Fellow Ozians, let us be glad. Let us be grateful for a Wicked 15th anniversary reunion!
The original Ozians, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, who portrayed Elphaba and Glinda in the musical, are going to headline a special tribute concert on Oct. 29. The tribute is titled A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway. The event will feature songs from the musical, performances from the show’s original leading ladies, the Broadway production’s current company, and special guests like Ariana Grande and Pentatonix, and more.
Wicked is the story of the Glinda, the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West and what happens before Dorothy drops into Oz.
The musical is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. The powerhouse debuted October 30th 2003 and has gone on to play over 100 cities in 14 countries.
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Fellow Ozians—it’s official. Our anniversary concert on @nbc, “A Very #Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years On #Broadway,” will feature @IdinaMenzel, @KChenoweth, @PTXofficial, and @ArianaGrande! This is only the beginning—stay tuned for more info and thrillifying surprises! @todayshow #Wicked15
“Wicked is a blockbuster musical playing all over the world and still selling out night after night after 15 years on Broadway, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Emmy and Tony-winning producer Marc Platt and the entire Wicked team to celebrate the enduring success of this show,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment in a press release. “We’re especially excited to have Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited along with big guest stars in front of an audience — in costume hopefully — to help us celebrate the Halloween season.”
The show will be held at New York’s Marquis Theater and produced by the original Tony Award winning team of Marc Platt, Ricky Kirshner, and Glenn Weiss, who will serve as director.
The tribute concert will premiere October 29th at 10 pm on NBC.
Sources: Playbill, EW