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Wicked the Musical is a broadway musical, based on the original book by Gregory Maguire. The show spotlights on the journey and friendship of the Wicked Witch of the West and Good Witch of the North. According to Broadway.com, Wicked shifts from being the first or second most grossing in New York and is first in West End. Wicked has had 25 previews and 4544 as of September 28, 2014. Wicked has made a total of $868,505,846.

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Original Broadway CastEdit

Elphaba: Idina Menzel

Glinda: Kristin Chenowith

Fiyero: Norbert Leo Butz

The Wizard: Joel Grey

Madame Morrible: Carole Shelley

Nessarose: Michelle Ferderer

Boq: Christopher FitzGerald

Doctor Dillamond: William Youmans

Chistery: Manuel Herrera

Witch's Father / Ozian Official:Sean Mcourt

Witch's Mother: Cristy Candler

Midwife: Jan Neuberger

Songs and CharactersEdit

SongsEdit

  • Dear Old Shiz
  • The Wizard and I
  • What Is This Feeling?
  • Something Bad
  • Dancing Through Life
  • Popular
  • Defying Gravity
  • I'm Not That Girl
  • One Short Day
  • A Sentimental Man

Act I

  1. No One Mourns the Wicked – Glinda, Witch's Father, Witch's Mother, Lover, Midwife and Citizens
  2. Dear Old Shiz – Glinda and Students
  3. The Wizard and I – Madame Morrible and Elphaba
  4. What is this Feeling? – Glinda, Elphaba and Students
  5. Something Bad – Doctor Dillamond and Elphaba
  6. Dancing through Life – Fiyero, Glinda, Boq, Nessarose, Elphaba, and Students
  7. Popular – Glinda
  8. I'm Not that Girl – Elphaba
  9. One Short Day – Elphaba, Glinda and Denizens of the Emerald City
  10. A Sentimental Man – The Wizard
  11. Defying Gravity – Elphaba, Glinda, Guards and Citizens
  • No One Mourns the Wicked (Reprise)
  • Thank Goodness
  • The Wicked Witch of the East
  • Wonderful
  • As Long As You're Mine
  • No Good Deed
  • March of the Witch Hunters
  • For Good

Act II

  1. No One Mourns the Wicked (reprise) / Thank Goodness – Glinda, Madame Morrible and Citizens
  2. The Wicked Witch of the East – Nessarose, Elphaba, and Boq
  3. Wonderful – The Wizard and Elphaba
  4. I'm Not That Girl (reprise) – Glinda
  5. As Long as You're Mine – Elphaba and Fiyero
  6. No Good Deed – Elphaba
  7. March of the Witch Hunters – Boq (Tin Man) and Citizens
  8. For Good – Elphaba and Glinda
  9. Finale – Company

Major Characters (In Order of Appearance)Edit

  • G(a)linda
  • Elphaba
  • Nessarose
  • Boq
  • Madame Morrible
  • Doctor Dillamond
  • Fiyero
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Chistery

AwardsEdit

Broadway Production:

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
2004 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Actress in a Musical Idina Menzel Won
Favorite Diva Performance Won
Favorite Musical Won
Favorite Onstage Pair Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel Won
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Kristin Chenoweth Nominated
Idina Menzel Nominated
Outstanding Book of a Musical Winnie Holzman Won
Outstanding Costume Design Susan Hilferty Won
Outstanding Director of a Musical Joe Mantello Won
Outstanding Lighting Design Kenneth Posner Nominated
Outstanding Lyrics Stephen Schwartz Won
Outstanding Music Nominated
Outstanding Musical Won
Outstanding Orchestrations William David Brohn Nominated
Outstanding Set Design Eugene Lee Won
Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Kristin Chenoweth Nominated
Idina Menzel Nominated
Distinguished Production of a Musical Won
Eddy Awards Outstanding Costume Design Susan Hilferty Won
Tony Awards Best Actress in a Musical Kristin Chenoweth Nominated
Idina Menzel Won
Best Book of a Musical Winnie Holzman Nominated
Best Choreography Wayne Cilento Nominated
Best Costume Design Susan Hilferty Won
Best Lighting Design Kenneth Posner Nominated
Best Musical Nominated
Best Orchestrations William David Brohn Nominated
Best Original Score Stephen Schwartz Nominated
Best Scenic Design Eugene Lee Won
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Idina Menzel Nominated
Kristin Chenoweth Nominated
Outstanding Broadway Musical Won
Outstanding Choreography Wayne Cilento Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design Susan Hilferty Won
Outstanding Director of a Musical Joe Mantello Won
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Joel Grey Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Carole Shelley Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Kenneth Posner Nominated
Outstanding Set Design Eugene Lee Won
2005 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Female Replacement Shoshana Bean Nominated
Jennifer Laura Thompson Won
Favorite Long-Running Show Won
Favorite Male Replacement Joey McIntyre Won
Grammy Awards Best Musical Show Album Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Won
2006 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Female Replacement Eden Espinosa Won
Megan Hilty Nominated
Carol Kane Nominated
Rue McClanahan Nominated
Favorite Long-Running Show Won
Favorite Male Replacement Ben Vereen Won
2007 Favorite Female Replacement Julia Murney Nominated
Favorite Long-Running Show Won
Favorite Male Replacement Sebastian Arcelus Nominated
2008 Favorite Female Replacement Annaleigh Ashford Nominated
Stephanie J. Block Nominated
Favorite Long-Running Show Nominated
2009 Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance Kerry Ellis Won
Favorite Long-Running Show Won
Favorite Male Replacement Aaron Tveit Nominated
2010 Favorite Female Replacement Mandy Gonzalez Won
Favorite Long-Running Broadway Show Won
Favorite Male Replacement Andy Karl Nominated
2011 Favorite Long-Running Show Won

The National Tours:Edit

YearEdit

Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
2006 Helen Hayes Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production Stephanie J. Block Won
Kendra Kassebaum Nominated
Outstanding Non-Resident Production Nominated
Touring Broadway Awards Best Musical Score Stephen Schwartz Won
Best New Musical Won
Best Production Design Eugene Lee, Susan Hilferty, Kenneth Posner Won
2011 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Tour Won


The Chicago production:


Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
2006 Joseph Jefferson Awards Outstanding Actress in a Principal Role – Musical Ana Gasteyer Nominated
Kate Reinders Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical Rondi Reed Nominated
Outstanding Director – Musical Joe Mantello Nominated
Outstanding Production – Musical Nominated


The London Production


Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
2007 Lastminute.com People's Choice Theatre Awards Favourite Musical Won
Favourite New Theatre Moment "Defying Gravity" Won
Favourite Theatre Apollo Victoria Theatre Won
Favourite Theatre Actress Kerry Ellis Nominated
Laurence Olivier Awards Best Costume Design Susan Hilferty Nominated
Best Director Joe Mantello Nominated
Best Lighting Design Kenneth Posner Nominated
Best Set Design Eugene Lee Nominated
Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards Best Actress in a Musical Idina Menzel Won
Best Set Designer Eugene Lee Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Miriam Margolyes Won
Superbreak Best New Musical Won
2008 Best Takeover in a Role Kerry Ellis Won
Dianne Pilkington Nominated
2009 Women of the Future Awards Women of the Future Art and Culture Alexia Khadime and Dianne Pilkington Won
2010 Laurence Olivier Awards Most Popular Show(Audience Award) Won
Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards Best West End Show Won
2011 Best Takeover in a Role Lee Mead Nominated
Rachel Tucker Won
Best West End Show Won


The Melbourne Production


Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
2008 Green Room Awards Best Artistic Direction of a Musical Susan Hilferty and Eugene Lee Won
Best Choreography of a Musical Wayne Cilento Nominated
Best Director of a Musical Lisa Leguilliou Nominated
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Penny McNamee Won
Best Leading Actress in a Musical Lucy Durack Nominated
Amanda Harrison Nominated
Best Lighting and Sound of a Musical Kenneth Posner Won
Best Musical Nominated
Best Musical Direction of a Musical Kellie Dickerson Won
2009 Helpmann Awards Best Choreography in a Musical Wayne Cilento Won
Best Costume Design Susan Hilferty Won
Best Direction of a Musical Lisa Leguillou Won
Best Female Actor in a Musical Amanda Harrison Nominated
Lucy Durack Nominated
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Maggie Kirkpatrick Nominated
Best Lighting Design Kenneth Posner Nominated
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Rob Guest Won
Best Musical Won
Best Original Score Stephen Schwartz Nominated
Best Scenic Design Eugene Lee Won
Best Sound Design Tony Meola Nominated
Sydney Theatre Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical Amanda Harrison Nominated
Lucy Durack Nominated
Best Production of a Musical Nominated


TriviaEdit

  • Wicked uses 250 pounds of dry ice per show on Broadway and they probably use 200 pounds per show on the road.
  • The electrics department uses enough power to supply approximately twelve houses. Including the sound and automation departments, the total would increase to eighteen houses.
  • Wicked uses 500-300 miles of cable in the electrics department on Broadway and they'll probably use 4-5 miles of cable on the road.
  • 100,000 feet of steel cable have been used to restring the flying monkey wings during year one of the Broadway run.
  • The carpentry department on Broadway has about 175,000 pounds of scenery and they use about five miles of cable to automate it.
  • The dragon's eyes are red LED bulbs that never burn out.
  • The dragon's wingspan is the same as Cessna 172.
  • The dragon is named Ozwald.
  • The play is advertised under the tagline "So much happened before Dorothy dropped in."

PraiseEdit

"Best musical of the decade." Entertainment Weekly

"The defining musical of the decade." New York Times

"A cultural phenomenon." Variety


Wicked in Popular CultureEdit

The extraordinary success of Wicked has made several of the show's songs popular and has resulted in references to the show, characters, and songs in popular culture. Wicked on Broadway and in international productions has been featured or parodied on televison shows such as Brothers and Sisters, The War at Home, Ugly Betty, The Simpsons, South Park, and is continously featured on Glee. 

The Dutch cast of Wicked appeared in an episode of the daily soap Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden. In this episode, Elphaba (Willemijn Verkaik), Glinda, Madame Morrible, Fiyero and The Wizard appear in a dream of GTST character Lucas Sanders (played by Ferry Doedens, alternate Fiyero). The episode aired on June 29th, 2012. 

The Broadway musical Shrek the Musical parodies the show's Act I finale with "What's Up, Duloc?"; character Lord Farquaad re-enacts "Defying Gravity" by shouting "No one's gonna bring me down" followed by the infamous belt of Elphaba's while atop his castle.

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