WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, officially opened this week (26 July 2016) at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, winning rave reviews from local media:
“A wicked triumph! A funny, moving, exciting, thought-provoking and hugely entertaining journey through both the prequel and sequel to the Oz story” Emma Clayton, Telegraph & Argus
“Out of this world! From the costumes, set design and lighting to the songs, dancing and superb singing, Wicked is the best show I’ve ever seen” Jacqui Blay, Pulse 2 Radio
“A funny, poignant re-telling of a classic adventure story with glittering costumes and talented performers. It would be wicked to miss it!” Gail Sayles, Sunrise Radio
“What a spellbinding treat … with great music, wonderful characterisation and colour, lighting and costumes to die for, this imagined tale of magic and mayhem will bring your dulled senses to life” Phil Hopkins, The Yorkshire Times
With almost 50,000 tickets already sold, and with standing ovations from audiences, the production continues until Sunday 21 August 2016 only. For best remaining ticket availability choose midweek performances in August with tickets from just £21.50 (inc. fees).
This spectacular and multi record-breaking touring production, featuring a huge, full-time company of 71 people and an additional local crew of 20, will travel directly from Bradford to the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and then continue touring internationally until January 2018.
Executive Producer (UK/International Tour) Michael McCabe said: “We are all hugely appreciative of the incredible welcome we have received at the Alhambra Theatre. The entire company of Wicked has been relishing the extraordinary warmth and generosity of audiences here in Bradford and we’d like to thank Adam Renton and his entire team for their fantastic support and hard work in helping to make this engagement such a very special and phenomenal success.”
The Wicked UK/International Tour stars Jacqueline Hughes (Elphaba), Carly Anderson (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Iddon Jones (Boq), Emily Shaw (Nessarose) and Jodie Steele (Standby for Elphaba).
Acclaimed as “a wicked and wonderful vision of Oz” (London Evening Standard), “a magical story of friendship, love and growing up” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com) and “pure magic” (Time Out London), the multi award-winning London production of Wicked continues its open-ended run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now in its 10th year and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history. Around the world, Wicked has now been seen by 50 million people in 14 countries, and won over 100 major awards.
Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagined the stories and characters created by Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two 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 multi Grammy® and Academy® Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony® Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Joe Mantello.
Wicked is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK/International Tour): Michael McCabe.