June 5, 2009

Wicked

Broadway Across America has once again brought the Great White Way to our fair city. "Wicked is on stage at the Murat Theatre.

"Wicked" is not a children's story about trying to find your way home, like "The Wicked of Oz" was for a different generation. It is a saga of social injustice, romance, twisted perceptions and discovering who you are and what matters to you.


The deliciously dark musical is both hilarious and heartbreaking. The show immediately sucks you into to its fantastical world with the complex set. The plot tells the "real" story of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and explains how she became the despised creature that Dorothy melted into oblivion with a bucket of water.

The music is wonderful. The songs are beautiful as stand alones, but also work in tandem with the story to propel it, rather than acting as forced interludes between scenes.

The performances given by Marcie Dodd as the misunderstood Elphaba and Helene York as the perpetually perky Glinda are excellent. Their strange friendship becomes believable in the actresses' capable hands.

"Wicked" is a reminder that great musicals are not a thing of the past. They are relevant, entertaining, complicated, thrilling, everything the theater-going public could wish for, all bundled into one show. Don't miss your chance to see "Wicked" this month.

Don't Miss the Show

Unlike most Broadway Across America shows, which run for only six days, "Wicked" will be in town for almost three weeks. But tickets are going fast for the popular show, so don't miss your chance to see it. The show runs until Sunday, June 21 at the Murat Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. Ticket prices start at $50.

Broadway Across America is holding a lottery for every single "Wicked" performance. Individuals are welcome to put their names in a lottery drum two and a half hours before each show. Exactly two hours before the show begins officials will draw a maximum of 20 names. Those individuals are permitted to buy up to two tickets for $25 each(cash only). The lottery will be held in the Murat Theatre lobby before each show and you must be present to win.

Photos Courtesy of Broadway Across America