Wicked 20th Anniversary Performances and Week-Long Celebration

Wicked 20th Anniversary

Wicked 20th Anniversary Performances and Week-Long Celebration

To celebrate its 20-year run on Broadway, the musical “Wicked” has an exciting weekend of events scheduled for the end of October. From October 27 to 31st, “Wicked” will commemorate its two decades with a series of special activities, including unique performances, a lively block party, a panel discussion with the show’s creators, and more.

“Wicked” originally graced the Gershwin Theatre stage on October 30, 2003, and it’s based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. The musical reimagines the story of the witches of Oz (first introduced in L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz”) but explores their lives before Dorothy’s arrival. It focuses on the untold friendship between Glinda, the Good Witch, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

“Wicked” received 10 Tony Award nominations and secured wins for outstanding costume design by Susan Hilferty, scenic design by Eugene Lee, and propelled both Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth into the stratosphere where they continue defy gravity some 20 years later.

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On October 27, the current cast of “Wicked” will make a special appearance on “Good Morning America” during the 8:30 a.m. ET half-hour segment. The performance will be visible to spectators outside ABC’s studio on 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Two days later, on October 29, “Wicked” will throw a morning block party from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the covered passageway outside the Gershwin Theatre. The festivities will include exclusive photo opportunities, music provided by DJ Mike Borowski, and more, thanks to “Wicked”‘s anniversary partners, including Hershey’s, Shake Shack, Catch ’N Cream, TodayTix, the New York City Parks Department, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Audience Rewards, and Scenery Bags.

Later that day, the musical’s two performances will each have a thematic twist, with a “Pink Performance” at 2 p.m. and a “Green Performance” at 7 p.m. Matinee ticket holders will receive pink-themed merchandise and a card signed by the current Glinda, McKenzie Kurtz, while evening show attendees will get green-themed items and a card signed by the current Elphaba, Alyssa Fox.

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Wicked 20th Anniversary

All audience members at both performances will receive a special “Wicked Day” Playbill and more. Additionally, former Glinda actors will be available for photo opportunities at the “Pink Performance,” and Elphaba alumnae will be available for photos at the “Green Performance.”

On October 30, the official anniversary date of “Wicked,” the Empire State Building will illuminate the night in vibrant green. That evening, “Wicked” will stage an anniversary performance exclusively for fans and alumni of the musical, commencing at 6:30 p.m.

Finally, on October 31, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will host an enlightening panel discussion featuring “Wicked” book writer Winnie Holtzman, composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and producer David Stone. Stay tuned for further details on this event.

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