Wow! Now I know what all the hype is about this Wicked great musical! The only challenge is where to begin describing it. The costuming is so rich in color and style – like velvety tapestries in motion. I love the black and white dance scene costumes, and Glinda’s princessy outfits.
The monkeys in action and their costumes were captivating. All the choreography is outstanding; this show has no slow moments – I saw quite a few elementary aged kids in the crowd, and they seemed captivated, too. Special effects and set designs are so clever. I don’t want to spoil it with detail, but suffice it to say that the end of act one is particularly stunning.
Gina Beck as Glinda (excuse me, Ga-Linda, til she changed her name) and Alison Luff as Elphaba have wonderful strong voices and did a great job on harmonies.
The whole cast is just terrific. Don’t miss Wicked – I don’t know why I waited so long; there is nothing like it.
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good!
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).
WICKED features set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty (Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony nominee Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the show’s musical director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.
So how do you score your tickets?! Here’s the info!
WICKED will play the Aronoff Center from March 5 – 23, 2014: Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30PM, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sundays at 1:00PM and 6:30PM, Thursday, March 6 at 1:00PM. Tickets for WICKED start at $38 and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS(2787). For
groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.