Wicked tells the “untold story” of the Witches of Oz - popular blonde Glinda, aka the Good Witch of the North, and her spin-victim friend Elphaba – who were both immortalised in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz. The musical has a book by Winnie Holtzman, based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It’s directed by Joe Mantello.
Opened in 2003 on Broadway, where it’s still running, Wicked received its West End premiere on 27 September 2006 (previews from 6 September). In this year’s Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, covering the 2006 theatre year, it won Best New Musical and Best Set Designer (for Eugene Lee) as well as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for original cast members Idina Menzel and Miriam Margolyes.
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The current West End company is led by Kerry Ellis (who plays the green-skinned Elphaba), Dianne Pilkington (“good witch” Glinda), Susie Blake (Madame Morrible), Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero) and Nigel Planer (The Wizard). For Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand with the stars of the show and producer Michael McCabe for the cutting of the birthday cake at the Apollo Victoria.
- by Terri Paddock