“Wicked” defied a lukewarm New York Times review on its opening night of Oct. 30, 2003 and went on to become a Broadway powerhouse. Now it’s reached a significant milestone on Broadway: its 10th birthday. Playbill is getting in on the celebration:
To mark the occasion, the trademark yellow masthead of the musical’s Playbill cover has been printed green for the 7 PM performance; this marks the second time the Playbill banner has been changed to green (green Playbills were given out on Wicked‘s fifth anniversary) and the third time the yellow banner has been altered to honor a Broadway show.
There’s no denying the staying power of the show. The fact that it’s returning for another big Fresno run next year is proof that it’s penetrated the national cultural consciousness. The show’s strong women characters and themes of empowerment and sisterhood connect with audiences. I enjoy the music and love the staging, and though it isn’t a musical I’d willingly return to again and again, plenty of people do just that.
I’m curious: In these 10 years, what’s the most number of times someone from the Fresno/Central Valley area has seen the show? Have you or someone you know set what you think is a record? If so, let me know with a comment. I’ve seen the show twice: once in San Francisco, and once in Fresno. How about you?