Hailed as ""Broadway's biggest blockbuster"" in major reviews, Wicked on Broadway has been one of New York theatreland's most popular shows since it opened in October 2003. This captivating musical tells the incredible story of Glinda the good witch and Elphaba the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz's and is based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 version of the original 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. Indeed, there are several references to the original film in today's musical.
Telling the story of two friends, Elphaba and Glinda and their struggles through contrasting personalities, points of view and jealousy over a love-interest, the original cast featured Idina Menzel who played Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey in the role of the Wizard. With a $14 million initial investment, this lavish production deals with the thought-provoking themes of beauty, morality and fighting fascism, enthralling audiences from beginning to end.
The list of awards Wicked has won is impressive with three Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards. Musically, the show has excelled too, winning a Grammy for 'Best Musical Show Album'. Buying Wicked tickets will open up a world of spectacular sets, costumes, and special effects, which have all helped to earn this musical the accolade of being Broadway's ninth longest-running show.
Wicked is running at The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway's West 51st Street. This art-nouveau-inspired theatre is housed on the lower floors of the Paramount Plaza building, a towering office complex. The theatre opened in 1972 and adopted its current name in 1983 in honour of composer and lyricist duo George and Ira Gershwin. Visitors to The Gershwin Theatre can gain access using a covered walkway from 51st or 50th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. The nearest subway stations are 49th and 50th Street stations.
When buying Wicked tickets, the audience will enjoy a two and a half hour show, plus a 15-minute intermission. This Broadway phenomenon is a family-friendly musical and recommended for children aged eight or over. Children under five are not allowed into the theatre and admission to the show is strictly for those with a valid Wicked Broadway ticket. The performance has accessible seating and there's no dress code at the theatre.
Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine says, ""If every musical had a brain, a heart and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.""
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