This musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz addresses surprisingly complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, fighting fascism. Thanks to Winnie Holzman’s witty book and Stephen Schwartz’s pop-inflected score, Wicked soars. Currently, the cast features Rachel Tucker as Elphaba and Carrie St. Louis as Galinda.
|Venue name:||Gershwin Theatre||Contact:|
222 W 51st St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Eighth Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, R to 49th St|
|Price:||$65–$145, premium $251.25–$301.25|
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Do you like those big American Idol performances that seem to scream, "I can sing loud! And high! And look at me!". This is a little bit like a series of those. Which can get a bit much, or rather would get a little much, if the story and book weren't so sharp and engaging.
Honestly, Wicked has become a Broadway staple, seeing as it will not go away any time soon, as rightfully it should not.
Though the story line can seem a bit bumpy in certain areas, especially in the teen problems camp, the true heart and soul of the show is Glinda and Elphaba. If played by dynamic actresses, the show manages to steal the heart of all those who see the show. For the young teen population the show seems to attract the most, many can find a part of either Elphaba or Glinda to identify with.
"Defying Gravity" always manages to take my breath away (seen this show three times!) and the tale of friendship won and lost always strikes a chord.
I personally think this is the best musical ever. The songs are fantastic and the story line is brilliant. I would recommend it to anyone.