“Ladies and gentlemen,” a disembodied voice introduced from the stage, bringing the group, which had gathered for the reopening of “Wicked,” to its toes: “Kristin Chenoweth.”
That introduced a fair louder roar from the viewers, as Chenoweth, who originated the position of Glinda when the present opened on Broadway in 2003, strode out onto the stage of the Gershwin Theater.
“There’s no place like home,” she stated, starting with a suitably Ozian reference. “I wanted to be here to welcome New York and all of the theatergoers back to what is my favorite show. The excitement is palpable backstage. If I may, this has been quite a year, and we’re still in it, right?”
The second the @WICKED_Musical viewers hears Kristin Chenoweth introduced gives you chills 🤩@NY1 she’s a queen! pic.twitter.com/mF1jOmpM05
— Shannan Ferry (@ShannanFerry) September 14, 2021
She praised the work of the Actors Fund, an support group, and all of the individuals who convey theater to life, onstage and off. “The people in the back, our ushers, our front of the house, the actors,” she stated, “things like this don’t just happen; it takes a whole lot of people.”
“I also want to say that my personal favorite relationship is between the audience and the actors,” she stated, “which is probably why I’m in therapy.”
The viewers burst into laughter.
Chenoweth introduced a little star energy to the return of “Wicked,” which chronicles the frenemy-ship between Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. It is a revisionist again story for “The Wizard of Oz.”
Even witches wanted to point out proof of vaccination. Credit…Jeenah Moon for The New York Times
The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2003, has been seen by greater than 60 million individuals in 100 cities all over the world. It additionally grew to become the primary touring Broadway manufacturing to reopen because the pandemic, starting on Aug. 7 in Dallas.
At the tip of the night time there was one other shock visitor on the curtain name: Stephen Schwartz, who wrote its music and lyrics. Schwartz, who had watched the present from the viewers, joined the road of glowing performers onstage, standing between Elphaba (Lindsay Pearce) and Glinda (Ginna Claire Mason), beaming with pleasure.
The applause was ear splitting.