A Wicked The Musical Review
BOX OFFICE SMASH STILL HOLDS STRONG!
After five years on Broadway the untold story of the witches of Oz is still packing them in for each and every performance at the Gershwin Theatre. Since it premiered on October 30, 2003 audiences can’t seem to get enough of Wicked the Musical and they are proving it by shattering box office records around the globe. This spectacular musical has taken the world by storm with current productions running not only in New York but in Los Angeles, Chicago, London and Japan as well. The national tour has reportedly broken house records in every city it has played in prompting a second tour scheduled to begin in 2009. It is a story of both friendship and sisterhood that examines the relationship of two women who go on to become the most influential witches in all of Oz.
Wicked the Musical, based on the best selling novel by Gregory Maguire, is such a fantastic idea because it is a story created before Dorothy and company appear. The tale gives us a background and a basis for why things were the way they were by the time the twister drops a house in the middle of Munchkin land. The musical focuses on Elphapa the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. They begin as school girls who simple loathe each other but these rivals somehow develop a close friendship that will truly test their faith in one another. We all know how they end up but part of the shows allure is finding out how they got there in the first place.
The current cast stars Stephanie J. Block who audiences fell in love with during the first national tour as Elphaba but she will be replaced by Kerry Ellis on June 17, 2008. Ellis is a British stage actress who is currently playing the role in the West Ends production but will transfer to Broadway until November 20, 2008. She is the first British actress to play Elphaba and will return to the London production in December of this year. In the role of Glinda is Annaleigh Ashford who played the understudy for the part in the national tour, but is probably best known for her Broadway debut role as ditzy blonde Margot in the 2007 production of Legally Blonde. Taking over the role of Fiyero is Aaron Tveit who has played Link in Hairspray. He has also starred in the first national tours of Rent and Hairspray. Look for him to begin on 6/24/08.
Wicked the Musical is a fun theater experience that takes a familiar story and gives it a whole new life of its own. This is certainly one of those shows that you can see over and over again and take something new away from it each time. There are several surprises and a few plot twists that you won’t see coming plus many references to the actual Wizard of Oz that are mixed in for comic relief. It is a tale of good vs. evil but just not in the way you might think. Come see why audiences are raving about this hot performance. You will be glad you did!
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