There have been moments in the history of musical theater when, like a twister, the sheer talent and whirling spectacle of a production have flattened any negative criticism that stood to get in its way. Take October, 2003 for example. That was the month that Wicked opened in New York to generally dour reviews. But since then, more than 8.8 million people have found the heart, nerve and wisdom to pay a visit, resulting in the happy scene of a Broadway house filled with as many teens as adults,...
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Wicked on Broadway Information
Wicked on Broadway has defied gravity at the Gershwin Theatre for nearly 20 years and counting, making history as the fourth-longest-running Broadway show of all time. Get Wicked tickets on New York Theatre Guide now and see the musical that has changed countless audiences for good.
Based on Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, the Wicked musical centers on the Wizard of Oz antagonist before she got that malicious moniker. First, she was Elphaba, a green-skinned outcast with an extraordinary talent for sorcery. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Glinda the Good Witch at school, but it turns upside down when a meeting with the Wonderful Wizard of Oz goes awry.
The Wicked original cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, with songs including "Defying Gravity," "Popular," and "For Good." Stephen Schwartz, who's also known for musicals like Pippin and Godspell, composed the Wicked musical, and Winnie Holzman adapted Maguire's novel into the show's book.
Maguire's novel was originally supposed to be adapted into a feature film; however, after a little persuasion from Schwartz, who had read the book and developed his own theatrical interpretation, Universal agreed to co-produce the property as a stage musical. Now, a two-part Wicked film adaptation is currently in the works, starring Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, and Jonathan Bailey.
When did Wicked open on Broadway?
After completing its pre-Broadway engagement at San Francisco's Curran Theatre in April 2003, Wicked on Broadway officially opened at the Gershwin Theatre in October of that year and has turned countless people into musical theatre fans for good.
Wicked went on to win three Tony Awards in 2004, including Idina Menzel for her portrayal as Elphaba. Menzel and her co-star Kristin Chenoweth's portrayal of Glinda elevated the pair into Broadway superstardom and remain among the most identifiable and iconic performances in recent Broadway history.
How long is Wicked the musical?
Wicked runs 2 hours and 45 minutes with an intermission.
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(Photos by Joan Marcus)
2hr 45min (incl. intermission)
October 8th, 2003
Recommended for ages 8+
Cast and creative
By: Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, with a Book by Winnie Holzman based on the novel by Gregory Maguire
Director: Joe Mantello
Producer: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, David Stone
Cast list: Alyssa Fox (as Elphaba), McKenzie Kurtz (as Glinda), Jordan Litz (as Fiyero), Michele Pawk (as Madame Morrible), John Dossett (as The Wizard), Michael Wartella (as Boq), Kimber Elayne Sprawl (as Nessarose), William Youmans (as Doctor Dillamond)
Design: Eugene Lee
Lighting: Kenneth Posner
Costume: Susan Hilferty
Choreography: Wayne Cilento
Sound: Tony Meola
Latest Wicked on Broadway News & Features
How wonderful! Jake Pedersen joins the Broadway cast of Wicked as Boq beginning August 14. He previously played the role on Wicked's national tour and now replaces Michael Wartella, who plays his final performance on August 12. Pedersen joins a cast that also includes Alyssa Fox as Elphaba, McKenzie Kurtz as Glinda, Jordan Litz as Fiyero, John Dossett as The Wizard, Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk as Madame Morrible, Kimber Elayne Sprawl as Nessarose, and William Youmans as Doctor Dillamond....
Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's beloved musical turns 20 in October, and the show has had many notable steps on the (yellow brick) road to this milestone.
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On April 11, the Wizard of Oz-inspired musical, which has been playing the Gershwin Theatre since 2003, will surpass Cats in number of Broadway performances.
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