wickedToday’s feature is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel a parallel novel of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s 1900 classic storyThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; Since its 2003 debut, this musical has broken box office records around the world, currently holding weekly-gross-takings records in Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and London. In the week ending January 2, 2011, the London, Broadway, and both North American touring productions simultaneously broke their respective records for the highest weekly gross.In the final week of 2013, the Broadway production broke this record again, earning $3.2 million.The West End production and the North American tour have each been seen by over two million patrons.

Today’s song was written by Stephen Schwartz for the first act of the 2003 musical. It is sung by the character “Galinda”. While writing the song, Schwartz imagined one of “those cheerleaders” – “She was the most popular girl at school, and she always went out with the captain of the football team. She was always the homecoming queen, blonde with a perky nose – the whole thing.” Schwartz has compared the song to the film Clueless.

Today’s artist born July 24, 1968 is an American singer and actress, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway, and in 2003, she received wide notice for originating the role of Glinda in today’s musical. Her television roles have included Annabeth Schott in NBC’s The West Wing April Rhodes in Fox’s Glee and Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won a 2009 Emmy Award.

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Kristin Chenoweth – Popular was presented by Sev on May 15th 2014

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