Our school auditioned for the musical Godspell yesterday and got about half the usual participants rocking up. There were probably several reasons why, but in the words of one of my Year 12 students, ‘hardly anyone in my year level has ever heard of Godspell’.
Between 1972 and 1977 Pippin ran for 1,944 performances at the Imperial and Minskoff Theatres. In 1976-77 Godspell ran for just 527 performances at the Broadhurst, Plymouth and Ambassador Theatres. So Pippin wins (well, to be fair, before hitting Broadway, Godspell was actually one of the longest running Off-Broadway musicals).
But where does that leave Wicked?
Schwartz’s monster musical Wicked (sneak peek) has been an absolute Broadway blockbuster since it opened in October 2003 at the George Gershwin Theatre. As of this post, Wicked has nearly doubled Godspell’s run and is currently at 951 performances on Broadway. I don’t think Wicked has a problem in the world of becoming Schwartz’s most successful musical.
But where does that leave me and my theatre buddies?
Living right down the bottom of the world map in your local atlas, we waited about six years for The Lion King to come to Australia, which after about a year in both Sydney and Melbourne, will soon close on 4th June. There are rumours bouncing around at present for a possible 2007 Spamalot visit to Australia, but it doesn’t matter how much we seem to love musicals here, when you live so far away, things don’t happen quickly. To be honest, the big musical landscape is pretty barren in Australia at present, but that’s another post in itself. It’s going to be a long wait for Wicked to arrive on our shores, but I’m sure it will be worth it.
So hands up if you have seen Wicked? (Sorry about the ‘hands up’ bit, it’s the teacher in me). I think we need some Wicked reviews. If you’ve seen it, throw up a post about it. Is it as good as everyone says it is?