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Show spotlight : Wicked

In today's post, Lily shines a spotlight on Stephen Schwartz's global musical phenomenon, Wicked!


Music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by Winnie Holzman

Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Premiered at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway on 30th October 2003


Global musical phenomenon, Wicked, explores the story of what happened before The Wizard of Oz, through the eyes of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. It follows her untold history with Glinda, the Good Witch of the East before Dorothy arrives. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, it is a beautiful insight into the ups and downs of their unlikely friendship. It also digs deep into what good and evil really mean and how they affect the way we see the world around us.

Premiered on Broadway in 2003, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth, Wicked is one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway and the West End, as audiences are entranced by its tale of magic and friendship.


Wicked has made a very significant 'handprint on my heart' to quote one of its most famous songs, For Good. The music is dynamic, immediately conjuring the glittery green of the Land of Oz, to immerse you in the story. I was lucky enough to see the West End production in 2015 and was blown away by the spectacle as well as the beautifully crafted tale. It truly is a modern classic and a musical I couldn't live without.


(Original Broadway)

Elphaba : Idina Menzel

Glinda : Kristen Chenoweth

Fiyero : Norbert Leo Butz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz : Joel Grey

Madame Morrible : Carole Shelley

Nessarose : Michelle Federer

Boq : Christopher Fitzgerald

Doctor Dillamond : William Youmans


  • Wicked has played at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London for 16 years and counting. Find out more about the current cast and book tickets at https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/

  • The original production is still playing at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway and is coming up to its 20th anniversary. Find out more about the Broadway production at https://wickedthemusical.com/

  • Listen to the Original Cast Recording on YouTube

  • Watch videos from the Wicked YouTube Channel to discover more about how the UK production of the show has grown.

  • Follow green girl Lindsay Mendez around backstage at the Gershwin Theatre for her Broadway.com series, Fly Girl here.

Join me in “my own little corner” of the internet next time as I shine a spotlight on my featured song from Wicked - For Good.

See you next matinee day!