“Wicked,” the Broadway blockbuster about the witches of Oz (pre-Dorothy), cast a spell over the industry at last week’s premiere at the Pantages Theater.
Universal, which owns the rights to the play (there are still no plans for a leap to the bigscreen), hosted the soiree, and honchos Ron Meyer, Stacey Snider and Scott Stuber were among those in attendance. “Legally Blonde” producer Marc Platt also made the rounds, reuniting with Reese Witherspoon on the green carpet.
Based on Greg Maguire’s novel, the musical is the “real” story of the friendship and eventual rivalry between witches Elphaba and Glinda during their school years. The show received a lengthy standing ovation, with folks like Diane Keaton and Clay Aiken in the audience. Afterward, guests partied at Emerald City’s Oz Dust Ballroom (aka the Palladium), where Stephanie Block, who plays Wicked Witch Elphaba, was the star of the bash.
But the night was mostly a family affair — Maria Bello with mom Kathy, Amber Tamblyn with dad Russ and Keaton (clad in a witchy, black getup with festive green-tinted shades) with kids Dexter and Duke. And in keeping with the family theme, Lorna Luft had mom Judy Garland, who of course played Dorothy, on her mind. “I think she would’ve really enjoyed the story,” Luft said. “It’s very cleverly done and very funny. And I know she would have loved some of the lines, like “They’re just shoes! Get over it!’ “