Wicked, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomed its 5 millionth theatregoer to London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre on Saturday 30 March 2013. Stewart Lyons, together with his partner Cristina Kane, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, attended the sold out matinee performance and were invited backstage to meet the cast after the show. Asked how it felt to be the 5 millionth theatregoer, Mr Lyons said “It feels fantastic. We loved the show and even though it is our first visit to Wicked, it won’t be our last.”
Wicked has also just been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award - the only Olivier Award to be decided solely by public vote. Named ‘Best Musical of the Decade’ by Entertainment Weekly, Wicked continues its open-ended run as “one of the biggest hits of our age” (The Observer). The BBC Radio 2 Audience Award winner will be announced at this year’s Olivier Awards on Sunday 28 April 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London. Wicked previously won this award in 2010 and was shortlisted in 2012.
UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “All long-running shows depend as much on audiences coming back for more as they do on first-time visitors, and Wicked is no exception. We have been swept along to the incredible milestone of 5 million visitors by passionate fans and incredible word-of-mouth that inspires new ticket buyers every day. We are truly grateful to everyone who continues to make Wicked such a popular and enduring success and to all those who supported Wicked in the public vote for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award. We are all delighted to be shortlisted for this very special Olivier Award for a third time”.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Wicked has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the acclaimed novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, by Gregory Maguire.
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