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Wicked Turns 15 and Has Planned a Month Long Celebration Including a NBC Special

Wicked Turns 15 and Has Planned a Month Long Celebration Including a NBC Special

On Tuesday, October 30th, the blockbuster musical, Wicked, will celebrate its 15th Anniversary on Broadway, a milestone achieved by only five other Broadway productions in history.   To mark this landmark occasion, Wicked has planned a month of special promotions and events, including the nationally televised concert tribute to the blockbuster musical, “A Very Wicked Halloween,” featuring the show’s original stars, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, global superstar Ariana Grande, multi-platinum recording artist Pentatonix and more.  The special will air on NBC on October 29th at 10pm ET.

15th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL PROMOTIONS THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

In honor of its 15th Anniversary, Wicked will be celebrated throughout October and beyond with several promotions and fan opportunities.

  • New York City will officially become the Emerald City when the Empire State Building will turn green on October 30, the official anniversary of the Broadway opening of WickedD. The show’s current stars, Jessica Vosk and Amanda Jane Cooper, will be on hand to flip the switch.
  • The NBC Experience Store in Rockefeller Plaza will become a destination for all WICKED fans from October 15 through October 31 with a special display of Wicked memorabilia and exclusive merchandise. 
  • Inglot Cosmetics will release a Wicked inspired make-up collection, sold at the Times Square location and online at inglotusa.com from late October till the end of January.
  • Baked by Melissa, the wildly popular bite-size cupcake bakery, has designed an exclusive WICKED cupcake, which will be available at all 14 retail locations and for nationwide shipping at bakedbymelissa.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BC/EFA and A BroaderWay.
  • Broadway favorite, Schmackary’s, will premiere Elphaba and Glinda-inspired cookies in-store throughout the month of October.
  • Ben & Jerry’s will premiere custom Elphaba and Glinda ice cream sand-“witches,” available at their Times Square and Rockefeller Center locations from October 26  through November 30.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National School Climate Center’s BullyBust campaign.

The Broadway sensationWicked looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.”

Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and China) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. WICKED has amassed over $4.6 billion in global sales and has been seen by over 55 million people worldwide.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman.  The production is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento.  Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

For more information about Wicked, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.

Follow Wicked on Twitter: @WICKED_Musical, Facebook and on Instagram @wicked_musical.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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