The untold story of the Witches of Oz will be shared with audiences in the region, when the Wicked musical tour stops off at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday.
The tour, which is opening in the town, has already been seen by more than 36 million people around the world and has six productions running concurrently, including shows on Broadway and in the West End. It has grossed $2.9 billion at the box office.
The London production premiered in September 2006 and is the 16th longest running West End musical of all time. The Times hailed it as “the biggest thing in musicals since The Phantom Of The Opera opened”.
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Wicked tells the tale of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. These girls are the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.
Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch Of The West.
Following an encounter with The Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths.
Wicked includes music and lyrics by multi-Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz, and is directed by Tony Award winner, Joe Mantello.
Tickets range in price from £20 to £55. The show will run at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday, March 8. To book, call 0844 8717652.