101 Words About This Show:
Wicked is a box-office phenomenon wherever it plays. It owns the single-week sales record for Broadway, and has been a favorite in Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as the U.K., Australia, and Japan, and on tour.
It’s set in the Land of Oz, from the classic children’s stories by L. Frank Baum, but tells its tale from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba. She and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, play out their up-and-down relationship in the background to the better-known adventures of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Who’s Who and What’s What:
Wicked features lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote Pippin and Godspell. The book is by Winnie Holzman, an Emmy-winning writer for My So-Called Life.
The show, with two strong female leads, has resonated with audiences since opening in 2003 and continues to play to sold-out houses.
A bit of trivia, the name “Elphaba,” was created by stealing syllables from “L. Frank Baum,” the author of the Oz series.
Where and When:
- Gershwin Theatre
222 West 51st Street
- Show Times and Tickets
- Opening: October 30, 2003
- Closing: Open-ended run
- Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (including intermission)