The international hit musical Wicked, which became the fourth longest-running production in Broadway history this past April, celebrates another milestone October 30: 20 years at the Gershwin Theatre. (Click here for a list of Broadway's longest-running shows.)
Following a weekend of anniversary celebrations that included a performance on ABC's Good Morning America, a Wicked Day Block Party outside the Gershwin, and special “Pink” and “Green” performances that boasted either a Pink Performance Wicked Day Playbill or a Green Performance Wicked Day, the Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical offers a 20th anniversary performance for Wicked alums and fans at 6:30 PM at the Gershwin. To mark the occasion, the Empire State Building is being lit in green.
The 20th anniversary festivities are scheduled to conclude October 31 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts with a free panel discussion about the creation of the global blockbuster. Panelists will include Wicked composer-lyricist Schwartz, librettist Holzman, and producer David Stone.
Wicked is the winner of over 100 international awards and has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries around the world. The musical has been translated into six languages, been seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide, and has amassed over $5 billion in global sales. The musical is currently in its 17th year in London, and a U.K. tour will re-launch in Edinburgh this December.
Wicked's Broadway cast currently features Alyssa Fox as Elphaba, McKenzie Kurtz as Glinda, John Dossett as The Wizard, Michele Pawk as Madame Morrible, Jordan Litz as Fiyero, Jake Pedersen as Boq, Kimber Elayne Sprawl as Nessarose, and William Youmans as Doctor Dillamond.
Wicked began previews on Broadway October 8, 2003, with an
official opening October 30. The original cast included Tony winners
Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as, respectively, the green-faced,
misunderstood Elphaba and the curly-locked Glinda.
Wicked, with music and lyrics by Schwartz and a book by Holzman, is based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.
The Joe Mantello-helmed production features musical staging by Wayne Cilento, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Meola, projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, music supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott. Casting is by the Telsey Office.
Wicked won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Best Costume Design (Hilferty), and Best Scenic Design (Lee).