20 Years Ago, The Musical “Wicked” Took the World by Storm: Remember?

Feast your eyes on the amazing performances in the videos embedded below. The first performance is from the 2004 Tony awards, where Wicked swept stage and the televised show featured a medley performance including the signature tune, “Defying Gravity” as well as snippets of “Unlimited.”

Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, has been a global sensation since its debut in 2003. With its captivating storyline, unforgettable characters, and mesmerizing music, it has won over audiences worldwide. The musical has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries, translated into 6 languages, and has been seen by over 60 million people, making it one of the most successful Broadway shows of all time.

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith, the original Elphaba and Galinda, electrify the crowd with this short performance. Idina, known for her powerhouse vocals, has a rich history on Broadway. She rose to fame playing Maureen Johnson in the groundbreaking musical Rent, earning her a Tony nomination. However, it was her role as Elphaba in Wicked that truly solidified her status as a Broadway legend, earning her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her portrayal of Elphaba, the misunderstood green-skinned witch, has left an indelible mark on Broadway history.

This performance, part of the “Barefoot at the Symphony” series, features the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch, in Ontario, Canada. Menzel’s powerful voice and emotive delivery truly bring the character of Elphaba to life, reminding us of her phenomenal talent that has graced the Broadway stage. Watch the video below and please continue on to the second video below!

The second clip has both Idina and Kristin singing, this time it’s “For Good,” their number about friendship.

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