Monday, August 30, 2010

Wicked To The Finnish

Wicked To The Finnish

On Thursday, August 26, the very first non-replicated production of Stephen Schwartz's global phenom Wicked premiered at Finland's Helsingin Kaupungin Teatteri (Helsinki City Theatre). After nearly seven years of sold-out or nearly sold-out performances on Broadway, Wicked remains the number one grossing show on the Great White Way.

"Non-replicated" means that this Wicked is not bound by the original Broadway staging and is being conceived with entirely fresh creative designs under Hans Berndtsson's direction.

But fear not, die-hard Wicked fans, because although Schwartz's score and Winnie Holzman's book have been translated into the Finnish language, they are the two elements that remain essentially intact.

For production stills, along with an approximate English translation, as well as initial audience reaction in Helsinki, please go here.

This production allow audiences to see an actress portraying Dorothy for the very first time. But of course, the real stars of Wicked are Maria Ylipää as Elphaba opposite Anna-Maija Tuokko as Glinda. Other cast members include Ursula Salo (Madame Morrible), Tuukka Leppänen (Fiyero), Eero Saarinen (the Wizard), Antti Lang (Boq), Vuokko Hovatta (Nessarose) and Heikki Sankari (Doctor Dillamond).

Currently, this production of Wicked is selling tickets through December 31, 2010. I'll be in the audience this coming Saturday with a full report to come shortly after.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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