Composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and Kerry Ellis, current star of the Broadway smash WICKED, dressed as the show's green heroine, Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of The West, lit the Empire State Building green on Monday, October 27 at 12:00PM. The building glowed WICKED green from dusk to midnight on Monday in honor of Wicked's 5th Anniversary Celebration.
Called "Broadway's Biggest Blockbuster" by The New York Times, WICKED is a global phenomenon with eight productions worldwide. WICKED DAY is the blockbuster's annual anniversary celebration, made even more exciting this year as it was the show's 5th year on Broadway.
Winner of 20 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
Photos by Peter James Zielinski
The Empire State Building
Composer Stephen Schwartz
Current Wicked star Kerry Ellis
Kerry Ellis throws the switch...
...and the Empire State goes Emerald City!