For those who are still waiting to see Wicked in Manila, we have something to tide you over: in 2013, when Kristin Chenoweth was performing at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, she went through the audience, looking for someone to sing the classic “For Good” with her. When she pulls up a woman on stage, she’s surprised at how good the woman sounded!
Watch the beautiful duet below:
The woman turned out to be Sarah Horn, a voice teacher at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. People thought she was planted, but Horn told Broadworld.com that she wasn’t. She just knew the whole song by heart, which isn’t a surprise if she’s a Wicked fan.
“For Good” is one of the most iconic songs of the musical, 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 back in Manila this February!
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