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Photo Coverage: 'Wicked' Opening Number Post-Strike

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The mega-blockbuster hit musical Wicked was back and flying on Broadway yesterday night, Thursday November 29 at The Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street).† The audience cheered when Glinda, sparkling in her bubble, descended onto the stage and asked: "It's good to see me, isn't it?"

Plus, the musical has added an extra performance this Sunday December 2 at 8PM.† Proceeds from this special performance will benefit The Actors Fund, the national non-profit organization that provides help and support for everyone in the entertainment industry.

Stephanie J. Block (Elphaba) and Annaleigh Ashford (Glinda) lead a cast which also includes Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible, Lenny Wolpe as The Wizard, Sebastian Arcelus as Fiyero, Cristy Candler as Nessarose, Logan Lipton as Boq, and Steven Skybell as Dr. Dillamond.

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.

Wicked opened on Broadway on October 30, 2003 and currently has productions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Tokyo, and on National Tour.† Based on thenovel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, and musical staging by Wayne Cilento.† The production is directed by Joe Mantello.

For tickets and information visit
www.WickedTheMusical.com

Photos by Ben Strothmann


Annaleigh Ashford


Annaleigh Ashford


Annaleigh Ashford



Annaleigh Ashford


Annaleigh Ashford and the cast of Wicked


Annaleigh Ashford and the cast of Wicked


Annaleigh Ashford and the cast of Wicked


Annaleigh Ashford and the cast of Wicked


Annaleigh Ashford and the cast of Wicked


Annaleigh Ashford and the cast of Wicked

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.