‘Wicked’ the musical by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, and based on the novel by Gregory Maguire just blew in town for a run from March 26-April 20 at Andrew Jackson Hall in TPAC. Described in a word? FABULOUS!
This production will capture your attention from the beginning to the very end. From the moment you take your seat your attention will be captured by the dragon looming over the stage and the enormous map of OZ setting the tone for the musical production.
The story behind ‘Wicked’ takes place long before Dorothy arrives in OZ and follows the unlikely friendship formed between the 2 witches: Glinda the Good Witch (played by Gina Beck) and Elphaba aka The Wicked Witch of the West (played by Alison Luff). As the girls arrive at school, they are forced to become roommates, something they both begrudgingly enter into. The two are very different. Glinda is vain, blonde, pretty, and the popular girl in school with lots of friends. She has never had to struggle. Elphaba born with emerald green skin and dark hair who struggles to fit in because she looks different. A common tale of growing up and trying to find your place in this world. You will find yourself drawn to Elphaba aka The Wicked Witch of the West. She has struggled in life, never made to feel completely accepted by her family or anyone because she looks different and when she becomes angry strange things happen that scare people. Despite it all, she is a strong, independent person with a heart bent towards caring for others. As their friendship forms, something that surprises them both, each of the witches learn to see and bring out the good in the other. I’m not going to share the rest of the story. You’ll just have to go see it yourself to know how the story completely unfolds!
The singing was strong, superb acting, the story engrossing, stunning costumes, and the music mesmerizing! I can’t say a bad thing about it, and made for a wonderful evening at the theater. Definitely worth the ticket price! Only downside is that I can’t seem to get the song “Defying Gravity” out of my head, which was the musical highlight of the whole production. But, that’s ok, because I love that song!
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars.