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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

What: Wicked Show

How Long:
2hrs, 45mins.
(1 Intermission)
Average Weekly Schedule

The musical show Wicked began previews on Broadway NYC Manhattan at the Gershwin Theatre on October 8, 2003, and officially opened on October 30. Most of the Wicked production team and original cast members remained with the show, except for some minor ensemble changes. Also, Robert Morse was replaced by Joel Grey who was billed over the title, William Youmans replaced John Horton as Doctor Dillamond and Christopher Fitzgerald replaced Kirk McDonald as Boq. In addition, Eden Espinosa and Laura Bell Bundy were added to the original Broadway cast as the standbys for Elphaba and Glinda. The Wicked musical show production has consistently been one of the two highest weekly grossing shows since its opening and has grossed over $1 million every week. The Wicked musical show Broadway production welcomed its 5 millionth audience member on September 29, 2010.

Wicked is a musical show with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. The Wicked musical show story is loosely based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, a parallel novel of the 1939 film of L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Wicked is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz.
The Wicked show celebrated its seventh anniversary on October 30, 2010. Wicked is currently the 17th longest-running Broadway show in history, having played 2,950 performances as of December 12, 2010. In the week ending January 2, 2011, the London, Broadway, and both national touring productions all broke the record for the highest weekly gross.
Wicked musical show tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, and her relationship with Galinda, later Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel, Glinda is the Good Witch of the South). Their friendship struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. The Wicked plot begins before and continues after Dorothy's arrival from Kansas, and includes several references to the events depicted in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a backstory.
After Wicked tryouts at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco in May 2003, Wicked premiered in October 2003 on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. Wicked musical show was produced by Universal Pictures and directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The original Wicked show stars were Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey as the Wizard. Although the Wicked production received mixed reviews and was panned by The New York Times, Wicked has proved to be a favorite among patrons. The Broadway show Wicked production's success spawned productions in Chicago, Los Angeles, London's West End and San Francisco, as well as international productions in Japan, Germany, Australia and elsewhere, and two North American tours that have visited over thirty cities in Canada and the United States.
Wicked musical show has broken box office records around the world, holding weekly-gross-takings records in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and London, and the record for biggest opening in the West End (£100,000 in the first hour on sale). Both the West End production and the North American tour have been seen by over two million Wicked patrons. The Wicked show was nominated for ten 2004 Tony Awards, winning three, including for Best Actress (Menzel). Wicked also won six Drama Desk Awards and an Olivier Award.

Wicked musical show explores the concept that the Wicked Witch of the West, here known as Elphaba, is a misunderstood, victimized person whose behavior was merely a reaction against a charlatan wizard's corrupt government. Wicked musical show also shows her relationship with the beautiful and ambitious Galinda Upland, who ultimately becomes Glinda the Good Witch of the North.

Wicked musical show Act 1:
The Wicked show opens as the citizens of Oz rejoice over the death of the Wicked Witch of the West. Glinda descends onto the stage and confirms the circumstances of the Witch's melting, and explains how the Witch was the result of a relationship her mother had with a stranger, and her father hated her for being green ("No One Mourns the Wicked"). The remainder of the plot forms an extended flashback through the events of Glinda's and the Witch's lives. It starts at Shiz University when Glinda, then Galinda Upland, first encounters Elphaba Thropp, the daughter of the governor of Munchkinland ("Dear Old Shiz"), who is ostracized for her electric-green skin; they take an immediate dislike to each other. Elphaba has only come to care for her wheelchair bound sister, Nessarose, whom her father adores (this scene also marks the first appearance of the famous ruby slippers). In a moment of anger, Elphaba reveals an innate magical talent, which impresses Madame Morrible, the "headshiztress" of Shiz; she notes that Elphaba's talents may be of use to the Wizard of Oz, and promises to ask him for an audience ("The Wizard and I"). Galinda and Elphaba, meanwhile, espouse their mutual loathing in a duet, while the rest of the students side with Galinda ("What is this Feeling?").
The Wicked audience is introduced to Dr. Dillamond, a Goat and Shiz University's only Animal professor, whose history class is interrupted by an anti-Animal demonstration. After dismissing the class, he confides in Elphaba that things in Oz are not what they seem to be; something is causing the Animals of Oz to lose their powers of speech ("Something Bad").
Fiyero Tiggular, a Winkie prince, arrives at Shiz and immediately impresses his own brand of cavalier, carefree living on the students. He organizes a party at a local ballroom. A munchkin named Boq (Galinda thinks his name is Bick) tries to ask Galinda to the ball, but Galinda, who wants Fiyero as her date, distracts him by telling him to invite Nessarose. Later, Galinda, while preparing, discovers a black pointed hat in a box and gives it to Elphaba as a “present"; Elphaba arrives wearing the hat, only to be ridiculed. Defiant, she proceeds to dance alone and without musical accompaniment. Madame Morrible shows up and presents Galinda with a training wand from Elphaba, who is grateful for Galinda's "kindness" towards her and Nessarose. Feeling guilty, Galinda joins Elphaba on the dance floor, marking the start of a new friendship between the two ("Dancing Through Life"). After the Wicked dance, Galinda and Elphaba talk in their room; Galinda decides to give her new friend a makeover and to make her "Popular." Elphaba confesses that her father hates her because what happened to Nessarose is her fault; her mother ate too much of a special plant to prevent her next baby from being green. Nessarose's legs were permanently damaged, and her mother died giving birth to her. Galinda reveals that she's going to marry Fiyero; he just doesn't know it yet.
The next day, Ozian officials (Wicked) take away Doctor Dillamond. The new history teacher arrives with a caged lion cub (who will turn out to be the Cowardly Lion) as the subject of an in-class experiment, revealing that animals that are kept in cages never will learn how to speak. Outraged, Elphaba and Fiyero steal the cub and set it free. The two realize that they may have feelings for each other, but Fiyero leaves, embarrassed. Elphaba takes refuge under a bridge and states that it would be impossible for someone like Fiyero to love someone like her ("I'm Not That Girl"). Madame Morrible finds her and announces that she has been granted an audience with the Wizard. At the train station, Galinda and Fiyero see Elphaba off to the Emerald City. In an attempt to impress Fiyero, Galinda announces that she will change her name to "Glinda" in honor of Doctor Dillamond's persistent mispronunciation. Fiyero seems not to notice, focusing his attention instead on Elphaba, and feeling bad for Glinda, Elphaba invites her along to see the Wizard.
After a day of sightseeing in the Emerald City ("One Short Day"), Elphaba and Glinda meet the Wizard. Eschewing the special effects that he employs for the benefit of most visitors, he invites Elphaba to join him ("A Sentimental Man"). As a test, he asks that Elphaba give his monkey servant, Chistery, the ability to fly using the Grimmerie, an ancient book of spells. Elphaba demonstrates an innate understanding of the lost language, and successfully gives Chistery wings. Showing her how powerful she really is, the Wizard reveals a cage full of winged monkeys, and remarks that they will make good spies to report any subversive Animal activity. Realizing that she has been used and that the Wizard has no power of his own, Elphaba runs away with the Grimmerie, pursued by the palace guards. Elphaba and Glinda run into the tallest tower, where they hear Madame Morrible declaring to all of Oz that Elphaba is a "Wicked Witch" and is to be distrusted. Elphaba enchants a broomstick to fly and tries to convince Glinda to join her in her cause, but Glinda cannot resist the call of popularity and refuses. Leaving Glinda behind, Elphaba flies off, promising to fight the Wizard with all of her Wicked power ("Defying Gravity").

Wicked musical show Act 2:
Madame Morrible's smear campaign soon earns Elphaba the title "The Wicked Witch of the West" ("No One Mourns the Wicked (Reprise)"). Glinda and Morrible hold a press conference to announce Glinda's surprise engagement to Fiyero ("Thank Goodness"). Meanwhile, Elphaba arrives at the governor's residence in Munchkinland seeking refuge; Nessarose, now the governess, criticizes Elphaba for not using her newfound powers to help her sister. Guilty, Elphaba enchants Nessarose's jeweled shoes, enabling her to walk. Boq, Nessarose's servant, is summoned and reveals that his affection for Nessarose was not real and his heart lies with Glinda. Furious, Nessarose casts a spell from the Grimmerie, causing Boq's heart to shrink. While Elphaba attempts to save him, Nessarose reflects on how her obsession with Boq has led her to oppress the Munchkins ("The Wicked Witch of the East"). Elphaba saves Boq by turning him into the Tin Woodman; horrified, Nessarose lays the blame with Elphaba.
Elphaba returns to the Wizard's palace in order to free the rest of the winged monkeys. The Wizard attempts to regain her favor by agreeing to set them free ("Wonderful"). Upon discovering a now-speechless Doctor Dillamond among the monkeys, Elphaba rejects his offer and attempts to escape, but runs into Fiyero. Confirming his true love for Elphaba, he runs off with her. Glinda sees this and is crestfallen that those closest to her have betrayed her ("I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)"). In an attempt to capture Elphaba once and for all, Madame Morrible decides to create a cyclone that will endanger Nessarose.
In a dark forest, Fiyero and Elphaba express their love, but are interrupted when Elphaba senses that her sister is in danger ("As Long As You're Mine"). She flies off to help, but it is too late, arriving just as Glinda sends Dorothy and Toto off along the Yellow Brick Road. The palace guards capture Elphaba, but Fiyero intervenes and allows Elphaba to escape before surrendering himself. The guards take him to a nearby cornfield to be tortured until he tells them of Elphaba's whereabouts. At her castle, Elphaba tries to cast any spell that she can to save Fiyero, but thinking that she has failed, she begins to accept her reputation as "wicked" ("No Good Deed").
Meanwhile, the Citizens of Oz and Boq prepare a witch-hunt ("March of the Witch Hunters"). Seeing this, Glinda travels to Elphaba's castle to persuade her to let Dorothy go, but Elphaba refuses. She makes Glinda promise not to clear her name and to take charge in Oz, and the two confirm a true friendship ("For Good"). As the mob arrives at the castle, Dorothy runs in and throws a bucket of water on Elphaba, melting her. Glinda, unsure of what has happened, sees that all that remains of her friend is her black hat and elixir vial. After mourning Elphaba's death, Glinda takes the elixir vial to the Wizard, revealing the fact that he is Elphaba's father after having had an affair with her mother. Glinda tells the Wizard to leave Oz in his balloon and sends Morrible to prison, before preparing to face the citizens of Oz, returning to the opening scene of the show.
Fiyero, whom Elphaba had turned into the Scarecrow, opens a trapdoor in Elphaba's castle. Elphaba, very much alive, emerges and the two are happily reunited. Glinda addresses the citizens of Oz, proclaiming that she would like to be "Glinda the Good" as she will reform the government. Elphaba and Fiyero leave Oz forever as the Wicked musical show cast performs the final song ("Finale").

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