New York is my number 1 holiday destination. I feel like you could go there 20 times and never see the same thing twice. My most recent trip to New York was with girlfriends for my 40th birthday, and one of the highlights was the opportunity to see a Broadway show. I love a good musical so getting to see Wicked on Broadway was absolutely magical.
I saw Wicked for the first time in Sydney several years ago and I LOVED it! For those of you that don't know the story, here's the rundown...
IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, THINK AGAIN...
When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire's acclaimed 1995 novel, 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West', re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' in 1900.
Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The current cast is fantastic. I know Elphaba (Jessica Vosk) is the star of the show, and her performance of Defying Gravity was absolutely spectacular. However, for us, Amanda Jane Cooper, who played Glinda, just stole the show. She was just fantastic and so funny. What a star!
We saw Wicked at the iconic Gershwin Theatre, where it has been running nonstop for 15 YEARS! We couldn't believe that it had been running in one place for so long when in Sydney we get about a 6-month run and then it takes years for a show to come back.
The Gershwin Theatre has the most seats of any Broadway theatre. Named for the famous composer brothers George and Ira Gershwin, the Gershwin Theatre has been the home for many iconic plays such as; Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Singin' in the Rain and The King and I, as well as hosting musical greats such as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. When you enter the Gershwin you feel as if you are becoming part of musical history.
If you are visiting New York then you must see Wicked!
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*These tickets were gifted but all opinions are our own.