THEATREGOERS NAME WICKED ‘BEST NEW MUSICAL’

Monday 12 February 2007

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The hit musical WICKED, at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, has dominated the Whatsonstage.com
The hit musical WICKED, at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, has dominated the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards 2007, winning 4 awards: Best New Musical, Best Set Design (Eugene Lee), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Miriam Margolyes) and Best Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel)

Over 12,000 members of the theatregoing public cast their online votes with WICKED winning all of its nominated categories. The musical averaged over 51% of the total votes cast in its nominated categories and also won more awards than any other production.

“On behalf of my colleagues Marc Platt and David Stone and everyone at Universal, I’d like to thank all the theatregoers who voted for Wicked and to offer my personal congratulations to Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman and our superbly talented London cast. It is very exciting that Wicked has been honoured by the theatregoing public whose support of, and reaction to, the show has been so incredible from the outset. We are thrilled to have won four Theatregoer’s Choice Awards and particularly delighted to have been named ‘Best New Musical’ by such an overwhelming percentage of the vote.” Michael McCabe, Executive Producer

Whatsonstage.com is the UK''s biggest performing arts website and this year celebrates its 10th birthday. The Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers'' Choice Awards are now in their fifth year. WICKED has already been seen by over a quarter of a million theatregoers since its first public performance on 7 September 2006, grossing over £10 million at the Box Office and twice breaking all- time records for the West End''s highest weekly gross. Booking has recently been extended until Saturday 29 March 2008.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed novel, the spellbinding WICKED tells the captivating untold story of an extraordinary friendship between two girls: the blond and popular Glinda and the misunderstood green girl, Elphaba, whose destiny is to become the Wicked Witch of the West. WICKED currently stars: Kerry Ellis as Elphaba, Helen Dallimore as Glinda, Adam Garcia as Fiyero, Miriam Margolyes as Madame Morrible, Nigel Planer as The Wizard, Martin Ball as Doctor Dillamond,James Gillan as Boq and Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose. From Monday 2 April the role ofMadame Morrible will be played by Susie Blake

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