"Wonderful": Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Alli Mauzey and Cast of Wicked Soar at Musical's Tenth Anniversary on Broadway

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31 Oct 2013

Tom McGowan
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As Tom McGowan, the production's Wonderful Wizard of Oz, made his way down the press line at the Wicked after party, he was greeted by Tony Award winner Joel Grey, who originated the role in 2003.

"I just saw Joel Grey, who was the original [Wizard], of course, and I'm the current Wizard, and I replaced him in Chicago 17 years ago, so it's been quite, quite a night," said McGowan. "People love this show, and it's touched people, but tonight — just because it was a special anniversary night — the love coming from the audience was just unbelievable. It was a one-of-a-kind night."

Grey said, "I just love seeing everybody I worked with. I had one of the best times in [Wicked]."

Other notable Wicked alum in the house included Eden Espinosa, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ana Gasteyer, Stephanie J. Block, Mandy Gonzalez, Dee Roscioli, Teal Wicks, Kristy Cates, Annaleigh Ashford, Katie Rose Clarke, Erin Mackey, Andy Karl, Sebastian Arcelus, Kyle Dean Massey, Richard H. Blake, Jayne Houdyshell and Michelle Federer, among many others.

"It's so much better than a high school reunion," said Federer, who originated the role of Nessarose on Broadway. "The first curtain call for opening night on Broadway was pretty special. It was my debut. There were a few of us making our debuts, so to stand there and to have that… There's a lot of pressure when you're performing your show and it's your debut — then you get to the curtain call, and you have no pressure anymore. You can actually take it all in, and I feel like that is burned into my mind. I will never forget that. That was my favorite part of tonight, too — seeing their curtain call and seeing them take in the audience. It was a [full-] circle moment. "

The curtain call included personal shout-outs to those involved in the success of Wicked, including the show's creative team, cast, crew, musicians and, of course, the fans.

As for what's next for Wicked, Federer said with a laugh, "It's taking over the world — Elphaba for president!"

Houdyshell, a former Madame Morrible in Wicked, said that the message of the musical is what she thinks keeps the show running.

"It's an important message," she said. "Almost every girl I've ever known — including me — at some point in their youth or adolescence feels terribly out of the group or unpopular. Elphaba is a great heroine for girls who are going through that, and Glinda is a great foil for her because we all knew girls like Glinda, too, but the fact is she makes this huge journey… They ultimately come to an understanding that the loyalty that's needed to keep that friendship is the most important thing… I think as long as there are girls from 7-17, there will always be a Wicked."

(Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com as well as in the pages of Playbill magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)

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Alli Mauzey and Lindsay Mendez
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