The show achieved a new milestone last night – the London production already being one of the longest-running musicals in West End history. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and direction by Joe Mantello, Wicked tells the unknown story of the Witches of Oz, and their friendship hidden from the eyes of their magical world.
No one mourns the wicked… Well, certainly this is not the case. Nah, don’t worry – the most swankified show in town is far from dying. And proof of that matter was last night’s performance at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. The international musical theatre sensation about the untold story of the witches of Oz played its 6000th performance yesterday – setting a new landmark in the long list of worldwide achievements gained by Stephen Schwartz’s whimsical extravanganza.
“As we reach the incredible milestone of 6000 performances, we take this opportunity to thank the remarkable team across the show, including our acting company, creatives, stage management, automation, lighting, sound, stage, wardrobe, wigs, orchestra, as well as all the management, venue and Box Office staff, whose professionalism and tireless dedication keeps the show running. And to the more than 10 million people who have now seen Wicked in London, we offer our deepest gratitude”, says UK Producer Michael McCabe.
Directed by Joe Mantello and with book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked is considered one of the most succesful shows in the UK – being the 9th longest running in West End history and already seen by more than 10 million people in London alone (60 million worldwide). Also produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone, the current cast includes Lucie Jones (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Ryan Reid (Fiyero), Sophie-Louise Dann (Madame Morrible), Gary Wilmot (The Wizard), Carina Gillespie (Nessarose), Nicholas McLean (Boq), Simeon Truby (Doctor Dillamond), Amy Webb (Standby for Elphaba), Lisa-Anne Wood (Standby for Glinda), among many others.
Wicked plays at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets are available on the following link.