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Direct from Broadway, Wicked is still the must-see of London's Theatreland, that made stars of its two original leads, Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, and got little girls (plus bigger ones) begging to paint themselves in head-to-toe green!
Gregory Maguire's best-selling novel provides a rich and subversive prequel to Frank L Baum's original tale. Heart-achingly glamorous, tragic and with more than a few comedic moments for the adults, this musical transports audiences to an Oz not seen in previous incarnations. Spectacular fantasy, wizardry, witchcraft, boarding school, teenage romance and the lust for popularity, all combine in this coming-of-age tale.
Take your mother, your friends, your sister - even your brother - to see this; this show entails all that is important about friendship and family without the saccharine, however unlikely and imperfect they may be.
Did you always think that the Wicked Witch of the East, and Glinda The Good were lifelong enemies? You'd be wrong! After a disastrous meeting at magical academy, an extraordinary friendship forms between two girls who couldn't be any more different: blonde and ditzy Glinda, and the misunderstood nerdy green girl, Elphaba. Rejected by her family for her emerald skin tone and blamed for her younger sister's disability, Elphaba is expected to follow on in her cold father's role as mayor - but she has other plans. Plans that could change the lives of all Oz inhabitants forever.
Elphaba's perfectly blended green foundation is made specially for the show by sponsored cosmetic company MAC. The product, MAC PRO Chromacake Landscape Green, however isn't available to buy anywhere for that reason. Boo.
Previews from: 7 September 2006
Opening night: 27 September 2006
Wicked is recommended age for children is 8 years and up. There is nothing of a vulgar or sexual nature, but there are adult themes. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted.
Two hours and 45 minutess with one 15 minute intermission
Nikki Bentley as Elphaba
Helen Woolf as Glinda
Alistair Brammer as Fiyero
Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible
Andy Hockley as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Carina Gillespie as Nessarose
Natasha Gerguson as Nessarose (Maternity Cover)
Idriss Kargbo as Boq
Simeon Truby as Dr Dillamond
Laura Pick as Standby for Elphaba
Lisa-Anne Wood as Standby for Glinda
Chanelle Anthony, Meg Astin, Rebecca Botterill, Michael Colbourne, Lewis Easter, Nolan Edwards, Kerry Enright, Rebecca Gililand, Lucie Horsfall, Nicole Lupino, Maggie Lynne, Stuart MacIver, Carl Man, Rhidian Marc, Joanna Sawyer, Tonye Scott-Obene, Scott Sutcliffe, Genevieve Taylor, Grant Thrash, James Titchener, Libby Watts, Bryony Whitfield, Chad Wilder, Dickie Wood, Chiariana Woodall and Tom Woollaston
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Winnie Holzman
Directed by Joe Mantello
Musical Staging by Wayne Cilento
Music Supervision / Arrangements by Stephen Oremus
Orchestrations by William David Brohn
Scenic Design by Eugene Lee
Costume Design by Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner
Sound Design by Tony Meola
Projection Design by Elaine J. McCarthy
Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson
Winner of the 2010 Audience Award for the Most Popular Show as voted for by the readers of officiallondontheatre.co.uk
2015 OLIVIER AWARDS
This Morning audience award, as voted for by the public
Mesmerising breathtaking DELIGHTFUL
Wicked provides the perfect escape from reality
Judging from the standing ovation given at the end of the show and the throngs of emerald fans disappearing daily through those emerald doors, Wicked's spell shows no sign of abating.Read full review
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