.... and I've been to thirteen of those performances and let me tell you "I have been changed, for good" as a result. It's a truly dramatic and magical experience pulled together by a great cast over the years it's been running on the west end.
Making leading ladies out of talented individuals without a TV credit to their name, Wicked The Musical started out doing what the West End did back in the 80's and 90's when Lloyd Webber ran the show, lifting talent out of obscurity and placing them centre stage.
Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Kerry Ellis, Ashleigh Gray, Stephanie J Block, Megan Hilty, Eden Espinosa and a load more names have gone on to amazing success on the stage and on TV since their sometimes award winning performances in Wicked The Musical.
There are a number of musicals on the West End at the moment that are coming to a close later this year that really don't deserve to come to an end but it's great to see that Wicked remains strong with this 2500th performance this weekend and then a stellar cast change over in October sees a good witch go bad as Louise Dearman returns to the cast not as Glinda the Good but as Elphie; A Wicked First!
However, a little bit of information on the cards since fans have wanted to see Wicked become a musical movie... are things progressing on the Wicked The Movie front? Whilst I was whisking my way through the special features of Universals Blu-ray release of Jaws I spotted a Wicked Poster, quite large on the side of one of their studio stages... if Les Miserables performs well on the big screen this winter, will we see Wicked rushed into production and if so, which lucky ladies will get to play the leading roles that have shaped so many amazing musical careers?
Congratulations Wicked, you're awesome!
WICKED TO PLAY ITS 2500TH LONDON PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2012
Wicked, the smash hit musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, will play its 2500th performance tomorrow night (Saturday 8 September 2012 at 7.30pm) at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. The musical will celebrate its 6th Birthday on Thursday 27 September 2012.
“Packed with wit, storming songs and beautiful costumes” (The Guardian), Wicked will fly into its 7th year as the 18th longest-running West End musical of all time. The London production of the global musical phenomenon has now been seen by almost 5 million theatre goers since its West End premiere in 2006.
UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe commented: “As Wicked enters its 7th year and celebrates 2500 spellbinding performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, we continue to be indebted and immensely grateful to everybody involved in the show. It is through their passion, commitment and effort during every performance that we have been able to give almost 5 million theatre goers an unforgettable live theatre experience”
"A major hit with audiences and critics alike" (BBC News), Wicked continues to be the top choice of UK theatre goers having been voted London's Most Popular Show (2010 Olivier Award), Best Night Out (2011 Evening Standard Theatre Award), Best West End Show (2011 and 2010 Whatsonstage.com Awards) and Best New Musical (2007 Whatsonstage.com Awards). Wicked also received a prestigious Visit London ‘People’s Choice’ Gold Award in 2009.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Wicked has music and lyrics by Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the best-selling novel, ‘Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, by Gregory Maguire.
Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. UK Executive Producer: Michael McCabe.