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15 Years Later and ‘Wicked’ the Musical Is Still Going Strong

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Wicked’s success came 15 years ago in the year 2003, thrilling theater-goers with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a story based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The novel was a creative interpretation of the classic Frank L.Baum tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And of course, who could forget the musical inspired by Baum’s novel, 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. With such a solid foundation for a springboard, it’s no wonder that Wicked, the prequel to the original Oz story, was hugely successful and continues to be so.  

The ‘Wicked’ 15th Anniversary Special on NBC: ‘Wicked’ the Musical Is Still Going Strong

If it wasn’t obvious enough that Wicked is still an impactful Broadway musical, the Halloween special on NBC is a telling indication. The special premieres on Monday, October 29 at 10 p.m. Don’t miss A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years of Wicked if you’d like to join in the anniversary celebration. Who will host the special? The two original stars of the Broadway hit, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. Can it get any better? The show will also be host to performances by Chenoweth, Menzel, and other stars.

What Do Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel Have to Say About ‘Wicked’ 15 Years Later?

The two Broadway actresses are not at all surprised at Wicked’s success, even after so much time has passed. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel sat down for an interview with E! News recently to discuss the success of Wicked. “The themes are love and friendship and forgiveness and that’s what we look for in life,” Chenoweth said of the musical. “Sometimes it’s hardest to have forgiveness and love and all those themes with people you love the most, and I think that’s what Wicked does so well.”

Menzel gave her own thoughts on Wicked, stating, “It’s always been a powerful piece about two female characters at the center, at the heart of it, which was always really great and unique to begin with, which is even more relevant today. Even more important.”

Read the original article from E! News

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Recap: “Younger” Season Four Premiere

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The following contains spoilers from the Season Four premiere of Younger.
Younger, for those unfamiliar with the show, is about a 40-something-year-old woman named Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) who has just separated from her husband and is looking to get back into the workforce she left to raise her daughter. When she is honest about her age, she received nothing but closed doors, but when she reaches the publishing firm Empirical Press to apply for an assistant position, she pretends to be 26 and lands the job. Thus, her life has been a series of elaborate and not so elaborate lies to keep the truth hidden ever since.
When we last saw Liza during the season three finale, the life she’s spent so long trying to protect was falling apart. Her boyfriend, Josh (Nico Tortorella), had just broken up with her though he was planning to propose, after seeing her kiss Charles (Peter Herman) in the Hamptons. They have one of the most emotional and heartbreaking fights of the season as Josh calls her out deservedly on her lies and her behavior. After losing her boyfriend, she decided to come clean to her work best friend, Kelsey (Hilary Duff) about her real age, daughter, and second life outside of work. Season three closed with this reveal and Kelsey feeling betrayed by one of her closest friends.
In the season four premiere, which aired last night, we see Kelsey walking down the street, suitcases in hand, reliving the explanation that Liza gave her for why she lied. On top of that betrayal, Kelsey finds out that Liza bought a book that she specifically asked her not to buy in order to keep her age a secret.
Meanwhile, Kristin Chenoweth shines in her guest spot as a confident and flirtatious woman who is pushing a book wherein the truth is subjective, operating under the belief that if you say something loud enough no matter what it is, it can be true. For the sake of their millennial imprint, Kelsey implores Liza to keep her secret from their bosses, Charles and Diana (Miriam Shor), leaving Liza to believe that Kelsey has forgiven her—that is, until later at the “29 under 29” Entertainment Weekly party that they strong-armed their way into. When Liza confesses her relief at Kelsey’s forgiveness, she learns that their comradery in the party was just business for the imprint, and Kelsey feels that Liza broke her heart and can never be forgiven. Shortly after, we learn that Kelsey has moved in with Liza’s ex, Josh, which is sure to create even more drama for the show that started out its fourth season with a bang.
What did you think of the Season Four premiere? Let us know in the comments below!

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