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Name: Wicked
Creator: Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman (musical), Gregory Maguire (derivative novel), L. Frank Baum (original novel)
Date(s): 1995 (novel), May 28, 2003 (musical premiere)
Medium: books, Stage musical
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Official Site
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Wicked is a popular stage musical that first premiered in San Francisco for a pre-Broadway tryout before opening on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre. The show is sometimes called Wicked: The Musical to differentiate it from the novel by Gregory Maguire that it is based on. The musical's full title is Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, while the Gregory Maguire novel's full title is Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.


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Wicked on Broadway is consistently playing to sold-out or near-sold-out audiences, making it the most consistent top-performer on Broadway. Fans always congregate at the stage door after performances, and are known for giving the cast presents.

Fans are both appreciative and highly critical of the actors that take on the main roles in the show, and heated debates often occur when fans discuss which actor is "better." A subsection of fans are adamant that the original cast (consisting of Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero, etc.) are the show's ideal cast.

In 2008, it was announced that a movie version of the musical is in the works. Fans are already arguing over whom should be cast. As of 2021, the movie is still in development.


Glinda/Elphaba, a femslash pairing is very popular within the fandom.


Wicked RPF

Some fans also started shipping the actors together such as Idina Menzel/Kristin Chenoweth (pairing name "Chenzel") and others thewitches3 (Female actresses of Wicked).

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  1. ^ Missy in Bridges you didn't know you crossed (accessed 18 May 2015)