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Wicked on Broadway: Tickets, reviews and video

Broadway's high-flying Wicked still has the magic to draw tourists to New York. Find out more about the show and get tickets.

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Wicked on Broadway: Show information

Gershwin Theatre. Book by Winnie Holzman. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. With Jackie Burns, Alli Mauzey. 2hrs 45mins. One intermission.

When it opened on October 30, 2003, Wicked was unique among Broadway shows. Sure, L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz had been adapted for the stage a century ago, but a musical prequel that explained how the Wicked Witch of the West got that way, and explored her true relationship to Glinda the Good Witch? It seemed like a stretch. And yet, so did dancing and singing cats, and we know how that story ended. Truth is,Wicked was a combination of outstanding elements. It had a fantastical and catchy pop-inflected score by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell), a smart and ironic book by Winnie Holzman, and dynamite direction by Joe Mantello. For a Broadway show set in the whimsical and delightfully oddball world of Oz, the set and costume designs were appropriately outlandish. But when it opened on Broadway, Wicked also had two secret weapons: Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as Elphaba and Galinda, respectively. The green-skinned outcast Elphaba meets the blond and popular Galinda in school, and they go from instant animosity to close friends. When the two girls meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, however, everything changes and they're forced to take sides. Today,Wicked is one the hottest Broadway tickets, with productions constantly on tour and around the world. In short, it's never going to stop "Defying Gravity."—David Cote

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Gershwin Theatre: Information and map

Address
Gershwin Theatre
222 W 51st St
Midtown West
New York

Cross street
between Broadway and Eighth Ave

Phone
212-586-6510

Website
gershwintheatre.com

Transportation
Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, R to 49th St
 
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Wicked opening night cast & crew

• Idina Menzel as Elphaba
• Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda
• Joel Grey as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
• Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero
• Christopher Fitzgerald as Boq
• Michelle Federer as Nessarose
• Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible
• William Youmans as Doctor Dillamond
• Joe Mantello - Director
• Wayne Cilento - Musical Staging
• Eugene Lee - Scenic Design
• Susan Hilferty - Costume Design
• Kenneth Posner - Lighting Design
• Tony Meola - Sound Design
• Marc Platt, David Stone, Jon B. Platt - Producers
• Stephen Schwartz - Music & Lyrics
• Winnie Holzman - Book
• Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire

Wicked awards

2004 Tony Awards

  • Best Actress in a Musical - Idina Menzel
  • Best Costume Design - Susan Hilferty
  • Best Scenic Design - Eugene Lee

2004 Drama Desk Awards
  • Outstanding Musical
  • Outstanding Book of a Musical - Winnie Holzman
  • Outstanding Costume Design - Susan Hilferty
  • Outstanding Director of a Musical - Joe Mantello
  • Outstanding Lyrics - Stephen Schwartz
  • Outstanding Orchestrations - William David Brohn
  • Outstanding Set Design - Eugene Lee

2005 Grammy Awards
  • Best Musical Show Album - Original Broadway Cast

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