WICKED: 11 Elphabas Unite For The Arts In Epic ‘Defying Gravity’

Clockwise from top – Idina Menzel, Lindsay Mendez, Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block

Eleven “Elpahbas” from the blockbuster musical Wicked unite to support the arts.

This epic “Defying Gravity” features (in order of appearance) Shoshana Bean, Eden Espinosa, Stephanie J. Block, Alexia Khadime, Julia Murney, Lindsay Mendez, Lindsay Pearce, Rachel Tucker, Jessica Vosk, Idina Menzel, and Kerry Ellis.

Excerpted from the virtual concert Shoshana Bean and Friends: An Evening of Broadway, which premiered live on July 13, 2020.

Shoshana organized the event to support and benefit the arts programs at her alma mater, Beaverton High School. Click here for more info and/or donate.

Folks, this is worth hitting play 😉

As the first comment on the YouTube page says, “This is what gay heaven sounds like.”

Randy Rainbow Riffs On ‘Wicked’ In Election Eve Reminder “Voting”

Just in time for the midterm elections, political satirist Randy Rainbow shares a 'Wicked' election eve reminder.
Randy Rainbow has a reminder for you

Just in time for the midterm elections, political satirist Randy Rainbow shares a ‘Wicked’ election eve reminder.

Riffing on “What Is This Feeling?” from the blockbuster Broadway musical, Rainbow urges everyone to get out and vote!

If you want the privilege to whine
Don’t just tweet, lament, and opine
Put some make-up on and
Get your ass in line

“Good luck at the polls tomorrow, everyone. May the Schwartz be with you!”

Watch below.

My Very Favorite Witches Reunite In Time For Halloween – “A Very Wicked Halloween”

Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel reunite for “A Very Wicked Halloween”

OMG – it’s still Halloween, so I can still post my favorite witches!

NBC aired the fab “A Very Wicked Halloween” TV special this week and I loved it!

I saw the original cast twice and here we are 15 years later as the fab Broadway musical, Wicked, continues to kill it at the Gershwin Theater in New York City.

I love Wicked – it’s about women discovering their true power.

It’s about marginalized people coming to grips with their true power, and majesty.

It’s about owning who we are with pride.

Original stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited for the special, and it was terrific.

Kristin performed “Popular,” Idina gave us “Defying Gravity,” pop star Ariana Grande delivered a terrific “The Wizard & I,” Ledisi and Adam Lambert (a former Wicked cast member) sang “As Long As You’re Mine,” and Grammy Award winners Pentatonix performed “What Is This Feeling?”

The finale of the special was Idina and Kristin joined by past ‘Elphabas’ and ‘Glindas’ for my husband’s favorite song from Wicked, “For Good.”

Check out the performances below.

Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth Reunite For WICKED’s 15th Anniversary

The blockbuster Broadway musical's original stars, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, will reunite for the show’s 15th anniversary this fall.
Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in “Wicked”
(photo: Joan Marcus)

 Wicked fans are about to lose their minds 🙂

The blockbuster Broadway musical’s original stars, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, will reunite for the show’s 15th anniversary this fall.

The duo who conquered Oz as “Glinda” (Chenoweth) and “Elphaba” (Menzel) will headline a special tribute concert on NBC in October.

The producers of Wicked offer this synposis:

Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

To refresh your memory, here’s the spectacular Tony Award performance in 2004 of the act one closer, “Defying Gravity.”

Joining the pair of Broadway veterans will be recording artists like Ariana Grande and Pentatonix with more guest stars to be announced..

NBC special programs and late night exec Doug Vaughan issued this statement about the casting coup:

“Wicked is a blockbuster musical playing all over the world and still selling out night after night after 15 years on Broadway, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Emmy and Tony-winning producer Marc Platt and the entire Wicked team to celebrate the enduring success of this show.”

The terrific twosome will return to Oz, on Monday, October 29, when the Wicked special airs on NBC.

In May of 2016, Kristin and Idina reunited for a special studio version of their duet, “For Good.”

Oh yeah, the magic is still there 🙂

News Round-Up: June 16, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will donate $150,000 to aid the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

• Former President Bill Clinton says more would have died in the Orlando nightclub shooting if they had been armed. Gee, alcohol + fear + dark nightclub + guns shooting into the dark – what could possibly go wrong?

• Donald Trump now says he plans to talk to the NRA about blocking folks on the “No-Fly” list from being able to purchase guns. Glad to see he’s taking Hillary Clinton’s advice.

• Billionaire Mark Cuban, longtime LGBT ally, is donating $1 million to help fund added security measures for Dallas’ LGBT community. Hmm, where’s the donation from our “good friend” Donald Trump?

• Vanity Fair takes a broad look at the current state of the presidential race, and for now, it’s looking very good for Hillary.

• Broadway blockbuster Wicked will hit the silver screen December 20, 2019. How’s that for planning?

• Two active-duty Marines are under investigation after posting a photo to a closed Facebook grouop for Marines that read “Coming to a gay bar near you!” showing a corporal in uniform holding a rifle with his finger near the trigger.

Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth Sing “For Good” Together For First Time In 12 Years

Tony Award-winners Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel sing “For Good” together for the first time in 12 years.

The ladies got together to duet once again for a Second Stage Theatre’s gala honoring Wicked producer David Stone on Monday.

The two created their iconic roles of “Glinda” and “Elphaba” (respectively) in the original cast of Wicked, which recently crossed over $1 billion in box office for the Broadway company alone, and over $4 billion worldwide.

Years later, the connection between the two is just as magical.

News Round-Up: May 3, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

Wicked, the Broadway musical blockbuster, crosses the $4 billion mark in world-wide box office.

• Donald Trump’s “working class” supporters are not so “blue collar’ when compared with Hillary or Bernie voters, who are much closer to the median household income of the average American.

• CNN’s Political Prediction Market now says Donald Trump is 96% likely to win today’s Indiana GOP primary.

• Sarah Palin asks “Who are we to disagree with 97% of scientists on climate change?” Jimmy Kimmel agrees – who ARE we to disagree with 97% of scientists on climate change.

•Anti-LGBT “Christians” descend on Target stores telling customers they need to “repent” for shopping at a store that let’s transgender folks use the rest room.

• A Texas mayor saw his anti-transgender ordinance go down in a unanimous vote.

• Netflix’s Sense8 will premiere Season 2 on Christmas Day.

• High school senior exposes himself in year book photo, gets charged with felony, but also an offer from Playgirl.

Broadway’s WICKED Reaches $1 Billion Mark At The Box Office

Variety reports that Broadway juggernaut Wicked has become the third production on the Great White Way to notch over $1 billion at the box office.

The show has achieved the milestone faster than any other Broadway production that has topped $1 billion in New York sales alone — an elite pantheon of which there are only two other members, “The Lion King” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Disney juggernaut “The Lion King” was the first to do it in 2013, 16 years after its 1997 bow, and evergreen “Phantom” followed in 2015, some 27 years after its 1988 premiere. (Back when “Phantom” opened, a sold-out smash translated to about $550,000 in late-80s dollars, a far cry from the $3.2 million “Wicked” scored over a record-breaking holiday week in 2013.)

“Wicked” has spent the majority of its run at or near the top of Broadway’s weekly sales chart. The $1 billion cumulative take accounts for about one quarter of the title’s $4 billion worldwide sales; more than $2.8 billion of that comes from the show’s other North American companies, including tours and sit-down productions in Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco.

Internationally, the musical has played to 50 million people in 14 countries, including Japan, Mexico and Australia, and been translated into six languages. A West End outpost has been running in London since 2006.

Interesting footnote: Wicked did not win Best Musical or Best Score at the 2004 Tony Awards (Avenue Q snagged those prizes). As a matter of fact, the show only won 3 Tony Awards.

I’d say living well is truly the best revenge 🙂

(tipped by Randy Report reader John)