Everything You Need to Know About Wicked

Wicked first opened in London in 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and has remained a fan favourite ever since. In April this year, the show celebrated becoming the 10th longest-running show in West End history with its 6,762nd performance.

The musical acts as both a prequel and a sequel to the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz and tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good.

Wicked is loosely based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire which was published in 1995. A book that was in turn based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and of course the 1939 film adaptation.

The West End production of the musical came after the success of the Broadway production that opened in 2003, which won three Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for the original cast album. The London production is brought together by the same team but the show has been tailored slightly for a British audience. The minor changes include the dialogue, choreography, some special effects, and the accent.

Wicked has been seen by over 12 million people in London and is already the 8th longest-running musical in West End history. The London production received five Olivier Award nominations and went on the win the Olivier Audience Award for Most Popular Show in 2010.

The current West End cast includes Alexia Khadime as Elphaba, alongside Lucy St. Louis as Glinda, Ryan Reid as Fiyero, Sophie-Louise Dann as Madame Morrible, Caitlin Anderson as Nessarose, Joe Thompson-Oubari as Boq, and Lisa-Anne Wood as the standby for Glinda. Michael Fenton Stevens as the Wizard, Graham Kent as Doctor Dillamond, and the return of Laura Harrison as the standby for Elphaba.

The Company is completed by Conor Ashman, Jessica Aubrey, Jeremy Batt, Felipe Bejarano, Asmara Cammock, Joshua Clemetson, Effie Rae Dyson, Aimee Hodnett, Kate Leiper, Jemima Loddy, Joshua Lovell, Rory Maguire, Paddy Joe Martin, Darnell Mathew-James, Millie Mayhew, Ayden Morgan, Rishard-Kyro Nelson, Aston Neman Hannington, Aiesha Naomi Pease, Jeanie Ryan, Natalie Spriggs, Charlotte Anne Steen, James Titchener, Micaela Todd, Taela Yeomans-Brown, and Jacob Young.

A two-part film adaptation of the musical is also in the works with the first part set for release this November.

Wicked is currently playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and plays performances Tuesday-Sunday. With evening performances at 7:30pm Tuesday-Saturday and matinees at 2.30pm Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Book your Wicked tickets now online via the LSBO website or at our box office in Leicester Square.

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Everything You Need to Know About MJ The Musical

MJ the Musical is a jukebox musical based on the life of one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Michael Jackson. The show is currently playing at the Prince Edward Theatre.

With a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and choreography by Tony Award-winning director/ Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, MJ takes the audience behind the scenes of Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous World Tour. The new musical features some of Jackson’s most iconic songs in music history including Beat It, Billie Jean, Man in the Mirror, Bad, Thriller, and Smooth Criminal.

MJ was first scheduled to open on Broadway in 2020 but was postponed for obvious reasons. The production went on to open at the Neil Simon Theatre in February 2022 with Myles Frost leading the cast as Michael Jackson himself. The show was a box office success and went on to receive 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.

The production went on to win 4 Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for Frost, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design. The original cast recording was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The Broadway production of the musical has now grossed over $190 million and has been seen by over 1.2 million people.

The musical then went on to open in the West End at the Prince Theatre in March 2024 with Myles Frost reprising his role as Jackson.

Appearing alongside Tony Award-winner Myles Frost are Ashley Zhangazha as Joseph Jackson / Rob, Mitchell Zhangazha as Michael, Philippa Stefani as Rachel, Phebe Edwards as Katherine Jackson / Kate, Matt Mills as Berry Gordy / Nick, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton as Tito Jackson / Quincy Jones, Matt Gonsalves as Alejandro, Jon Tsouras as Dave, Kieran Alleyne as MJ alternate and standby for Michael, Kwamé Kandekore as the standby for MJ and Michael.

The full MJ company includes Derek Aidoo, Morgan Baulch, Milan Cacacie, Spencer Darlaston-Jones, Hanna Dimtsu, Aden Dzuda, Marie Finlayson, Christopher Gopaul, Kalisha Johnson, Grace Kanyamibwa, Travis Kerry, Dianté Lodge, Simeon Montague, George Ross, Lydia Sterling, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Taylor Walker, Charlotte-Kate Warren and Tavio Wright.

Also appearing are Jaydon Eastman, Elliot Mugume, Ethan Sokontwe, and Dylan Trigger as Little Michael, with Cristiano Cuino, Sekhani Dumezweni, Khanya Madaka, and Aidan Oti as Little Marlon.

Book your MJ the Musical tickets now. Currently playing at the Prince Edward Theatre.

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