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Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Read Wicked Tulsa Review by JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer on Tulsa World

At Thursday’s matinee performance, I sat behind what had to be the most ardent fans of Wicked in northeastern Oklahoma.

Not only did they know every word of every song of this musical (which opened its 16-performance run at the Tulsa PAC on Wednesday), this couple also quoted most of the show’s choicest lines of dialogue, usually in perfect sync with the performers on the Chapman Music Hall stage.

Vicki Noon as Elphaba (left) and Natalie Daradich as Galinda are like two sides of the same coin in Wicked

Vicki Noon as Elphaba (left) and Natalie Daradich as Galinda are like two sides of the same coin in Wicked


Galinda (left) becomes Glinda the Good Witch of the East; Elphaba becomes the Wicked Witch of the West

Galinda (left) becomes Glinda the Good Witch of the East; Elphaba becomes the Wicked Witch of the West

And they spent most of the intermission telling all who would listen how this particular performance compared to the one they had seen last summer, when “Wicked” spent a month at the PAC.

This particular touring production of the show benefits from a pair of excellent performances by its leading ladies, Vicki Noon as Elphaba and Natalie Daradich as Galinda.

Daradich’s Galinda has all the self-absorbed perkiness one expects, but she never slips into the cartoonish antics that we’ve seen other actresses use. Her Galinda is a little more complex, a little more human.

The same is true of Noon, who plays Elphaba as someone who truly feels the pain of being an outcast, rather than someone who relishes the anger her status engenders. Even the moment when she lets out a Margaret Hamilton-like cackle – which got one of the biggest ovations during Thursday’s matinee – had a kind of poignant edge to it.

Noon’s and Daradich’s singing voices are so finely matched that in their duets it often sounded as if some passages were sung by a single voice, rather than two. That, and the fact that the two women are the same height, emphasized the concept that these two very different people are two sides of the same coin.

The weak links in the cast – or, to draw from the clockwork theme of “Wicked’s” set design, the two cogs whose gears don’t quite mesh – are Chris Peluso as Fiyero and Don Amendolia as the Wizard.

Wicked continues with performances through Nov. 28 at the Tulsa Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on Sale. Wicked Tulsa OK Tickets Online.

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Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Wicked will blow you away and give you more of a background on what happened before Dorothy landed in Oz.

At the risk of giving away to much, this review will be rather vanilla in its approach for that reason. If I tell to much about it, I will give too much away and that just wouldn’t be fair to those who have yet to experience this hit musical.

The story is based around who the witches were in the “merry old Land of Oz” and how they grew up. From the birth of Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of The West) to how she became who she ended up being in The Wizard of Oz and beyond. As well as, the back story of the relationship between she and Glinda, (the Good Witch) starting out as Galinda, pronounced with a Ga.

There are plenty of ooh’s and ahh’s to be had and lots of laughter as the story unfolds in front of you. Vicki Noon, who plays Elphaba, gives a stellar performance and has superb vocal ability and range. She really does steal the show and makes you have a whole new appreciation for The Wicked Witch. Natalie Daradich, who portrays Glinda, is cute and bubbly, with an infectious amount of narcissism and straight ahead conceitedness. All in good fun though, she is the child of privilege, as opposed to Elphaba ,who is her polar opposite in more than just skin tone.

Kudos to Celebrity Attractions for bringing this back for a second year. Let us just hope that it will be a regular engagement in Tulsa.

Wicked is playing now at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center through November 28th, 2010. The performance schedule will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday Evenings at 7:30 pm, Friday Evenings at 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 pm. No performance on Thursday, November 25th due to Thanksgiving holiday. Wicked Tulsa, OK Tickets starts at $30.00.

Read Wicked Review by Ernie Osborn on TulsaToday.com

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Buy Tickets to see Wicked!


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