked in New York was born.
All the hard work paid off. When the show opened on "Mischief Night" – October 30, 2003 – Wicked tickets sold out and audiences were thrilled, though critic's reviews were less than stellar. Nonetheless, the show grossed $56 million during its first year and Wicked tickets continued to be a hot item.
The Original Broadway Cast
Glinda - Kristin Chenoweth
Elphaba - Idina Menzel
Wizard of Oz - Joel Grey
Nessarose - Michelle Federer
Fiyero - Norbert Leo Butz
Madame Morrible - Carole Shelley
Doctor Dillamond - William Youmans
Boq - Christopher Fitzgerald
Current Wicked Broadway Cast
Lindsay Mendez (Elphaba)
Lindsay Mendez joined the cast of Wicked in June 2003, she made her Broadway debut in 'Grease', playing Jan, she then went on to play on 'The Marvelous Wonderettes'. Other Broadway credits include 'Everyday Rapture'.
Katie Rose Clarke (Glinda)
Having performed the role of Glinda in Wicked's national tour for two years, in 2010 she took over as Glinda on the Broadway production of 'Wicked'. Additional credits include 'The Light in the Piazza' and 'Prayer for my Enemy'
Adam Grupper's Broadway credits include "The Addams Family" and the 2009 revival of "Brighton Beach Memoirs".
Randy Danson (Madame Morrible)
Randy Danson, a native of New Jersey, most recently appeared on Broadway in 'Wonderful Town'. She was the recipient of an OBIE award for Sustained Excellence, a Barrymore Award for Wit at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and a Helen Hayes Award for the title role in The Good Person of Szechuan at Arena Stage. She appeared in the film The Last Temptation of Christ and has starred in several independent films my filmmaker Mark Rappaport. Additional roles include: Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Duchess (Duchess of Malfi), Libby (Blue Window), and Nora (A Doll's House). Randy also designs jewelry, which is on sale at SoHung Design, 312 E. 9th Street.
Derek Klena (Fiyero)
Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond)
F. Michael Haynie (Boq)
Read the story of Wicked, and it's easy to understand why Wicked tickets at the Gershwin Theater still sell out so quickly:
The story of Wicked begins in a familiar place – the period of time after which the Wicked Witch of the West has been melted by Dorothy, who doesn't appear in the show at all. As the Oz citizens rejoice in the demise of the Wicked witch, Glinda takes the opportunity to tell the tale of the woman who was once her friend: Elphaba. From this point on, the musical flashes back to Elphaba's early life, including her friendship with Glinda as well as the events that led to her downfall.
The audience catches a glimpse of the situations surrounding Elphaba's conception and birth and, ultimately, her parent's distress when they discover she's green. Most of the musical, however, centers on her arrival at Shiz University, where her life of loathing is in marked contrast to that of the very popular, Glinda – cute, blonde, and the apple of everyone's eye.
The girls wind up as roommates, and though they despise each other at the beginning, an eventual friendship forms. In the meantime, Elphaba learns that the animals of Oz – including her favorite Professor Dillamond – are losing their ability to speak. When a lion cub arrives in a cage, the contraption angers Elphaba and she releases the animal back into the wild, assisted by Fiyero, a handsome Winkie prince who later becomes the object of Elphaba's affection.
A short time later, after Elphaba meets the Wizard, he tricks her into using her amazing powers to give wings to a troop of monkeys trapped in a cage. This event causes Elphaba to ascertain that the Wizard is a fraud and she decides to leave Oz. Her actions cause her to be branded "wicked". At the same time, her friend Glinda is promoted to the job of Wizard's assistant.
The story continues as Elphie's handicapped sister, Nessarose, accidentally turns herself into the Wicked Witch of the East. Elphaba returns and attempts to set the flying monkeys free, rebuking the Wizard during the attempt. And here's where the story becomes somewhat familiar! At this point, Glinda advises Madame Morrible – the Wizard's right hand woman – to create a cyclone to bring Dorothy Gale to Oz and crush Nessarose. As a result, Elphaba – now known as the Wicked Witch of the West - captures Dorothy and her friends and though Glinda pleads for her to let them go, she refuses.
Coming face to face with each other, Glinda and Elphaba make amends. Glinda promises to remove the corrupt Wizard and aggress not to clear Elphaba's name, leaving the possibilities open for later events. Glinda departs and, as in the movie, Elphaba is melted by Dorothy.
Elphaba decided to fake her own death and wasn't really melted by a bucket of water. Instead, she escapes with the man she loves - Fiyero - and they leave Oz to live happily ever after far away from the land where she is despised. The audience then learns that the Wizard is Elphaba's father. Glinda is now the leader of Oz and, as such, sends the nasty Madame Morrible to jail and orders the Wizard to board a hot air balloon and leave oz. The flashback comes to an end and we rejoin the celebration marking the Wicked Witch of the West's death.
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During Wicked, the audience learns:
- The origins of Dorothy's friends – the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion
- How the Wicked Witch of the West got her broomstick and black hat
- Why the Wicked Witch is associated with the West
- How Elphaba winds up with green skin
- How the famous flying monkeys got their wings
- How the witch got her castle
Wicked Musical Selections
Wicked, Act I
Wicked, Act II
- "No One Mourns the Wicked" - Glinda and Citizens of Oz
- "Dear Old Shiz" - Students and Glinda
- "The Wizard and I" - Madame Morrible and Elphaba
- "What is This Feeling?" - Glinda, Elphaba, ad Students
- "Something Bad" - Doctor Dillamond and Elphaba
- "Dancing Through Life" - Fiyero, Glinda, Boq, Nessarose, Elphaba, and Students
- "Popular" - Glinda
- "I'm Not that Girl" - Elphaba
- "One Short Day" - Elphaba, Glinda, and Denizens of the Emerald City
- "A Sentimental Man" - The Wizard
- "Defying Gravity" - Glinda, Elphaba, Guards, and the Citizens of Oz
Released on Dec. 16, 2003, the original cast recording featured all the songs from the show except "The Wizard and I (Reprise)" and "The Wicked Witch of the East". The album won a Grammy award in 2005, further prompting brisk Wicket tickets sales.
- "No One Mourns the Wicked" (Reprise) - Citizens of Oz
- "Thank Goodness" - Glinda, Madame Morrible, and Citizens of Oz
- "The Wicked Witch of the East" - Elphaba, Nessarose, and Boq
- "Wonderful" - The Wizard and Elphaba
- "I'm Not that Girl" (reprise) - Glinda
- "As Long as You're Mine" - Elphaba and Fiyero
- "No Good Deed" - Elphaba
- "March of the Witch Hunters" - Boq and Citizens of Oz
- "For Good" - Glinda and Elphaba
- "Finale" - All
About the Gershwin Theatre
Originally known as the Uris Theater, the Gershwin opened in 1972. Built at a cost of $12.5 million, it sits on a site that was originally home to the Capitol Theater. It contains 1,933 seats and has the largest capacity of any theater on Broadway. Located at 222 West 51st Street, it officially became the Gershwin Theatre in 1983, named in honor of America's great composer/lyricist brothers, George and Ira Gershwin.
The first show to appear at the Gershwin Theatre was certainly not a hit like Wicked. The musical, Via Galactica, starring Raul Julia, ran for only seven performances and achieved fame as the first production on Broadway to lose a million dollars! Two more musicals came to the Gershwin in 1973, but in 1974 it became a concert hall, remaining as such through most of 1976. Great names including Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Bing Crosby appeared there as did rock groups such as Britain's Mott the Hoople and Queen.
Wicked New York came to the Gershwin Theater in late October 2003 and has continued an astronomically successful run since that time, with Wicked tickets selling out consistently. During the week ending January 2, 2011, it set a new Broadway box office record – over a course of eight performances, the show grossed $2, 228,235 in Wicked tickets sales. This was the most money ever made by a Broadway musical during a one-week span of time. Wicked tickets at the Gershwin Theater continue to sell out for most performances.
The Original Broadway Cast of Wicked
A native of the small town of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Kristin Chenoweth – the little gal with the huge voice – was born on July 24, 1968. From a young age, Chenoweth was an eager singer, performing first at her church and then on stage as a student at Broken Arrow Senior High School. She later attended and graduated from Oklahoma City University, where she earned a degree in musical theater and then a master's degree in opera performance.
Kristin Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in 1997 in Steel Pier, an old-fashioned musical that gave Chenoweth the break she needed. Her next Broadway stint was as Sally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a role for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2000, she left the theater to pursue a film career and record her first album (Let Yourself Go- 2001). Returning to Broadway in 2003, she nabbed the coveted role of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in Wicked. She was nominated for a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for this role, but the statue went to her co-star, Idina Menzel, who played the role of Elphaba. Nonetheless, her appearance in Wicked certainly helped Wicked tickets to sell out quickly.
Other Broadway credits for Chenoweth include Promises, Promises with Sean Hayes in 2010. Chenoweth has also appeared frequently on a number of hit television shows. She portrayed Annabeth Schott in the acclaimed drama The West Wing, and was also part of the cast of the short-lived Pushing Daisies, a show for which she picked up two Emmy Nominations. She also had her own sitcom – aptly titled Kristin – but it ran for only six episodes in 2001. Most recently, she has appeared as April Rhodes on the hit show Glee and currently portrays Carlene Cochran on the Desperate Housewives-type sitcom, GCB. She also recently appeared in the Disney movie entitled You Again.
A devout Christian, Chenoweth has sometimes struggled to be a conservative in the liberal world of show business. A true professional, she is one of the most respected actors in the world of Broadway, films, and television.
Born on May 30, 1971 in Syosset, New York, Idina began her singing career by performing at local weddings and bar mitzvahs. In 1995, she got a break when she was offered the role of Maureen Johnson in Jonathan Larson's new rock musical, Rent, appearing off-Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop. The show quickly moved to Broadway and opened at the Nederlander Theater just three months after its premiere. Menzel was nominated for a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical and then later reprised the role of Maureen in the 2005 Rent film. She stayed with the show until July 1997.
Menzel went on to appear in Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Hair, and Aida. Her next major role came in 2003 when she was offered the role of Elphaba in the Broadway Musical, Wicked. Edging out co-star Kristen Chenoweth, Idina won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for this role, and her popularity with Rent fans helped Wicked tickets sell out on a consistent basis. Remaining with Wicked until January 2005, Menzel suffered an injury during her penultimate show when she fell through a trap door, resulting in a cracked rib. This prevented her from performing in her "last" show though she did make an on-stage appearance without her make-up, bringing the crowd of Wicked tickets buyers to their feet, resulting in a 5-minute standing ovation for the sultry Ms. Menzel.
In addition to her Broadway credits, Menzel has appeared on several TV shows, most notably the Fox show Glee, where she plays Shelby Corcoran, the biological mother of Rachel Berry, played by actress Lea Michele. In addition, she has recorded several studio albums.
Menzel is married to actor Taye Diggs, who she met during their stint in Rent. Diggs currently stars in TVs Private Practice. The couple has a little boy, Walker, born in 2009.
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