Austin gets wicked for the return of a Broadway classic
Before the world of female empowerment was Barbie Pink, it was Elphaba Green. Wicked, the retro-active musical prequel to the Wizard of Oz and one of the longest-running Broadway shows of all time is hitting the Bass Concert Hall stage in March 2024, with tickets going on sale to the general public on November 17, 2023.
Wicked became a defining piece of the Broadway canon in 2003, thanks in part to its complex portrayal of female friendship. But it was the performances of Idina Menzel as "Wicked Witch of the West" Elphaba Thropp and Kristin Chenoweth as "Good Witch" Glinda Upland that made the show unforgettable.
Numbers like "Popular" and "Defying Gravity" — that later became Broadway staples — brought humor and boldness to the twist on a classic story, and have inspired countless renditions by professional singers and amateurs alike. Elphaba's "battle cry" closing the first act of the show is one of the most famous runs in musical theater.
The show is seeing a resurgence this year as the New York production and key original players celebrate the 20-year anniversary.
Even though it's not the original Broadway cast — and it hasn't been in New York for decades — Austinites will see the same caliber of performers, cast by Broadway Across America.
Wicked will bring nostalgia to Austin for 24 performances between March 13 and 31, 2024.