Happy Musical Monday to you all! Hope this final week of June is bringing joy, summer fun, and shows galore. This week’s featured musical is one that I never tire of seeing; and most people I have met would agree with me. It is a show that has been a staple musical for many people who don’t know theatre, that when they see it, instantly fall in love with the characters, the music, the technical aspect, the story, or all of the above. Please enjoyify this week’s musical :)
Musical Monday date: 6/28/2012
Book, Music, and Lyrics: Winnie Holzman, Stephen Schwartz, and Stephen Schwartz
Broadway Run: October 30, 2003 - Present
Awards Won: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel), Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design/Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Costume Design
Other: Original Broadway cast featured huge Broadway stars such as Idina Menzel (Elphaba), Kristin Chenoweth (Galinda), Joel Grey (Wizard), Norbert Leo Butz (Fiyero), and Christopher Fitzgerald (Boq). All but Christopher Fitzgerald have since won or had already won at least one Tony Award in their careers. Talk about a stellar leading cast!
Fun Fact: Wicked is currently touring, playing Broadway, London, Seoul, and Holland. It’s international acclaim has caused it to be one of the most popular and successful musicals in this century. Talks for a movie version is currently in the works.
So there is your dose of Wicked for the week. The recording is beautiful, and the show is even better. I have now seen the show itself 7 1/2 times, and still haven’t grown tired of it. The characters are fun and lovable, and you can’t help but be swept off your feet with the amazing music Stephen Schwartz has brought to the stage. Enjoy your week and until next week let no good deed go unpunished. Go see a show!