It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
Universal Theatrical Group is the team behind...
Alexia Khadime returns as ‘Elphaba’ 11 May 2009
Alexia Khadime starred as 'Elphaba’ in Wicked from 9 June to 29 November this year (2008). Her other theatre stage credits include Disney’s The Lion King; ‘Candy’ in the national tour of Whistle Down The Wind; ‘Ronnie Spector’ in the national tour of Leader of the Pack and Cinderella The Musical at the Hackney Empire.
The show currently features Kerry Ellis (Elphaba), Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Desmond Barrit (The Wizard), Dianne Pilkington (Glinda), (Nessarose) , Jeremy Legat (Boq), Andy Mace (Doctor Dillamond)
WICKED opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre 27 Sep 2006, following previews from 7 Sep - to reasonable notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations. Wicked works like a dream."THE INDEPENDENT says, "I enjoyed very little. " THE GUARDIAN says, "Efficient, knowing and highly professional but more like a piece of industrial product than something that genuinely touches the heart or mind." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Witty, enjoyable" THE TIMES says, "Songs bang out, along with iffy lyrics and not-so-witty dialogue."
The show has grossed almost £28 million in 2008, £1.2 million up on 2007. The musical has taken over £65 million at the Box Office since opening in September 2006.
Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We will end 2008 4% up on 2007 having experienced our highest grossing year to date. It is remarkable enough to see business building year-on-year but in these challenging financial times it seems like a miracle. We are very proud of the achievement and hugely grateful to all the theatregoers who continue to make this show such an enormous popular success.”
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman.
It is directed by Joe Mantello, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Tony Meola, orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by Joe Mantello.
Two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, feisty and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very, very popular. WICKED is the story of these two unlikely friends and how they end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
WICKED is currently taking bookings to 26 Sep 2009.