The show

“THE DEFINING MUSICAL OF THE DECADE IS COMING!”

Come and discover the untold story of the Witches of Oz…

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin – smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent.

When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked”.

With a thrilling score written by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwarts, this family-friendly musical is the definition of ‘Broadway Spectacular’ featuring hit songs The Wizard and I, Popular, For Good, Dancing Through Life and Defying Gravity.

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked – the untold story of the Witches of Oz will transfix you and send your spirits soaring to heights you will never forget.

After winning a glittering array of international awards on Broadway, the West End, Europe and Asia, WICKED now comes to Dunedin’s Regent Theatre from 16 May 2019!

Don’t miss this show by the award-winning director and choreographer that bought us Mamma Mia, Grease: The Arena Spectacular, Mary Poppins and last year’s sell out hit – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical.

About Wicked

Wicked is the second highest grossing musical in Broadway history, with more than two million people attending the New York season to date.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls 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.

Wicked is a wordwide award-winner

The original Broadway production of Wicked was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2004, including Best Musical; Book; Orchestrations; Original Score; Choreography; Costume Design; Lighting Design; Scenic Design while receiving two nominations for Best Actress – for Menzel and Chenoweth. Menzel won the Best Actress award for the role of Elphaba, and the show also won the Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.

The same year, the show won 6 Drama Desk Awards out of 11 nominations, including Outstanding Musical, Book, Director and Costume Design in addition to winning 4 Outer Critics Circle Awardsout of 10 nominations. The original Broadway cast recording also received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Subsequent productions have received awards and nominations.

The West End production received 5 Laurence Olivier Award nominations and later won the Audience Award for Most Popular Show at the 2010 award ceremony. The original Australian production received 6 Helpmann Awards out of 12 nominations, including Best Musical.

Wicked was named the Best Musical of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly magazine and hailed "a cultural phenomenon" by Variety magazine.

While not technically an "award", the character of Elphaba was named 79th on Entertainment Weekly's list of The 100 Greatest Characters of the Past 20 Years.

Act I

In the Land of Oz, there’s a lot of celebrating; the Ozians are rejoicing over the demise of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West until an Ozian asks Glinda if she and Elphaba were friends. She reluctantly admits that they were, leading her to tell them the story of how they became best friends.

A flashback starts with a scene at Shiz University, where Elphaba the daughter of the governor of Munchkinland arrives, her father resents her for her green skin and showers his affection on her younger sister, Nessarose, who is confined to a wheelchair. The two sisters both go to Shiz University, where the beautiful and popular Glinda, formerly known as Galinda, is also in their class. The headmistress, Madame Morrible, decides to take Nessarose under her protection, leaving Elphaba and Galinda as roommates to their chagrin. Madame Morrible recognizes that Elphaba has special powers and decides to teach her sorcery. Dr. Dillamond, the only Animal professor at the university is beginning to suffer from discrimination., he tells Elphaba there is a conspiracy to stop animals from speaking, and she wants to let the Wizard know.

Fiyero an Arjiki prince arrives at Shiz and they all decide to have an orientation party at the Ozdust Ballroom that evening. Boq, a Munchkin who has a crush on Galinda, tries to invite her to the party, but she convinces him to ask Nessarose out of pity, leaving Galinda free to go with Fiyero. When Galinda gifts an ugly hat to Elphaba to wear at the party, Elphaba takes it as an act of kindness and arrives wearing the witch's hat, only to find the other students laughing while she awkwardly dances alone. Galinda feels regretful and goes to dance with Elphaba and the two girls look at each other in a new light.

Back in their room Galinda decides to give Elphaba a makeover, when Elphaba arrives at class the next day, Fiyero sees Galinda's influence and tells Elphaba that she doesn't need to change. Dr. Dillamond enters to tell the class that he has been excommunicated. Afterward, the students are introduced to the cage, which will keep Animals controlled, so they never learn to speak. Elphaba's fury cannot be contained, she and Fiyero steal the lion cub in the cage and escape. Fiyero is taken by Elphaba's passion and they share a tender moment before he leaves to free the lion cub, Elphaba reminds herself that it's pointless to wish for something to happen between them. Madame Morrible comes to tell her that the Wizard has decided to meet her and Elphaba invites Glinda to come to the Emerald City with her.

The girls meet the Wizard, who turns out to be not quite as intimidating as they thought, he promises Elphaba that he will grant her request if she proves herself. Madame Morrible appears; she is the Wizard's new "Press Secretary". She gives Elphaba an ancient book of spells, called the "Grimmerie," which only the magically gifted can read. Elphaba is asked to try a spell, however, the spell doesn't go the way Elphaba plans and she realizes the Wizard has no powers; he is merely a fraud. He offers her and Glinda everything they've ever wanted if they will help him, but Elphaba is unwilling to comply. She runs away and Madame Morrible spreads reports that Elphaba is a "wicked witch" who must be stopped. This only reaffirms Elphaba's belief that she must not let anyone hold her down, she performs a spell on a broom and flies away from the Emerald City, never to return.

Act II

Some time later, Elphaba's opposition of the Wizard's regime has earned her the title "The Wicked Witch of the West". Glinda has become the positive public front of the Wizard's regime, given the title "Glinda the Good" and positioned by Morrible as the nation's defender against the Witch. A press conference to celebrate Fiyero's appointment as Captain of the Guard (a position he has accepted in order to find Elphaba) is hijacked by the crowd's panicked rumors about the Witch. He is further angered when Morrible announces his engagement to Glinda and he runs off. Glinda attempts to keep a cheerful front for the press, but it is clear she realizes her dream life has come at a great price.

Elphaba pays a visit to Nessarose, who is now the governor of Munchkinland following the death of their father, who Nessarose says "died of shame" when he heard what Elphaba did. Nessarose has taken away the rights of the Munchkins in a desperate attempt to keep Boq at her side. Elphaba tries to help by giving Nessarose the power to walk by turning her silver slippers into the "Ruby Slippers". Nessarose takes Elphaba's spell book and tries to cast a spell to make Boq fall in love with her however, the spell backfires, making her the "Wicked Witch of the East"and shrinking Boq's heart. Elphaba must work another spell to save his life, if in a slightly different condition than he was before.

Elphaba returns to the Wizard's palace to free the monkey servants and comes across the Wizard himself. He tries again to convince her to work with him, telling her that he is not evil - just an average man who came into his position by chance, she is almost won over until she sees Dr. Dillamond, who has lost the power of speech. The Wizard calls the guards to arrest Elphaba for fraud, however, Fiyero instead helps Elphaba escape leaves with her. Broken-hearted by Fiyero switching sides with Elphaba Glinda suggests to the Wizard and Madame Morrible that the way to apprehend Elphaba is to use her sister as live bait.

Glinda and Elphaba meet again at the site where Nessarose has been crushed by a house with a girl named Dorothy Gale inside. Fueled by the rivalry over Fiyero, the two have a heated argument. The guards arrive and tackle Elphaba, who guesses that Glinda arranged for all of this as a trap. Fiyero arrives as well and holds Glinda hostage until Elphaba is allowed to go free. Glinda pleads for the guards not to harm him, but they don't listen as they escort Fiyero to the field where they can interrogate and torture into revealing Elphaba's whereabouts. Elphaba tries to cast a spell to protect him but is crestfallen by the limitations of her power. She decides that, from this point on, she will live up to her reputation as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Back in Oz's capital, all of Oz's citizens unite, declaring war on Elphaba due to Madame Morrible and Boq's testimony against her. Feeling guilty for her association, Glinda flees in horror to warn Elphaba as the angry mob sets out.

Elphaba has already captured Dorothy, refusing to release her until she relinquishes Nessarose's slippers – the only things left of her dead sister. Glinda travels to Elphaba's castle to warn her of the danger and persuade her to let Dorothy go. Elphaba refuses until she receives a letter saying that Fiyero has died. The two women forgive each other, acknowledging they have both made mistakes. To help her in her future, Elphaba gives the Grimmerie to Glinda. The two friends embrace for the last time before saying goodbye. As the mob arrives, Elphaba tells Glinda to hide, and she watches helplessly from the shadows as Dorothy throws a bucket of water on Elphaba, who appears to disintegrate. Shaken, Glinda sees that all that remains of her friend is her black hat and the small bottle of green elixir.

In the Emerald City, Glinda confronts the Wizard with Elphaba's bottle, which he recognizes as identical to his own, Madame Morrible surmises that Elphaba's powers were so strong because she was a child of two worlds. Glinda banishes the Wizard from Oz and sends Madame Morrible to prison for murder. Returning to the musical's starting point, Glinda promises the people of Oz to properly earn her title as Glinda the Good.

Musical Theatre Dunedin's Production of
Wicked
Music and Lyrics by
Stephen Schwartz
Book by
Winnie Holzman
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire

Produced on Broadway by
Marc Platt

Universal Pictures
The Araca Group      Jon B. Platt
and
David Stone

Orchestrations by
William David Brohn

Music Arrangements
Alex Lacamoire & Stephen Oremus

Dance Arrangements
James Lynn Abbott

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.