Magical Facts About Wicked The Musical
Wicked first cast its spell on US audiences when it opened on Broadway in October 2003 starring Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Joel Grey. Since then it has gone on to play around the world with productions in Japan, Germany, Australia and our very own West End.
The musical opened at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre in September 2006 where it continues to mesmerize theatregoers with its award-winning score and magical performances. Here are a few things you may not know about the wickedly wonderful show:
1. The current West End productions stars Emma Hatton as Elphaba, Savannah Stevenson as Glinda and Oliver Savile as Fiyero.
2. Before the London production officially opened in September 2006 it played 22 sold out preview performances and by the end of October 2006 became the highest-grossing show in West End history after record-breaking sales.
3. Wicked will soon mark its 10 anniversary in London and has already received the title of 9th longest running show in the West End.
4. Approximately 7 million people have seen the musical in London and 50 million worldwide following performances in 13 countries around the globe.
5. Wicked has received over 100 international awards including a Grammy.
6. The musical is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire called ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.’
7. The Wicked Witch (Elphaba) is not named in L Frank Baum’s original novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. The name was created for her character by Gregory Maguire using the author’s initials – L.F.B.
8. Gregory Maguire wrote his prequel to Baum’s wizardly tale whilst living in London and after first publishing it in 1995 sold over 2 million printed copies.