06/22/2015: The upcoming Wicked movie has been creating a lot of hype for months, and this month is no different. It has come to light that Amanda Seyfried has been pining for the part of Glinda for years! She explained that she has been practicing the songs with her voice coach for quite some time and told the interviewer to let the director know that she was ready for the part! That part is definitely going to be well-sought after, so Seyfried certainly has her work cut out for her. Her recent performance in Les Miserables speaks volumes for her talent, but there’s no telling just how fierce the competition will be for the part of Glinda. I’m sure we find out once they start casting, and we’ll just have to wait until then to see how this all pans out!
2/02/2015: So far, there hasn’t been anything set in stone for the Wicked movie. Producer Marc Platt has just announced some exciting news! Stephen Daldry, the highly acclaimed director of both “Billy Elliot and “The Hours”, has agreed to direct the highly anticipated “Wicked” movie musical. Platt also explained that their goal for a release date is in 2016, but he’s not making any promises. Everyone involved with the movie is determined to make sure that it at least comes close to the crazy high caliber of the musical itself. It took 27 years for the film version of Into the Woods to be completed, and 30 for Les Mis. Fans are hoping and praying it doesn’t take quite that long for Wicked, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, go see the beloved show onstage and buy your tickets here at FrontRowTickets.com!
1/27/2015: Wicked has a fantastic score and is wildly entertaining, but it also presents several valuable lessons to its audience. Omaha Performing Arts recognized this, and put on an anti-bullying summit for over 250 kids in coordination with the production of Wicked. The two main characters, Glinda and Elphaba, are unlikely friends. Elphaba is ostracized for being different, while Glinda is praised for doing and being what everyone else thinks is perfect. The show follows the two friends on their journey and makes several significant points about how being different is a good thing, and our differences should be celebrated.
1/22/2015: Wicked fans all over the world are ecstatic right now, as it has been confirmed that a movie adaptation of the show is in the works! The release date of said movie, however, is completely up in the air at this point. Those working on the film have explained that they’re setting the bar very high. They plan to be meticulous with their work on the screenplay and prep for the movie in order to do the chart-topping Broadway show justice. This is probably a good idea, as fans have already been mumbling concern that the movie might not properly represent the show. There’s no news yet as far as casting; there is still much preparatory work to be done. Many speculate that the movie will come out within the next 5 years, a bit later than several fans had hoped. In the meantime, you can see the onstage show in several cities across the United States. Buy your tickets here at FrontRowTickets.com!
1/19/2015: If you’ve never seen Wicked, you are most definitely missing out. This prequel to the classic, “The Wizard of Oz” is riddled with fiction, fantasy, and empowerment. The score brings you on a roller coaster of emotions. You’ll bubble along to the song, “Popular” and shed a tear during “For Good”.The show is an absolute delight to watch, and you’ll leave feeling like you can accomplish anything, maybe even defy gravity.
Inspired by the classic MGM technicolor motion picture, The Wizard of Oz, this year celebrating its 75th anniversary, we now have the smash hit musical,“Wicked," celebrating an anniversary of its own, a ten year run with over 50 awards!
The MGM motion picture was released in 1939, based on L. Frank Baum’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” published in 1900. His book and the MGM movie boasts several entries in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. MGM writers were responsible for turning the silver slippers from Baum’s book into ruby red for the simple reason that silver films as silver in black & white just as it would in color. The 1939 classic was the most fantastical Technicolor movie of its time. Factoid: Its believed that Baum named the imaginary Land of Oz while telling stories to children in the candy section of his small retail store when he glanced over at a bottom file cabinet marked O - Z.
The novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maquire was published in 1995. About 30% of its content was “lightened up,” giving us a script and libretto with a spirited, family friendly musical telling us the tale of the unlikely friendship between Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good Witch of the North) and a whole lot more! Note: Read Maquire’s book before handing it over to children. Its very well written with mature, sometimes unexpected adult themed content. You probably won’t find it in the children’s section at your local public library.
No worries about ordering tickets from FrontRowTickets.com, we have things covered and want you and whomever you get for to have a Wicked Good Time. The writers for Wicked did a great job making this adaptation suitable for audiences of all ages. The little ones will still be just a little bit afraid of the Wicked Witch, just as we were when we first saw Margret Hamilton in her unprecedented portrayal of the role, still untouched by any other actress, except for the amazing talents that portray the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in Wicked. These Actresses go through rigorous training, not only as actresses, but as vocalists, plus they need to know how to fly through a theater on a broomstick.
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09/25/2014: Hey Wicked fans! Here's a few things you may not have known about your favorite musical. Wicked initially recieved mixed reviews from critics and actually lost the Tony Award for Best Musical to "Avenue Q". Despite the pitfalls in the beginning, the show has become a global phenomenon, and has been performed in 13 countries and translated into 5 different languages. Lastly, the Wicked Witch is devoid of a name in the original L. Frank Baum novel. Gregory Maguire created the name out of Baum's initials: L.F.B.-Elphaba.
08/18/2014: Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked, has recently commented on exactly when the hit musical will make it to the big screen. Any answers given in regards to when preparation for the movie will actually begin have been extraordinarily vague up until this point. Schwartz seems to think this very well could be Wicked's year to make the jump, and fans of the bewitching show could not be more excited!
07/22/2104: Famous youtube vocalists Peter Hollens and Nick Pitera have collaborated to create a Wicked medley composed for men's voices. The two had been debating which song to use for a duet for months, and the idea of a Wicked medley was the only one that seemed to stick. Hollens explained the Broadway tunes suit Pitera's voice beautifully, and the two recorded the duet in Hollens' garage in Oregon. Pitera took care of their attire for the video, while Hollens attended to the audio. Next time you're cruising around on youtube, be sure to check out this duo's musical creation!
07/08/2104: After performing the hit Broadway musical across the pond for two years, Gina Beck is traveling to the land of stars and stripes to start the U.S. Tour. The actress played Glinda back in the West End, and explained she has had put a lot of effort toward learning her part with an American accent. She also commented that Glinda's persona was a bit different in London. She was seen as more of a daddy's girl, while Americans view her as the queen bee of high school or a peppy cheerleader type. Its so interesting to consider the different cultural spins on art that is appreciated around the world.