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A Wicked Day & Musical Memories
Hey guys! Sunday here!
So excited because me and my girls are going to see the Broadway show, Wicked today.
I bought these tickets months ago to celebrate Gianna's 12th birthday. The girls have been asking me to see this show for about two years now and I thought this would be a great time to go.
Today also includes lunch before the show, at Azalea Ristorante.
Me and the girls, along with my nephew, Nolan, ate at Azalea for the first time last Spring when we went to see Gigi on Broadway. We enjoyed it so much, that we decided to go back today.
Additionally, I've sent a number of people to this lovely New York City restaurant and received rave reviews about their dining experiences.
hYesterday was really a delightful day the weather couldn't have been better it near 70°. Sitting outside the barn, I caught some rays for about thirty minutes, before heading inside the arena to film the girls' riding. Boy, did that feel warm and comforting.
Both Gianna and Kelsey did amazing!
Back to the day at hand and a closer look at the musical Broadway show Wicked, the “true” history of the witches of Oz.
16 Wicked Facts
1. Stephen Schwartz, the writer of Wicked, who also wrote the musicals Pippin and Godspell, conceived the story in 1996, after reading Gregory Maguire's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
2. Wicked premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in October 2003.
3. In the original Oz books by L. Frank Baum, The Wicked Witch didn't have a name. Writer, Gregory Maguire wrote Wicked, and he gave the witch her name using Baum's initials, L.F.B. = El-pha-ba.
4. Wicked was an instant hit and recovered its original production investment of $14 million in only 14 months. Most successful productions take up to 24 to 36 two months to recover the original investment.
5. The original cast included Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Galinda and Joel Grey as the Wizard.
6. The original show contained a song that introduced the character of Fiyero called "Which Way's the Party," but, it was later taken out and replaced with "Dancing Though Life."
7. Winnie Holzman, the writer who wrote the musical’s book, also created one of the most beloved TV shows of our era: My So-Called Life. She also wrote for thirtysomething and Once and Again.
8. Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth were both nominated for Best Actress Tony Awards in 2004.
9. Elphaba’s green skin tone is achieved with MAC makeup.
10. On April 8, 2010, “Defying Gravity” was played to wake up Mission Specialist Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger as part of one of NASA's wake-up calls.
11. Stephanie Block read the part of Elphaba while the show was being developed, but was eventually replaced by Menzel, however she did originated the role in the first national tour in 2005.
12. Wicked initially received mixed reviews from the critics including Ben Brantley of the New York Times, who called it a “sermon” with a “generic” score.
13. Today, Wicked has become one of Broadway’s most popular shows and has grossed more than $3.1 billion worldwide.
14. The show has been performed in more than 100 cities in 13 countries around the world and has, to date, been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish and Korean.
15. Wicked currently has eight productions around the world besides Broadway: London, Tokyo, Auckland, Seoul and Mexico City, plus a U.K. Tour and two concurrent North American National Tours.
16. On February 14, 2016, Wicked performed its 5124th performance with a 2PM matinee, making Wicked the 10th longest-running Broadway show, passing Rent.
What's amazing to me is that as "Miss Broadway," I still have not seen this show. Pretty crazy, but there is always a first for everything! Cannot wait!
During the past two years, I have seen MANY Broadway shows. But, I'd like to take a walk down memory lane to re-visit 3 of my favorites!!
An American in Paris, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.
A Beautiful Day with Mom
In fact, I loved this show so much and played the soundtrack so often that my girls could not wait to see it and I saw it a second time in Boston at the Boston Opera House in November, 2015. (Click here for full story)
Aladdin on Broadway
It was a fun-filled night with the entire cousins clan!!!
Well, my dear peeps, I'm off for a day of eating and musical entertainment with my two little darlings!!!
Have a blessed Sunday!!
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