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The recipient of over a hundred different stage awards around the world, Wicked Leeds is a musical that has come to Yorkshire before as a part of the production's tour of the UK. The Leeds Grand Theatre has previously hosted the musical that has delighted audiences around the globe since 2003. Wicked tells an adapted story that is inspired by a novel by Gregory Maguire called Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. In turn, Maguire's inspiration came from L Frank Baum's story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which first came out in 1900.
Most people are familiar with the characters that appear in both books, thanks to the famous Hollywood film The Wizard of Oz of 1939. Wicked turns some of Baum's ideas on their head, however, and tells the story from the point of view of the witches that he first characterised. Full of technical theatrical effects and some superbly crafted songs, Wicked Leeds was first staged in 2014, when the show also visited the cities of Cardiff, Glasgow, Southampton and Birmingham, among others.
Wicked Leeds' format
Told over two acts with a break in the middle, Wicked Leeds is formatted like many of the internationally acclaimed productions of the musical. Following an overture, the first full song showgoers hear is a rendition of “No One Mourns the Wicked”, followed by “Dear Old Shiz”. Later in the opening act, “What Is This Feeling?” is performed, as well as the much-loved “Popular”, a song for Glinda to sing. The first act closes with “Defying Gravity”, one of the most famous tunes from the show.
In the second act, there are a number of show-stopping tunes. These include “As Long As You're Mine” and “No Good Deed”. The two witches in Wicked then perform a tender duet entitled “For Good”. Stephen Schwartz was the musical composer, arranger and lyricist for the entire musical. His score employs leitmotifs here and there to reflect characters, or occasionally, ironic situations in the plot. Many of the musical scenes in Wicked overlap one another so that it is often tricky to determine where one song ends and another begins. Spoken dialogue is common throughout Schwartz' musical arrangements.
Wicked was first staged in San Francisco before going on to be a huge hit on Broadway in New York. When a touring production ran in 2005, a slightly cut-down orchestration was called for and the show travelled across North America. The West End run of Wicked began in 2006. In the US, the production on Broadway has taken in excess of $1 billion.
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