The musical Wicked is returning to Manila on February 2, and fans are excited to see the return of Elphaba, Glinda, and the rest of the cast.
To tide our readers until opening day, we’d like to share this video of different Elphabas slaying the musical’s most popular song, “Defying Gravity.” The video was created by Theatermania, and features different actresses like Idina Menzel, Willemijn Verkaik, Kerry Ellis, Nikki Davis Jones, and many more.
Watch the electrifying video below:
Wicked is based on the Gregory Maguire book of the same name, and tells the unlikely story between Elphaba, a lonely witch left out of groups because of her green skin, and Glinda, a popular witch. Elphaba is disillusioned by the corrupt government of the Wizard, and she goes on a quest to stand up against evil. Wicked is set before L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and is supposed to be the “origin story” of the Wicked Witch of the West.
It was adapted to the stage in 2003, directed by Joe Mantello with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The original run starred Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and won seven Drama Desk awards, three Tonys, and one Grammy.
Filipinos were given a special treat in 2014 as the Land of Oz descended on Manila. Now, those who missed the Broadway musical or who still have the green fever can get a chance to hear “Defying Gravity” because Wicked is coming back to the Philippines this February!
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