The Show Premiering on Broadway in 2003, the global phenomenon that is Wicked continues to captivate audiences in over one hundred cities, in thirteen different countries and seven different languages. A magical tale of friendship, love, power and destiny, Wicked questions the supposed dichotomy of good versus evil and explores the premise of perception truly being reality. Based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 revisionist novel of L. Frank Baum's original works, Wicked reveals the untold story preceding the iconic Wizard of Oz. We follow the adventures and dilemmas of Elphaba and Glinda as they realise their respective callings as 'Wicked Witch of the West' and 'Glinda the Good' via their blossoming friendship, dealings with the corrupt power-wielding Wizard of Oz, and the mutual love-interest towards a young prince named Fiyero. A parallel universe opens up before our eyes as the masterful Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Joe Mantello (director) lead a vastly talented creative team in bringing the enchanted Land of Oz to life in magnificently lavish style, realising a world of fantasy, sorcery and unrivalled beauty.
History of Wicked In 1998 Stephen Schwartz approached Universal Studios to realise his vision of a spectacular Broadway production of Maguire's novel which, after several musical workshops, arrived on Broadway in April 2003 - three years later London's West End would receive the same treatment as ecstatic theatre patrons braved freezing temperatures to secure their tickets to see Wicked. The unflinching popularity of this wonderful smash-hit musical shows no signs of waning.
As of 6th December 2015, Wicked is the 18th longest running West End show of all time with over 4,000 performances. It sits on the brink of grossing 1$ billion on Broadway and has been seen by more than 50 million people worldwide.
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Awards and what the Critics say Wicked has received over 100 awards during twelve glorious years captivating audiences of the theatre-going world. The West End production received 9 whatsonstage.com awards including Best West End Show & Best Musical, an Olivier award for Most Popular Show alongside crowning accolades from the Dress Circle, Visit London, the Evening Standard and many, many more.
Wicked receives stunning applause from vast arrays of media outlets, all singing from the same hymn sheet. Lynn Parsons tells her listeners "There is no show in London that matches the wit, wonder of Wicked - an unforgettable enchanting triumph, dazzling the senses and touching the heart", while Tim Lichfield states that "Wicked combines spectacular visuals and production values with an ingenious story, brilliant performances and genuine emotion". Perfectly summed up, Luke Smith simply puts "It's the best show I've seen in the West End".
Interesting facts about Wicked Through its For Good programme, Wicked spearheads a range of causes which stem from themes encountered in the musical - two of these are the Wicked Young Writer Awards, and Wicked Day, where productions around the world unite to raise money for green charities
Elphaba's perfectly green foundation is made especially for the show by the cosmetic company MAC.
Wicked audience reviews
Superb, 94%Score from 2070 reviews
"Wasn`t too sure what to expect story wise but loved it, very clever writing given the background material and on the fact most people (myself included) likely only know of the original Wizard of Oz film and perhaps the later sequel."
"A great story well thought out with some really powerful songs in there..The cast were amazing and the perfomance was faultless.. loved every minute...Highly recommended.. Thank you.."
"First experience of a west end show and it was even better than i hoped it would be!"
"Awesome production with amazing sets and a truly Wicked cast."
"Wow must see"14/2/2017
"Fantastic choice by my husband. Brilliant fantastic and wow"
"Quite simply Entertaining and Stunning."14/2/2017
"Took my wife for her birthday and she was mesmerized from start to finish."
WickedRating: 94% out of 100 based on 2070 reviews.
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