The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus presents "No Rest for the Wicked" this weekend, but tickets are sold out for all but the Saturday matinee performance of the show that features songs from the hit musical and the debut of the AGMC Women's Chorus Project.
"No Rest for Wicked" focuses on the music of composer Stephen Schwartz. The third most successful Broadway musical ever, "Wicked" is based on Gregory Maguire's novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" and tells the story behind the "Wizard of Oz" character.
One of the biggest party weekends on the gay calendar culminates Sunday with the 10th annual “Black Party,” which takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at Club Opera. More than 3,000 people will be donning their chicest black attire for the event, which is themed “Wicked.”
“It will be everything that wicked encompasses, whether it's wicked scary, wicked sexy, wicked temptation – it will all come to fruition,” says Warren Huntley, an event planner and member of 5FRIENDS4life, the group that hosts the Black Party and its summer counterpart, the White Party.
“People come in everything from very, very skimpy sexy outfits to cocktail dresses and suits, it really just depends on your interpretation of what dressing in all black is,” Huntley says.
Gregory Maguire didn’t plan on falling in love with a woman — much less a green-skinned, allegedly wicked, witch from another world. But after almost two decades he has penned his goodbye to the girl in the black hat.
“I’ve had a wonderful 16-year relationship with the Wicked Witch of the West and I don’t think I’ll ever have a relationship like that with a woman again,” Maguire says with a chuckle.
“Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” published in 1995, was Maguire’s first novel revising L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” from the perspective of the Wicked Witch; it also became the hit musical “Wicked.”