“Wicked” Fact Sheet

  1. “Wicked” is a musical written by Stephen Schwartz.
  2. It is based on the book, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”, by Gregory Maguire.
  3. “Wicked” is a twist on Frank L. Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. It is told from the witches points of view.
  4. The two main characters are Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Galinda.
  5. The musical was originally produced by Universal Studios.
  6. It premiered in New York at the Gershwin Theater in 2003.
  7. The musical has won three Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, and the original cast (featuring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth) won a Grammy Award for their performance.
  8. It is the 11th longest running Broadway show.
  9. The show typically lasts two and a half hours, including an intermission.
  10. A film adaptation of “Wicked” is scheduled to be released in 2016.