Jemma at stage door following the closing night of ‘Wicked’ in Korea
Rix, Blake shine in green magic of ‘Wicked’
By Kwon Mee-yoo
The magic of “Wicked” again proved its power, breaking the Korean theater box office record in late August, with more than 200,000 watching the show in just three months.
Since the curtain went up in Seoul on May 31, the Broadway blockbuster has become a phenomenon on the theater scene here, attracting men and women of all ages and nationalities. It is the shortest period for a musical to draw that many people in Korea, surpassing “The Phantom of the Opera,” which drew 180,000, in three months. Wicked also marked a record-breaking attendance rate of 95.3 percent.
The musical tells the back story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in the classic “The Wizard of Oz,” with captivating music and an extravagant set and costumes.
Jemma Rix, playing the green witch Elphaba, and Richard H. Blake, the “scandalacious” Winkie Prince, sat down for an interview with The Korea Times, about a month after the latter joined the Asian tour.
More shots from an interview with Jemma Rix, Richard H. Blake and Suzie Mathers. The full article can be found here (if you can read Korean!)
Jemma backstage before the 100th show in Korea