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‘Wicked’ Turns 10: ‘Now I Give Really Good Gifts’

Gregory Maguire, creatives, actors and producers gather to fete the musical juggernaut's anniversary

The room was warm, as theater folk say, at the 10th anniversary performance of Broadway musical “Wicked.”

The Gershwin Theater audience was packed with a crowd made up of members of the creative team, thesps from the original and subsequent casts including Eden EspinosaJoel Grey, Teal Wicks and Katie Rose Clarke (pictured above), fans, industry types and other backstagers who have helped the tuner become one of the Main Stem’s most recognizable, and profitable, properties.

The enthusiastic cheers came early and often. “That was like a Pacific Ocean of love in there,” said Gregory Maguire, author of the novel that inspired the show.

He was talking to the book writer of the tuner, TV vet Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life”), at the afterparty at the Edison Ballroom. She, in turn, gushed about her collaborators and talked up the continued honing the show has undergone as it’s been produced in stagings around the world. (Most recent addition: the Spanish-language Mexico City production.)

“We all have a very good work ethic about it,” Holzman said of the creative team, which also includes composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz and helmer Joe Mantello. “It takes a certain kind of person. Neurotic!”

Having a global smash to your name does change your life, she added, even if it’s not in the most obvious ways.

“My husband and I still live in the same house, and the trappings of my life haven’t really changed,” she said. “But I get to do whatever I want. I get to write whatever I want. As a writer, that’s big. And now I give really good gifts!”

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