Wicked the Musical
The West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz will fly back to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in 2018. This spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return for a strictly limited 6-week run from 17th July to 26th August 2018. This will be Irish theatre-goers second chance to experience a true modern classic and one of the most successful productions to appear in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, WICKED was previously seen by over 130,000 people during its celebrated engagement here in Dublin from November 2013 to January 2014.
Acclaimed as “One of the most successful musicals this century”, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, WICKED has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show-stopping songs by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. Stephen Schwartz is the recipient of three Oscars, four Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Honorary Tony Award. In addition to the globally successful WICKED, he is best known for his songwriting collaborations with Alan Menken on films including Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted as well as for Dreamworks’ The Prince of Egypt, for which he wrote both music and lyrics. The Broadway revival of his legendary musical Pippin won the 2013 Tony Award for ‘Best Musical Revival’ and his 1971 musical Godspell continues to be performed all over the world. His latest musical, Schikaneder, recently premiered in Vienna, Austria to huge acclaim.
WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history and recently celebrated a decade of performances at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it and has played over 4000 performances and continues an open-ended run. WICKED has already been seen by over 50 million people around the world and is one of the most celebrated and successful musicals of all time. Winner of over 100 major international awards, the original production has already been performed in over 100 cities in 15 countries around the world (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil and China) and has also been translated from its original English into six other languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.
This show features 350 stunning costumes, 140 wigs, 244 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.
It takes 100 people, both on-stage and behind the scenes, to delivery every single performance of this gigantic touring production that has been acclaimed as “every bit the West End show”.
Tickets for this unmissable production are on sale now through Ticketmaster outlets.