Wicked gained a devoted following and made the history of Broadway so fast that it always seems that way. In fact, the musical was officially inaugurated at the Curran Theater in San Francisco on June 10, 2003 – and it has just been announced that it will be turned into a movie that will be released in December 2021. Here's what you need to know about the musical.
. 1 The idea for Wicked Stephen Schwartz went on vacation.
Stephen Schwartz, known by writing the musicals Pippin and Godspell was on vacation in Hawaii When a friend in 1996 mentioned an interesting book, she read about the origins of the Wicked Witch of the West. Fascinated Schwartz got the book ̵
. 2 There is a surprising connection between Elphaba and Jordan Catalano.
Winnie Holzman, the author who wrote the musical, also created one of the most popular television programs of our time: My So Called Life . She also wrote for thirtysomething and Once and Again .
. 3 Before Idina Menzel there was an Elphaba.
Although it is hard to imagine that the role became famous except for Idina Menzel, she was not the first person to step into Elphaba's pointy shoes. Stephanie Block read the part while the show was being developed, but was eventually replaced by Menzel, who already had a Tony nomination under contract (for Rent ). However, Block would have her day: she had created the role in the first national tour in 2005.
. 4 Wicked was a complete success from the beginning …
It usually takes two to three years for even the most successful productions to restore the original investment. Wicked repaid the $ 14 million spent in just 14 months.
. 5 … But critics were not on board at first.
"A few bricks are missing on the yellow road," wrote Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle . According to San Jose Mercury News Reviewer Karen D'Souza: "Dorothy is not the only one who thinks that there is no place like home. About an hour into Wicked this reviewer began to long for a pair of ruby red slippers. Style over substance is the real topic in this Emerald City. "After these reviews, Holzman and Schwartz reworked the show for three months before their Broadway debut.
. 6 Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel were both nominated in 2004 for Best Actress of the Tony Awards.
In the end, Idina Menzel took her first Tony home. In the same year she won a Grammy for Best Musical Album (as well as Chenoweth). Chenoweth already had a Tony under his belt; In 1999 she won her first role as Sally . You are a good man, Charlie Brown.
7. Menzel missed her last appearance as Elphaba due to an injury.
The day before her last show, Menzel fell through a trapdoor several meters during a performance. The New York Times reported that Menzel was hospitalized and still wore her witch costume and green make-up. Fans began to wonder if Wicked Witch's role was cursed – Margaret Hamilton, who played the witch in Wizard of Oz suffered severe burns when she shot the film.
. 8 The secret of Elphaba's emerald skin: MAC make-up.
The trick to make Elphaba's skin so brilliantly green is a product you can buy at any MAC make-up shop: Chromacake, a water-activated solid watercolor cake. We assume that the people Wicked are able to bring the stuff in quantities larger than the 3.3 ounces. Size sold on the website.
You can see the conversion here:
9. The show requires a lot of power.
Twelve houses could be supplied with the energy needed for the stage show. Production also requires about 250 pounds of dry ice to produce all this dramatic fog.
10th Wicked Includes a Tribute to The Wizard of Oz "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
The first few notes of the song "Unlimited / I'm Limited" are paid homage to the roots of the show Wizard of Oz . But there are only the first seven notes for copyright reasons: "When you get to the eighth note, people can come and say, 'Oh, you stole our tune,' said Schwartz. ' And of course it's disguised as well Rhythmically, it's totally different and it's harmonized in a completely different way … it's over a different chord and so on, but there are still the first seven notes from & # 39; Somewhere Over the Rainbow & # 39 ;
In 2013, Chenoweth had a little fun on the Anthony Weiner scandal by modifying the lyrics to her famous song when she appeared in the Tonight Show.
12. NASA has used Wicked s "Defying Gravity" as a wakeup call from astronauts.
NASA frequently provides wake-up calls to astronauts in space. Sometimes it is based on requests from astronauts and sometimes the song is also space related or related to the activities scheduled for the day. On April 8, 2010, "Defying Gravity" was played to awaken mission specialist Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.
. 13 The Wicked Witch was not named in El Frank Frank's Oz Books
. It was without a name until Gregory Maguire wrote Wicked . Maguire has found the nickname with the initials of tree. L.F.B. = El-pha-ba.
fourteenth The filming of Wicked is scheduled to hit theaters in 2021 …
In 2014, Schwartz Vulture said last year, "We're starting to work on it, I'm not sure how many Years it is. [We can] Look at it all again and say: "Oh, we can do that, and we always wanted that, and we could not stand on stage, but we can do that in It took a couple of years, but the movie is scheduled for release in December 2021. Directed by Stephen Daldry, who has previously directed Billy Elliot 15
15. but do not expect Menzel and Chenoweth to repeat their roles.
"I would die to be in [the film] unless … they told us we were a bit older for that," Menzel said Andy Cohen in 2014.