Details: The above trailer does not have Idina Menzel or Kristin Chenoweth, who were the leads in the original Broadway cast. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2004. The official site is https://wickedthemusical.com/broadway-tickets/ You can find a playbill for the original Broadway cast at http://www.playbill.com/production/wicked-george-gershwin-theatre-vault-0000011020
In the last couple of years, exemplary Broadway musicals have come out that do not rely on stage effects or armies of dancers and, instead, have relied on the talents of a relatively small cast as well as great music and great writing. While Wicked had two amazing leads in Idina Menzel (Elsa from Frozen) and Kristin Chenoweth, Wicked is a big budget Broadway musical that is good because of its talent as well as its budget.
Wicked is a musical that takes place before, during, and after the events of The Wizard of Oz. The story centers on the character The Wicked Witch of the West (whose real name is Elphaba in this story) and tells her origin and her circumstances during the events of The Wizard of Oz. Wicked seeks to tell a more empathetic story for the Wicked Witch of the West, explaining her side of the story instead of just painting her as the villain.
It’s a really fun story, especially if you’re a fan of The Wizard of Oz. I think it was based on a book of the same name. Wicked takes the fantastic realm of The Wizard of Oz and turns it hilariously ordinary, providing comedic color and backstory for the world of The Wizard of Oz. For instance, the first half of the show mostly takes place at a boarding school the Elphaba attended when she was younger. Here, Elphaba is an unpopular kid in school whose roommate happens to be Glinda the Good, a really popular kid in school.
If I were forced to pick a number, I would say that this show is seventy percent a comedy and thirty percent a drama. My favorite jokes were the ones that poked fun at the source material, like how Dorothy was kind of a thug for stealing the shoes off a dead person.
The music here is really good. They have some really memorable songs made that much more memorable by Chenoweth and Menzel’s performances. Fortunately or unfortunately, this is one of those shows where Chenoweth and Menzel really took this show to another level. Without the acting, singing, and personality of those two, this show will definitely be lacking something.
Overall, this was a great show and an easy recommendation for adults and children. Even with Chenoweth and Menzel, this is a show with high production values and will likely still be very enjoyable without those two as the leads.