Wicked



Wicked is a musical that opened on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre on October 30, 2003. It is touted as the untold story of the witches of Oz and is loosely based on the best selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. The musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. With musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento, Wicked is directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello.

The original cast included Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey as The Wizard. Business and popularity boomed due to very good word-of-mouth, and the box office was boosted when the show was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It subsequently lost that award along with the Tony Awards for best score and best book to another new musical of the season, Avenue Q. Menzel was named Best Actress in a Musical, and the musical received two additional Tony awards—to Eugene Lee for scenic design and Susan Hilferty for costume design. The cast recording received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2005 and was certified platinum by the RIAA on November 30, 2006.

Wicked earned back its entire initial investment by December 21, 2004. The show had a $14 million capitalization. In its first year it grossed more than $56 million. The show, which is open-ended, has been playing to capacity crowds for almost every recent performance and grosses more than a million dollars every week according to Playbill.com's weekly grosses. In the week ending January 1, 2006, it was announced that Wicked had broken the record for the highest weekly box office gross in Broadway history, with $1,610,934; a record that was previously held by The Producers. Wicked broke its own record in the week ending November 26, 2006, when it grossed a total of $1,715,155. The Broadway company of Wicked celebrated its 1000th performance on March 23, 2006.

The show began its first US national tour in early 2005. In late June of 2005, a permanent production of Wicked, separate from the national tour, opened at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre with an open-ended run, which many consider to be a harbinger of things to come for Chicago theatre. A second sit-down production is now open in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre, making a total of four simultaneous productions of Wicked in the United States.

Internationally, another engagement opened in London, England on September 27, 2006. In addition, a condensed, 30-minute version of the show opened on July 12, 2006 at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. There will be full productions in Japan (opening June 2007) and Germany (opening 15th of November 2007). Future productions have been proposed and rumored for the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

The musical holds the record for the highest weekly gross on Broadway and in Chicago, Toronto and London, all for the week commencing Monday, December 25, 2006.

The story is written as a prelude to L. Frank Baum's classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is more heavily influenced by the book than the iconic 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, which differs from the book in a number of ways. Set in the days prior to Dorothy's arrival from Kansas, Wicked explores the idea that the infamous antagonist we call the Wicked Witch of the West was a misconstrued, victimized person. Her alleged wickedness was merely retaliation against a charlatan wizard's corrupt government.

At Shiz University, the intelligent green-skinned teenager, Elphaba Thropp, meets beautiful and ambitious Galinda Upland (who changes her name to Glinda during the course of the play and later becomes Glinda the Good) when the two become roommates. Their lives intertwine, and throughout the show their friendship struggles to endure extreme personality differences, opposing viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, and of course Elphaba's eventual tragic fall from grace.

The show starts off with Glinda descending from the sky in a bubble, giving the citizens of Oz good news of the death of The Wicked Witch of the West ("No One Mourns the Wicked"). Glinda reveals the story of the Witch's childhood: ostensibly the daughter of the governor of Munchkinland, she was the product of a tryst between her mother and a traveling salesman, born with green skin because the salesman gave her mother a drink called Green Elixir in order to seduce her. Upon seeing the child's unusual color, her father immediately rejected her.

Glinda then takes us back to when she was a student named Galinda Upland, just entering college ("Dear Old Shiz"). Here she first meets the Witch, a green-skinned girl named Elphaba, and her crippled yet spoiled sister, Nessarose. Elphaba's father gives Nessarose a pair of silver shoes as a parting gift, yet Elphaba is given nothing. Madame Morrible arrives to greet the new students. During a confusion with room assignments, Elphaba and Galinda end up rooming with each other, and Madame Morrible discovers that Elphaba has amazing natural magical talent. She tells Elphaba that the girl could end up at the top if she "makes good" ("The Wizard and I").

Galinda is disgruntled, both because of the weirdness of her new roommate and because Elphaba was accepted into the sorcery seminar, even though Galinda was keen on studying it. The rift between them deepens, and Elphaba and Galinda quickly reveal their mutual loathing of each other ("What Is This Feeling?").

Elphaba and Galinda's history class is disrupted when Doctor Dillamond, a kindly Goat ("Animals" starting with a Capital Letter are sentient, speaking beings) and college professor, discovers a derogatory message directed at Animals on the blackboard. Elphaba stays behind after class, and Doctor Dillamond reveals to Elphaba that things in Oz aren't as they seem -- something is causing the Animals of Oz to lose their powers of speech and intelligence ("Something Bad").

Shortly after, a Winkie prince (with a "scandalacious" reputation) named Fiyero shows up at Shiz. He teaches the students his life philosophy, which is all about living only for the moment and having fun ("Dancing Through Life"). The students have a dance at the Ozdust Ballroom. An abnormally tall munchkin named Boq (who is still shorter than everyone else) attempts to ask Galinda to go to the dance with him, but Galinda, whose mind is set on Fiyero, gets him out of her way by convincing him to ask Nessarose to the dance instead. Boq agrees, but only because he has a terrible crush on Galinda and wants to impress her.

Nessarose tells Elphaba of her excitement at being asked on a date and her gratitude towards Galinda, who made it all happen. Suspicious of her roommate's motives, Elphaba confronts Galinda, who suddenly gives her a peaked black hat to wear to the party. Thinking that her roommate means well and might not be so cold-hearted after all, Elphaba takes the hat.

At the dance, Fiyero and Galinda kiss. When Boq sees this, he tries to tell Nessarose the real reason he asked her out, but he doesn't have the heart to do so.

Madame Morrible arrives at the ballroom to tell Galinda that Elphaba has insisted her roommate be included in the sorcery seminar. Galinda begins to have second thoughts about her treatment of Elphaba, who soon arrives at the ballroom wearing the black hat and is immediately the laughingstock of the ballroom. Realizing that the hat was just a cruel joke, Elphaba nonetheless steps onto the dance floor, wearing the hat confidently, and begins to dance all alone with no music. Fiyero is struck by Elphaba's bravery and nonchalant attitude, while Galinda feels incredibly guilty for what she did. She goes out to dance alongside Elphaba, with all the students eventually following suit.

The next day, Doctor Dillamond is taken away by Ozian officials as he yells to his students that they're "not being told the whole story." The new history teacher arrives to explain Oz's newest invention, the cage, and unveils a caged Lion cub as the subject of an in-class experiment. Filled with outrage, Elphaba uncontrollably causes the entire class except for Fiyero to go into involuntary gyrations, and the two of them take the Lion cub away. As they set the cub free, Elphaba and Fiyero silently admit that they might have feelings for each other, but Fiyero is embarrassed and leaves. As rain begins to fall, Elphaba takes shelter under a bridge, thinking about how impossible it would be for Fiyero to love her ("I'm Not That Girl"). Madame Morrible eventually finds Elphaba, stops the storm with her magic, and announces that Elphaba has been officially given an audience by the Wizard in the Emerald City.

Galinda and Fiyero come to the train station to see Elphaba off. Galinda tries desperately to impress Fiyero -- whose attention has lately turned to Elphaba -- and declares she will change her name to Glinda in honor of Dr. Dillamond's infamous mispronunciation of her name. Her plan fails, as Fiyero does not seem to care. Once he leaves, Elphaba, feeling bad for Glinda, invites her along to the Emerald City.

After enjoying a day of sightseeing in the Emerald City ("One Short Day"), Elphaba and Glinda meet the Wizard, who immediately introduces his true self to them, saying that he wants to make Elphaba his right hand man, so to speak ("A Sentimental Man"). He suggests that, to prove herself, Elphaba should try to give his monkey servant, Chistery, the ability to fly. Madame Morrible, now the Wizard's press secretary, arrives carrying an ancient and immensely powerful sorcery book called the Grimmerie. Looking through the book, Elphaba proceeds to naturally chant out a levitation spell. To their amazement, Chistery grows wings. The Wizard then shows Elphaba how powerful she really is by revealing a giant cage full of winged monkeys.

To Elphaba's horror, Madame Morrible explains that the Wizard had planned this long ago, and that the winged monkeys were to serve as spies for the Wizard to "report any subversive Animal activity." Elphaba realizes that she has been used by the Wizard, who has no real power of his own.

The Wizard tries to apologize to Elphaba and win the girls over, but he only seems to convince Glinda. Enraged, Elphaba steals the Grimmerie and escapes, but the Wizard and Madame Morrible quickly announce to all of Oz that Elphaba is a "wicked witch" who cannot be trusted. With no chance of turning back, Elphaba enchants a broomstick to levitate. She tries to convince Glinda to come with her, vowing that she now knows her destiny, what she is meant to do, and how she will fight the Wizard with every last ounce of strength ("Defying Gravity"). But Glinda is not strong enough to fight the call of popularity and refuses to join Elphaba against the Wizard. The two part as friends, and Elphaba flies away from the Wizard's castle.
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A few years later, the rumors have grown and Elphaba is now known as The Wicked Witch of the West ("No One Mourns the Wicked (reprise)"). Glinda, Fiyero, and Madame Morrible – all now government officials – hold a press conference to celebrate Glinda's surprise engagement to Fiyero ("Thank Goodness").

Fiyero is no longer the carefree enthusiast he used to be, and hates what is happening to Elphaba's public reputation. He reluctantly accepts his engagement to Glinda, but abruptly leaves halfway through the ceremony, making Glinda's happiness and glee abruptly succumb to feelings of sadness and discontent. Still, Glinda wears a smile on her face and continues to sing how, ironic as it may be, she "couldn't be happier."

In the Munchkinland governor's mansion, Nessarose, in an attempt to keep Boq with her, has made him her personal servant. Elphaba appears, seeking refuge. Nessarose is furious with Elphaba for abandoning her, when she had depended on Elphaba for her entire life. Elphaba notices the jeweled shoes Nessarose is wearing, and casts a spell on them. As the shoes glow ruby, Nessarose takes her first steps out of her wheelchair. Thrilled, she calls for Boq, who sees that she no longer needs his assistance and announces that he is leaving once and for all so he may tell Glinda his true feelings for her. In a rage, Nessarose steals the Grimmerie and attempts to cast a spell on Boq so that he will lose his heart to her. But Nessarose is unfamiliar with magic, and Boq's heart instead starts to shrink. Elphaba, desperate to save his life, casts another spell on him so that he is able to live without a heart. Nessarose reflects on just how tyrannical she has become ("The Wicked Witch of the East*"). Elphaba leaves, once again leaving Nessarose alone. Boq wakes up, and Nessa is horrified to see that he is now entirely made of tin. As the horrified Tin Woodsman runs out, Nessarose puts all of the blame on her sister.

Elphaba shows up at the Wizard's chamber to free the flying monkeys. The Wizard attempts to make peace with Elphaba. He urges her to forget her worries and stay to achieve her dreams and become a celebrity, working together with the Wizard to perhaps set things right ("Wonderful"). Elphaba is willing to accept his proposition if he sets the monkeys free. The Wizard happily agrees, but amongst all of the flying monkeys, Elphaba discovers Dr. Dillamond, completely reverted into a simple goat, with his powers of speech and intelligence almost all gone.

Remembering what she stands for, Elphaba rejects the Wizard's offer and tries to escape, but is quickly caught by the royal guards. Fiyero bursts in and gets rid of the guards. He decides that he loves Elphaba and is leaving with her. Glinda sees this, and all of her initial joy at seeing her friend turns to hatred and heartbreak as they run off together. Seeing Glinda upset, the Wizard offers her a drink from a green bottle telling her it will "dull the pain". Ignoring the Wizard's offer and acting upon her emotions, Glinda suggests to Madame Morrible that they spread a rumor about Nessarose as bait to capture Elphaba. The evil secretary thinks it is a good idea, but decides to take it a step further, saying "a change in the weather" might just be the thing to draw Elphaba from hiding. Glinda retreats to her bedchamber, heartbroken that the two people closest to her in her life have just betrayed her ("I'm Not That Girl," reprise).

Hidden away in the Great Gillikin Forest, Elphaba and Fiyero confirm their newfound love ("As Long As You're Mine"). However, before they can run off to Fiyero's abandoned "extra" castle in Kiamo Ko, Elphaba hears a wailing in the distance. Instinct tells her that her sister is in danger, and Elphaba sees a house flying through the sky. Elphaba flies off to her sister, leaving Fiyero alone in the forest. The sky goes dark, the wind picks up, and it all suddenly ends with the sound of a loud crash.

In Munchkinland, at the site of the fallen house, Glinda calls down the yellow brick road, bidding Dorothy farewell. Glinda mourns the death of Nessarose, but is quickly interrupted by Elphaba, who is angry that Glinda has given away Nessarose's shoes. Elphaba and Glinda spar verbally and physically when the Wizard's guards arrive and take hold of Elphaba. Fiyero arrives, allowing Elphaba to escape before surrendering himself. Glinda finally accepts that Fiyero loves Elphaba, but despite her protests, the guards take Fiyero, hang him up on poles, and carry him off into a cornfield to be tortured until he tells the guards where Elphaba went.

In the castle at Kiamo Ko, Elphaba, enraged and disillusioned, desperately tries to cast any spell she can to save Fiyero's life. Thinking she has failed yet again, she begins to accept her reputation as "wicked" ("No Good Deed"). Elsewhere in Oz, angry mobs led by Boq and the Cowardly Lion from the history class at Shiz prepare to have a witchhunt and save Dorothy, whom Elphaba has captured ("March of the Witch Hunters"). Glinda, troubled, leaves the scene as Morrible encourages the witch hunters.Image:219143279 bbb32ac128.jpg

Elphaba is becoming increasingly frustrated with Dorothy, who cannot stop crying and will not give up Nessarose's shoes. Glinda shows up to persuade her to let Dorothy go. Elphaba is stubborn, but after receiving a note from one of her monkeys regarding Fiyero, emotionally collapses as she admits that she will surrender because she has failed, and that all her attempts at good and in following her heart are no match for a corrupt world.

She begs Glinda to take charge now, and to leave her in peace so that Glinda can carry on doing good. At this final parting, the two friends say goodbye and affirm their true, deep, friendship ("For Good").

Elphaba and Glinda embrace, but they are quickly interrupted by the mob that is coming after Elphaba. Elphaba tells Glinda to hide, takes a bucket and pulls a curtain across the stage. The audience sees the scene from Glinda's point of view, as the silhouette of Dorothy runs in and throws the bucket of water at Elphaba. With a piercing shriek, Elphaba descends to the floor in a cloud of steam and the room goes dark. Chistery finally opens the curtain and Glinda, not quite sure what has just happened, sees that nothing of Elphaba remains but the hat that Glinda had given her. She cries over the death of her friend, and Chistery hands to her a little green bottle that Elphaba had always carried with her.

Glinda returns to the Wizard's palace, just after he finished his business with Dorothy and her comrades. She shows the Wizard the green bottle, stating that it was Elphaba's mother's, and Glinda had only seen it one other place, which was in "this very room". She also notes that the Wizard offered her a drink from it. The Wizard soon realizes that Elphaba was his daughter as the audience realizes he was the mysterious lover who had an affair with Elphaba's mother.

Glinda asks the Wizard to leave Oz, and the Wizard agrees. Madame Morrible tries to dissuade Glinda from doing anything to her. Glinda has her taken into the prisons of the Emerald City. Glinda gets into her bubble and then sets off to face the citizens of Oz, who are now celebrating the death of the Witch as they were at the beginning of the show.

During the finale, Fiyero, now in the form of a certain Scarecrow, knocks on the ground at Kiamo Ko, and opens a trap door. Elphaba, very much alive, emerges from the trap door and embraces her straw-stuffed love. Although their reunion is joyous, Elphaba only wishes that Glinda could know that they are alive.

Fiyero insists that she can never know, and in order for them to be safe, he and Elphaba must leave Oz forever. Glinda, far away, addresses the citizens of Oz from her bubble, proclaiming that she would like to be "Glinda the Good" as she helps them through the difficult times that Oz will go through. Elphaba and Fiyero then leave Oz, beginning a new adventure together as the citizens of Oz sing the final lines ("Finale")

Act I

* "No One Mourns the Wicked" – Glinda and Citizens of Oz
* "Dear Old Shiz" – Galinda and Students of Shiz University
* "The Wizard and I" – Elphaba and Morrible
* "What Is This Feeling?"– Glinda, Elphaba, and Students of Shiz University
* "Something Bad" – Dr. Dillamond and Elphaba
* "Dancing Through Life" – Fiyero, Boq, Nessarose, Glinda, Elphaba, and Students of Shiz University
* "Popular" – Galinda
* "I'm Not That Girl" – Elphaba
* "One Short Day" – Elphaba, Glinda and Denizens of the Emerald City
* "A Sentimental Man" – The Wizard
* "Defying Gravity" – Elphaba, Glinda, and Guards & Citizens of Oz.

Act II

* "Thank Goodness" – Glinda, Morrible, and Citizens of Oz
* "The Wicked Witch of the East"* – Nessarose, Elphaba, & Boq
* "Wonderful" – The Wizard and Elphaba
* "I'm Not That Girl" (reprise)– Glinda
* "As Long As You're Mine" – Elphaba and Fiyero
* "No Good Deed" – Elphaba
* "March of the Witch Hunters" – Boq, Morrible, and Citizens of Oz
* "For Good " – Elphaba and Glinda
* "Finale" – Glinda, Elphaba, and Citizens of Oz

* "The Wicked Witch of the East" is not included in the Original Broadway Cast Recording

On May 28, 2003, the musical opened a pre-Broadway run at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. While most of the original cast members remained when the show opened on Broadway, the San Francisco run featured multiple actors in roles that would eventually be re-cast — most notably, Robert Morse as The Wizard. While the show received mediocre reviews, the audience response was generally enthusiastic. The trial run closed on June 29 and, after extensive retooling, began previews on Broadway on October 8.

Prior to the extensive re-working of the musical, the story followed a slightly different plot. Therefore, some songs were cut before the Broadway run. In San Francisco, the musical numbers were as follows:[10]

Act I

* "No One Mourns the Wicked" – Glinda and Citizens of Oz
* "Dear Old Shiz" – Students
* "The Wizard and I" – Morrible and Elphaba
* "What is This Feeling? – Glinda, Elphaba, and students
* "Which Way is the Party?"/"We Deserve Each Other" – Fiyero, Glinda, Boq, Elphaba, Nessarose, and Students (cut and changed to "Dancing Through Life")
* "Popular" – Glinda
* "I'm Not That Girl – Elphaba
* "Dear Old Shiz" (Reprise) – Mourners
* "The Wizard and I" (Reprise) – Elphaba
* "One Short Day" – Elphaba, Glinda, and Denizens of the Emerald City
* "A Sentimental Man"/"The Chance to Fly" – The Wizard, Elphaba, Morrible, and Glinda
* "Defying Gravity" – Elphaba, Glinda, Guards and Citizens of Oz

Act II

* "Thank Goodness"/"I Couldn't Be Happier" – Revelers, Morrible, and Glinda
* "We Deserve Each Other" (Reprise) – Nessarose and Boq
* "Wonderful" – The Wizard and Elphaba
* "I'm Not That Girl" (Reprise) – Glinda
* "As Long As You're Mine" – Elphaba and Fiyero
* "No Good Deed" – Elphaba
* "March of the Witch Hunters" – Boq and Citizens of Oz
* "For Good" – Glinda and Elphaba
* "No One Mourns the Wicked" (Reprise) – Citizens of Oz
* "A Sentimental Man" (Reprise) – The Wizard
* "Finale" – Elphaba, Glinda, Fiyero, and Citizens of Oz

Re-Cast Parts

* Joel Grey replaced Robert Morse as The Wizard
* Christopher Fitzgerald replaced Kirk McDonald as Boq
* William Youmans replaced John Horton as Doctor Dillamond
* Kristy Cates replaced Stephanie J. Block as an ensemble member/understudy for Elphaba
* Additionally, standbys Eden Espinosa (Elphaba) and Laura Bell Bundy (Glinda) would not join the company until the show officially opened on Broadway.

The West End production reunited the show's original creative team as well as its original Tony Award-winning star, Idina Menzel. Kerry Ellis succeeded Menzel in the role of Elphaba from the beginning of January 2007 after being Idina's standby, making her the first British actress to perform the role.

The West End production of Wicked has had its dialogue slightly modified to conform to local language such as changing the word "semester" to "term" and "at school" to "as students". It should also be noted that until Kerry Ellis took over the role, Elphaba and the Wizard were the only characters who had American accents. All other characters have British accents, including an upper-class petulant English Glinda, and a Scottish Boq.

The official website for the London production was launched in January 2006. In the week commencing October 23, 2006 the eight performances took an estimated £761,000. Since the first preview on September 7, over 380,000 people have seen it.[11] Also since opening on September 27, 2006, Wicked's weekly box office gross has been higher than any other show in West End history.

"The producers of WICKED are pleased to announce that Los Angeles will be home to a new production of WICKED, the smash hit musical that the New York Times just called, 'one of the most successful shows in Broadway history.' WICKED, which was developed, written and had its earliest readings and workshops in Los Angeles, will begin performances at the Pantages Theatre beginning February 10, 2007 (official press opening date will be announced.)"

On October 30, 2006, the principal actors in the Los Angeles cast were announced in honor of Wicked Day; all but two have all performed their roles in some capacity - representatives from the Broadway, Chicago and Touring productions make up the Original LA Cast - in more than one company of Wicked.

On the week ending on March 4, the show grossed a massive $1,786,110 and became the highest grossing attraction in Los Angeles theatre history. The previous record holder was The Producers, June 2003 at the Pantages.

Elphaba is played by Eden Espinosa and G(a)linda is played by Megan Hilty. Both have played their part on Broadway.

On September 28, 2006, just one day after the London Premiere, Stage Entertainment Germany announced that Wicked will be performed in Germany by the end of 2007. The Premiere will take place on the 15th of November at the Palladium Theater Stuttgart. Auditions start in March and the play will be adapted for German audience with the Title being Wicked - Die Hexen von Oz.

It has recently been confirmed that there will be a full sit-down production by Shiki Theater Group of Wicked in Japan which will open June 2007. Currently, there is a condensed 30-minute version of Wicked playing in Universal Studios Japan (it is not yet know if the USJ version will close after the sit-down opens).

* Best Musical
* Best Direction of a Musical (Joe Mantello)
* Best Book of a Musical (Winnie Holzman)
* Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel) WINNER
* Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Kristin Chenoweth)
* Best Original Score (Stephen Schwartz)
* Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee) WINNER
* Best Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) WINNER
* Best Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner)
* Best Choreography (Wayne Cilento)
* Best Orchestrations (William David Brohn)

2004 Drama Desk Awards (11 Nominations, 6 Wins)

* Outstanding Musical WINNER
* Outstanding Director of a Musical (Joe Mantello) WINNER
* Outstanding Book of a Musical (Winnie Holzman) WINNER
* Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel)
* Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Kristin Chenoweth)
* Outstanding Music (Stephen Schwartz)
* Outstanding Lyrics (Stephen Schwartz) WINNER
* Outstanding Set Design (Eugene Lee) WINNER
* Outstanding Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) WINNER
* Outstanding Light Design (Kenneth Posner)
* Outstanding Orchestrations (William David Brohn)

2004 Outer Critics Circle Awards (10 Nominations, 4 Wins)

* Outstanding Broadway Musical WINNER
* Outstanding Director of a Musical (Joe Mantello) WINNER
* Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel)
* Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Kristin Chenoweth)
* Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Joel Grey)
* Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Carole Shelley)
* Outstanding Set Design (Eugene Lee) WINNER
* Outstanding Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) WINNER
* Outstanding Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner)
* Outstanding Choreography (Wayne Cilento)

2004 Drama League Awards (3 Nominations, 1 Win)

* Outstanding Production of a Musical WINNER
* Distinguished Performance (Idina Menzel)
* Distinguished Performance (Kristin Chenoweth)

2004 Eddy Awards (1 Win)

* Outstanding Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) WINNER

2005 Grammy Awards (1 Win)

* Best Musical Show Album WINNER

2006 Helen Hayes Awards (3 Nominations, 1 Win)

* Outstanding Non-Resident Production
* Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Stephanie J. Block) WINNER
* Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Kendra Kassebaum)

2006 Jefferson Awards (5 Nominations)

* Outstanding Production - Musical
* Outstanding Director - Musical (Joe Mantello)
* Outstanding Actress in a Principal Role - Musical (Ana Gasteyer)
* Outstanding Actress in a Principal Role - Musical (Kate Reinders)
* Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical (Rondi Reed)

2006 Touring Broadway Awards (3 Wins)

* Best New Musical WINNER
* Best Musical Score (Stephen Schwartz) WINNER
* Best Production Design (Eugene Lee, Susan Hilferty, Kenneth Posner) WINNER

2007 WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers Choice Awards (4 Wins)

* Best Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel) WINNER
* Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Miriam Margolyes) WINNER
* Superbreak Best New Musical WINNER
* Best Set Designer (Eugene Lee) WINNER

* Norbert Leo Butz and Michelle Federer, the Original Broadway Cast's Fiyero and Nessarose, are engaged to be married.
* Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus, who played Fiyero and Elphaba on the National Tour, are also engaged to be married.
* Taye Diggs, the husband of original cast star Idina Menzel played Fiyero during Christmas of 2003.
* Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block played the role of Fiyero in 2004.
* The off-Broadway show Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit parodies Wicked in the number "Wickeder."
* In the anime Red Garden, episode 5 ("At Every Window"), the iconic faces of Glinda and Elphaba are drawn on a billboard, and the show advertised is called "Witches."
* In an episode of Brothers & Sisters, the characters played by Calista Flockhart and Sally Field go see the Los Angeles production of Wicked.
* On an all-celebrity episode of Jeopardy!, Kate Reinders performed "Popular" in a Daily Double about Wicked. TV personality Nancy Grace gave the correct question.
* In an episode of Ugly Betty ("Brothers"), Betty gets tickets to see Wicked, after humming "Popular" in the elevator, commenting how much she'd love to see the show, and discussing with a coworker, Henry, how much she relates to Elphaba's being out of place in a popularity- and beauty-oriented environment. Henry later presents her a T-shirt bearing the logo of the show.
* In another episode of Jeopardy! the cover of the Wicked playbill is shown when a contestant asked for a question in the Broadway category. The contestant was to name the show of the playbill shown.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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