‘Wicked’ flies into Manila anew

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Glinda The Good (left) and The Wicked Witch of the West

Glinda The Good (left) and The Wicked Witch of the West

Award-winning musical preems February 2017 at Solaire theater
In 2014, theater fans in Manila raved about Wicked, the award-winning Broadway and West End musical, thrilled to witness for the first time the story of Elphaba, Glinda and the rest of characters from the fictional Land of Oz.

Based on the 1993 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire—the reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz—Wicked is primarily a story of a peculiar friendship between the white and popular Glinda and the disliked green girl Elphaba who meet at the Shiz University.

With unexpected twists that bring them face to face with the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Glinda and Elphaba find themselves taking different paths that lead them to their destinies as “Glinda The Good” and the “Wicked Witch of the West.”

These wonderful adventures of Wicked’s colorful characters received such a warm welcome throughout its seven-week run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines that another run is truly in order. With sell out shows from two years ago, one of the most beloved musicales of the world flies into Manila anew, this time at The Theatre at Solaire, for another round of “wicked” entertainment on February 2, 2017.

Most decorated musical
With more than 100 major recognitions—including three Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards on Broadway; two Olivier Awards and nine WhatsOnStage Awards in London; six Helpmann Awards in Australia; and a Grammy Award (Best Musical Show Album, 2005)—Wicked is considered as one of the most decorated musicals of this generation.

Truly the musical has flown far and wide from its Broadway debut in 2003. Thus far, Wicked has awed some 50 million audiences in 14 countries and over 100 cities around the world. Shows have run in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, Mexico and Brazil.

At the official announcement of Wicked’s second run, two members of its UK and Ireland touring cast, talked about the privilege of essaying such iconic roles.

Jacqueline Hughes (Elphaba) and Carly Anderson (Glinda) recalled at a press conference at Diamond Hotel Manila on September 2, how the show had affected them early on and how grateful and overwhelmed they have been since taking on the leads.

“I’ve been watching Wicked since it started at the West End, and I feel very fortunate and very lucky to take on the role of Elphaba. I could relate to her because she’s a dreamer just like me, especially in my younger years. The fact that she’s also tough, incredibly powerful and at the same funny all the more make me feel grateful to play the role,” Hughes shared.

Meanwhile, Anderson noted, “Wicked was the first ever musical I saw when I was 17, and I cried pretty much on my way home. So every evening, I still can’t believe I am doing the show. It is a pinch-me-moment definitely.”

Of her character she added, “Glinda is extremely ambitious and I think that’s something that I share with her. She’s extremely bubbly, and what I really adore about her is that she’s so unassuming, innocent, honest and she really has a warm heart.”

Tickets to Wicked are now available at ticketworld.com.ph.

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