The hit Broadway musical Wicked has been playing on the Great White Way for 10 years now, and the show is celebrating by releasing a deluxe two-disc edition of its original Broadway cast recording (available for digital download on October 29 and in stores on November 19).
The deluxe 10th Anniversary Wicked cast recording will feature bonus tracks, the single “Popular Song” by MIKA, new artwork, and a booklet that includes new essays by songwriter Stephen Schwartz and novelist Gregory Maguire. A vinyl edition of the album will also be available, directly for purchase at the Gershwin Theatre where Wicked plays or on WickedtheMusical.com.
Other Wicked 10th anniversary celebrations taking place this month include a showcase of the musical’s memorabilia and costumes at the NBC Experience Store at Rockefeller Center, as well as Facebook and Twitter promotions that will offer prizes to fans.
If there was any doubt that the Broadway musical Wicked has made an indelible mark on American culture, that doubt should disappear with the news that the iconic Elphaba witch costume, hat, and broom from the hit musical have been inducted into the Smithsonian’s popular Washington D.C.-based National Museum of American History.
The induction ceremony took place on December 17, and the costume’s designer, Tony winner Susan Hilferty, was there to sign the deed of gift. Donna Vivino and Tiffany Haas, current cast members from the Broadway production of Wicked, were there to sing a number from Stephen Schwartz’s popular score to the show.
National Museum of American History acting director Marc Pachter stated that, “This donation is a significant addition to the museum’s entertainment collection and shows the enduring cultural contribution of Broadway hits to American life.” Current and former musicals The Lion King, Rent, and The King and I are among the other chosen few Broadway musicals to be represented at the Smithsonian museum.
On October 11, the long-running Broadway hit Wicked will host a special event co-sponsored by anti-bullying organizations The It Gets Better Project and The Ben Cohen Standup Foundation. The one-night-only event designed “to help combat bullying” will include a performance of Wicked followed by a post-show talk-back discussion with members of the Wicked cast, rugby star Ben Cohen, and It Gets Better co-founder and columnist Dan Savage. The subject of the talk-back will be about what might be done to stop bullying.
Given its themes about popularity, what it means to be different, and the effects of being treated as an outsider, Wicked is an ideal Broadway show to shine a light on the important issue of bullying. For the last several years, the show has participated in programs such as BullyBust, which brings a message of tolerance directly to classrooms through special materials and in-class workshops.
Tickets for the Wicked anti-bullying event include admission to the 8pm performance of the show on Thursday, October 11, as well as admission to the post-performance discussion. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to support both The Ben Cohen Standup Foundation and The It Gets Better Project, both of which work to raise awareness about the serious consequences of bullying and to help give young people the confidence to combat it. Click here to get Wicked tickets.