Wicked The Musical returns to West End

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Wicked The Musical is a global phenomenon, and has launched the careers of some of the world’s biggest stage stars, including Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.

The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy Gale arrives in Oz from Kansas, and includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum’s novel. 

Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch), who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba’s private fall from grace.

It helped the likes of Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth become household names when they originated the lead roles of Elphaba and Glinda in New York, and is known for its belting soundtrack of musical numbers such as The Wizard And I, I’m Not That Girl, and – of course – one of the most recognisable show tunes in history: Defying Gravity.

Along with vast parts of the theatre industry, the landmark, gravity-defying show has now reopened at its home at the Apollo Victoria in central London.

Writer Stephen Schwartz is the brains behind the show’s music and lyrics, but says it’s the story that keeps people coming back to the Emerald City.

“All of us have that green girl inside us,” he said. “The one that feels that we don’t fit in, and we’re not quite sure what we need to do in order to fit in, and what do we have to give up of ourselves in order to do so? Is it worth it? All those questions are, of course, deeply ingrained in the story of the show, and I think that strikes a chord.”

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