"I was looking to make the transition to trying my hand at musicals," says Mantello, who, prior to "Wicked
," had directed only one musical: the Lincoln Center production of "A Man of No Importance," a show, Mantello says, that in some ways was more a play-with-music than an all stops-out musical.
shows the perils of turning the polarities of human nature--good and evil--into opposites--good or evil.
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked
tells the story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students.
It's too soon to say if more material will follow the trajectory of "Wicked
" from the bookstore to the Broadway stage.
OPPOSITES ATTRACT "'Wicked
' is a story of friendship, and everyone can relate to that," says David Young, the show's musical director.
Marcus Saxton, CEO at Totally Wicked
, said: "It's great to partner with such a prestigious retailer as WHSmith.
The infrastructure program of the government, in particular the bridges and roads of the Department of Public Works and Highways; the transport modernization of the Department of Transportation to include rails and land transport modernization; the intelligent traffic system that MMDA is planning to implement in the next few years and the active road clearing activities of the local governments are but part of the government initiatives to address this wicked
was an early pioneer of the sector, and has had a very busy 11 years since then.
The awards were created by the producers of WICKED
in 2010, in collaboration with Michael Morpurgo and the National Literacy Trust - to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people.
"A Very Wicked
Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway" airs Monday, Oct.
First course: Rabbit and foie gras mousse with king oyster mushrooms, paired with Wicked
Weed La Bonte Pear (sour)
Ok, so it's not exactly the usual fantastical fairy tale but Wicked
has courage, heart and a brain.
IT was 15 years ago that producer Michael McCabe first saw the musical Wicked
when he was invited to a preview on Broadway in New York.
Maguire took these witches as his inspiration People are really interested in how that evil character we all grew up with, the Wicked
Witch of the West, if she was originally innocent, got to that place of evil Michael McCabe to create a prequel in which the two women are close friends - until they meet the Wizard of Oz.
plays Birmingham Hippodrome between April 4-19.