Sarah Krauss Wins "Be Wicked" Singing Contest

News   Sarah Krauss Wins "Be Wicked" Singing Contest Sixteen-year-old Sarah Krauss won the Oct. 29 "Be Wicked" singing contest, held as part of Wicked Day, the annual event to promote the anniversary of the Broadway musical Wicked.

Fifty names were picked at random to participate in the contest, which was held in front of the Gershwin Theatre, where "Wicked" is beginning its fourth year on Broadway. Krauss, of Hopewell, NJ, attended the famed Catskills theatre camp Stagedoor Manor this past summer. As the contest's grand prize winner, she will receive three tickets to the musical, hotel accommodations, the "Behind the Emerald Curtain" tour, a Bloomingdale's gift card and Wicked merchandise. Wicked Day also included a two-hour event held on the opposite coast at CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood on Oct. 30 to promote the upcoming Los Angeles production of the musical.

Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths.

With a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, after a summer tryout at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.