Idina Menzel

A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “W” is for WICKED


 

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Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical (music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz), based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire titled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an alternative telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of Oz, and tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and 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 public fall from grace. (source: Wikipedia)

The original production of Wicked premiered on Broadway in October 2003, starring Idina Menzel (Elphaba), Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda), and Joel Grey (the Wizard). The original Broadway production won three Tony Awards (including Menzel’s Best Actress award).

As of this writing (February 2017), Wicked is the 9th-longest running Broadway musical, and to date has had 5,552 performances. 

Here is a clip from the Tony Awards show, featuring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth (introduced by Joel Grey):

 

BONUS!

A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “R” is for RENT


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Rent is what is known as a rock musical (think Hair or Grease). The music, lyrics, and book are all from Jonathan Larson, and Rent is loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème (which is also about the lives of poor young artists).

Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The musical, which began off-Broadway in 1993, won a Pulitzer Prize and moved to Broadway on April 29, 1996. It won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical, among other awards. The production closed on September 7, 1008 after a 12-year run and 5,123 performances. In 2005, it was adapted into a motion picture and featured many of the original cast members.

Here, one last time, is “Seasons of Love” from Rent: