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Wicked is a musical, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, based on the untold story of the Wizard of Oz. The first production was in 2003 and it has been a very successful long running musical, alongside that of Mamma Mia! and Rent. It first arrived in Sydney in the Capitol Theatre in late 2009. Capitol Theatre will host the return of Wicked to Sydney shores starting on the 20th of September 2014.
Broadway queen Idina Menzel
The original cast members included Broadway queens Idina Menzel as the Wicked Witch Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as the Glinda the Good Witch. The production is divided into two acts. Defying Gravity, the big concluding musical number of Act 1, has been embedded into pop culture and many covers have since been performed, notably by Glee. It appeared on an episode of the ninth season Wheels.
I remember watching the 2009 production. I went unprepared, having not read the book by Winnie Holzman. I had pretty good seats and as Act 1 proceeded, it was clear that it was tale of two unlikely friends in Oz, one a bit stranger having green complexion and a fiery personality, and the other a beautiful and popular girl. Their differences unite them while their ambitions drive them further and further apart.
At the end of Act 1, it was made majestic and grand with bright green lights. I sat in awe as the Australian ensemble performed Defying Gravity. I could imagine Idina Menzel effortlessly gracing the soaring notes as she does so well.