Wicked Tickets

When Wicked the Musical premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in the year 2003, it met a rather harsh response from the critics. But the brilliant performances of the cast drew the audience to the theaters in large numbers and with that it became a staple on Broadway. The play has been running successfully for over thirteen years now. It has been translated into five different languages and been described by the New York Times as ‘Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster.’ The success of Wicked led to numerous other productions of the musical worldwide. Today it holds the box office record for the highest weekly gross in North America as well as London. The musical has more than a hundred prestigious international awards to its name. These include a Grammy and three Tony Awards. To the delight of theatergoers it is on tour again and will be making stops in a number of cities across America. To be able to watch the stunning theatrical live, Wicked tickets should be booked in advance.

 

Origin

When lyricist and composer Stephen Szhwartz was on vacation in Hawaii, he happened to come across a novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire. He knew then that he wanted to make the novel’s theatrical adaptation. Since the rights to make a movie based on the novel were reserved with Universal, Schwartz requested Maguire to release the rights for a theatrical production as well.

Schwartz then invited Winnie Holzman to write the script. Together Holzman and Schwartz worked diligently on the plot of the musical. Later they joined forces with Marc Plott who helped fine-tune the outline and ensure that the adaptation was one that looked original and not a literal translation of the novel.

The Story

Wicked the Musical has two main characters, Glinda the Good Witch of the North and Elphaba the green skinned Wicked Witch of the West. The two meet at the Shiz University and become roommates. They have opposing personalities and completely different looks. The twist in the story comes when both fall for the prince Fiyero.

When the witches discover that the Wizard of Oz is on a mission to segregate the animals in Oz from the society, Elphaba vows to save the animals and rebels against the Wizard. Glinda on the other hand chooses to protect herself and her image of a good witch. The musical then shows how the two witches deal with the changing circumstances and transform into different personalities, influencing the destinies of each other as well as the society they live in.

On Tour

The touring production of Wicked the Musical will be making stops across North America. The production has Joe Mantello as director and Wayne Cilento as choreographer with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The set designing is done by Eugene Lee, lighting by Kenneth Posner while costumes are by Susan Hilferty. It is a show that has the best in the business on its team and since the Wicked tour dates have come out, tickets for the upcoming shows are selling by the minute.

Some Interesting Facts

The Wicked Witch did not have a name in the original novel of L. Frank Baum. Gregory Maguire made the name Elphaba from Baum's initials, L.F.B

The star who first brought the character of Elphabato life on stage, Idina Menzel actually went home crying when she auditioned for the role. Her voice cracked on the song 'Defying Gravity.' She was however chosen for the part and went on to win a Tony Award for her performance in the musical.

On an average it takes about two to three years for a highly successful production to recover its investment. In the case of Wicked, the musical recouped the $14 million investment within fourteen months only.

With 5,462 performances Wicked has surpassed 'Beauty and the Beast' to become the ninth longest running show in Broadway history.

The Wicked Witch did not have a name in the original novel of L. Frank Baum. Gregory Maguire made the name Elphaba from Baum's initials, L.F.B

The star who first brought the character of Elphabato life on stage, Idina Menzel actually went home crying when she auditioned for the role. Her voice cracked on the song 'Defying Gravity'. She was however chosen for the part and went on to win a Tony Award for her performance in the musical.

On an average it takes about two to three years for a highly successful production to recover its investment. In the case of Wicked, the musical recouped the $14 million investment within fourteen months only.

With 5,462 performances Wicked has surpassed 'Beauty and the Beast' to become the ninth longest running show in Broadway history.