"Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz" is a musical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," which gives ample depth to the Wicked Witch of the West with a complex backstory. Based on L. Frank Baum's classic tale, "Wicked" adds new depth to classic characters and explores an alternate story line where the Witch of the West is a misunderstood animal lover just trying to fit in. The musical features songs by composer Stephen Schwartz and a book by writer Winnie Holzman. First entering theaters in 2003, Wicked has delighted patrons for 13 years. With over 5,000 performances highlighting dozens of talented actors, Wicked in New York is the 10th longest-running Broadway show.
Wicked on Broadway is recognized by several awards, including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical. The original Broadway cast album earned a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Musical Show Album and includes favorites like "No One Mourns the Wicked," "Dancing through Life" and "I'm Not That Girl." Selling over 2.5 million copies, the album has reached double platinum status.
While new actors are fulfilling the roles of the characters since its debut production, the Broadway cast is still recognized as sublime. Wicked tickets and sales have continued to rise in popularity, allowing the production to earn over $3 million annually. This has spawned several North American and international tours and long-running replicas in West End and Chicago.
The current cast of Wicked on Broadway in New York features Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West. Her rival, Glinda, is played by Carrie St. Louis. Fiyero, the shared love interest, is played by Michael Campayno. Other noteworthy talent includes Judy Kaye, Peter Scolari, Dawn E. Cantwell and more.
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Did you know these Wicked facts?
- Wicked made back its original $14 million investment after just 14 months of performances.
- Elphaba's bright skin color is created using Chromacake, a solid green watercolor makeup.
- Elphaba's actress doesn't use a stunt double to fly. Instead, she manages the mechanisms herself as she defies gravity in the first act.
- The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., has a Wicked NYC exhibit. It features character costumes and props, including Elphaba's broom.
Current Wicked Broadway schedule
The Wicked schedule in New York offers evening performances every day except for Mondays. On Saturdays and Sundays, Wicked in NYC can be seen twice, once at 2 p.m. and again in the evening. This makes getting Wicked Broadway tickets easy for those visiting New York City. Each show is 2 hours and 20 minutes long with a 15-minute intermission between acts.