After surpassing its 20th anniversary, Wicked continues to defy gravity! The award-winning epic has become the most in-demand Broadway showcase, and today, it remains on a relentless streak! Fans across the world are traveling to see this outstanding musical that features two young witches who develop an unlikely friendship. This 2024, the musical, featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, will embark on a highly-awaited North American tour! If you’re visiting or based in Denver, you are in for an excellent summer season! From July 24th to August 25th, 2024, Wicked will conquer the Buell Theatre at the Denver Center Performing Arts! This coveted presentation will feature all the stops, including the incredible score, captivating storyline, and a stellar cast! Wicked is now recorded as one of the fourth longest-running musicals on Broadway and continues to blow away audiences worldwide! Who wouldn’t love Wicked? It’s a compelling story about good and evil, a terrific friendship, and witches! So, take a journey into the Land of Oz by scoring your tickets to Wicked now before it’s too late!
“Lavishly designed” and “witty!” – TimeOut New York
“Completely satisfying!” – USA Today
“Best musicals I have ever seen!” – Cosmic Circus
Wicked is an enchanting story that delivers incredible performances, breathtaking scenic design, and an incredible cast! The music has also transcended into the mainstream scene. Audiences can look forward to the outstanding fan favorites, such as “Defying Gravity,” “For Good,” “Popular,” and many more! This award-winning musical has taken the world by storm since its premiere in 2003! Two decades later, the show remains one of the most sought-after musicals on Broadway and across the world! Wicked is based on the 1900 novel The Wonder Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The story takes place in the Land of Oz, long before the arrival of Dorothy Gale.
Two witches, Elphaba and Glinda, attend the Shiz University and become roommates. At first, Elphaba, a witch with green skin, clashes with the blonde and beautiful Glinda. But soon, they developed an extraordinary friendship. But their relationship goes through many turmoils, including having different points of view, the same love interest, and opposite reactions to the corrupt government. Eventually, Elphaba has been branded as the Wicked Witch of the West, while the Wizard gives Glinda the name Glinda the Good. This incredible backstory provides a compelling look into the lives of two witches who play significant roles in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Premiering on Broadway in 2003, Wicked became one of the most-watched musicals in Broadway history. Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz is responsible for Wicked’s captivating music and lyrics. Meanwhile, Winnie Holzman is responsible for the musical’s enchanting storyline. For its original production, Wicked also brought in the top talents in town, including director Joe Mantello, scenic designer Eugene Lee, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Kenneth Posterm, and sound designer Tony Meola. Aside from an incredible creative team, Wicked also featured an outstanding cast, which included Broadway icons Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda. Meanwhile, Joel Grey played the role of the Wizard.
“Sit back, relax, and trust the process. It still defies gravity!” – The Guardian
The highly acclaimed original production garnered numerous accolades, including three Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. The original cast also recorded an original soundtrack album, leading to a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
By 2005, the musical went on its first North American tour, followed by a production in London’s West the following year. In 2009, the musical went back on tour, followed by multiple European tours throughout the next several years. This 2023, Wicked embarked on its third U.S. tour, which includes a coveted stop in Buell Theatre. For viewers who are keen on watching the 2024 production of Wicked, you can anticipate the show to feature all the stops and still be as brilliant as its original production.
The touring team features a stellar cast, which includes Olivia Valli as Elphaba, Celia Hottenstein as Glinda, Timothy Shew as The Wizard, and more. Attendees can also look forward to an exemplary show featuring all the fan-favorite hits, such as “The Wizard and I,” “What Is This Feeling?” “Popular” and “Defying Gravity,” among others.
If you’re wondering if the touring production is worth watching, you are in for an excellent awakening! Arts Hub published a recent review of Wicked, and it has nothing but good words, “On stage, Wicked remains a feast for the eyes and the ears, and gives audiences just what it says on the box, a big blockbuster Broadway musical.” The writer added that the sets and costumes are quite exquisite, “mashing together elements of steampunk, theatrical glitz, and Hogwarts aesthetics – and the thrilling ‘Defying Gravity’ remains arguably the greatest musical theatre Act One closing number of all time.”
Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald praised the heartwarming tale for its “splendor costumes and fantabulous sets.” The article went on to say that the real star of the show is the stage itself. The musical’s trappings, which include humongous mechanical dragon spreads and steampunk-themed details, provide audiences with a breathtaking visual experience. “Susan Hilferty’s costumes are as good a reason alone to see Wicked, a dazzling collection of sculptural but stylish confections.”
“Stylish and bombastic.” – Timeout London
Theater lovers in Denver can look forward to an incredible summer in 2024. Wicked’s North American tour will arrive in town and take over the Buell Theatre from July 24th to August 25th, 2024. As one of the main auditoriums in the Denver Center Performing Arts complex, the Buell Theatre is the largest theater in the building, comprising approximately 2,800 seats. The venue is considered one of the highest-grossing auditoriums (under 5,000 seats) in the country. Buell Theatre is the archetype of modern architecture with top-tier facilities, plush seating, state-of-the-art sound and light technology, and great customer service.
Hurry and score your tickets to catch one of the most popular musicals of all time! Wicked takes over the Buell Theatre this summer with multiple performances! If you don’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event, then hurry and secure your tickets now before it’s too late!