Wicked in Concert to Air on PBS, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel Host
Wicked in Concert to Air on PBS, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel Host

Wicked in Concert to Air on PBS, Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel to Host

Oh, what a celebration! On August 29, PBS will air Wicked in Concert, a musical celebration of the iconic Broadway score written by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz.

This special performance will feature reimagined, never-before-heard musical arrangements created just for this broadcast, performed by celebrity artists from the worlds of film, pop music, and television. Whether you’ve listened to the Grammy Award-winning cast recording for years or are new to the world of Oz, you will fall in love with these extraordinary Broadway classics written by the incomparable composer Stephen Schwartz.

The evening is co-hosted by Wicked’s original stars, Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth and Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, with performances by Tony Award nominee and star of Sex and the City Mario Cantone, Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Gavin Creel, Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose, two-time Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo, Stephanie Hsu of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, EGOT winner Rita Moreno, multi-Grammy Award-winning country artist Jennifer Nettles, Grammy Award nominee and star of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Alex Newell, Grammy Award nominee and co-star of the upcoming film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen Isaac Powell, Olivier Award-winner, Grammy Award nominee and star of Glee Amber Riley, star of TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Gabrielle Ruiz, and Tony Award-winner Ali Stroker.

Amber Riley performs "Defying Gravity."
Amber Riley performs “Defying Gravity” for Wicked in Concert. Photo by Elman Studio, LLC/Nouveau Productions, LLC.

Musical numbers featured in this star-studded concert include much of the beloved score, such as “The Wizard and I,” “Defying Gravity,” “Popular, Wonderful,” “No Good Deed,” “For Good” and “As Long As You’re Mine.”

Wicked in Concert airs on Sunday, August 29, 2021, at 9pm ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.

Wicked will resume performances at the Gershwin Theatre on September 14. The Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

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