Watching Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth belt out the insane notes in Broadway musical Wicked made my ears feel as if they were defying gravity. My eyes still pop out of my skull when I watch old clips, with Menzel working that green face paint and Chenoweth looking ravishing as Glinda.
Nearly 13 years after it opened, Wicked has hit $1 billion at the Broadway box office, meaning that it has reached this milestone faster than any other Broadway show in history. The two other renowned performances to reach this landmark are The Lion King and The Phantom Of The Opera, with the former running for 16 years before it hit $1 billion, and the latter taking 27 years to make that amount.
Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel by writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell), Wicked tells the backstory of the Wicked Witch Of The West and her unexpected friendship with Glinda The Good Witch. Film producer Marc Platt (Bridge Of Spies), Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone produce.
Menzel, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba, and Chenoweth led the cast in 2003. The current Broadway incarnation stars Rachel Tucker and Carrie St. Louis.
This just goes to show that as much as people might think that musicals are dead, they are in fact wrong. With such astounding success, it should come as no surprise that Wicked is going to be made into a film with writer Winnie Holzman and director Stephen Daldry behind it.
Now on to casting. It should come as no surprise that Lea Michele is the top contender to play Elphaba. But I suppose we're going to have to wait for more production updates as the Wicked movie gains momentum.