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The Brain, Heart and Courage of Wicked

Since its premier in 2003, Wicked has garnered worldwide attention and accolades for its storyline, music, set and costume design.

"It's a great show. The music is fun. It's got a lot of spectacle. So many of us grew up watching The Wizard of Oz, and Wicked is very clever. People enjoy watching a take on a story they thought they knew so well," said Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of Wicked.

Yet Wicked is more than meets the eye.

More and more, powerful women are taking the Broadway stage and spotlight. They are characters, actresses, backstage workers and managers. Together, they share the stories that inspire, encourage and empower audiences time and time again—long after the curtain falls.

Sampliner is one such powerful woman. She has been with Wicked since the beginning. The very beginning. The first rehearsal in March 2003 and all 6,000-some performances to date. We spoke with her for an inside look behind the fanfare, the emerald curtain, Elphaba's green skin and Glinda's glitter—to the brain, heart and courage of the beloved Broadway blockbuster...READ MORE

Author: Cassie Westrate