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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Wicked second national tour is currently in Baltimore, MD for the second time for a month long run from October 03 to November 04, 2012. Wicked first visited Baltimore in 2007.

Here is the review of the Wicked musical by Tim Smith at BaltimoreSun.com:

Equal parts nostalgia and hipness, satire and sentiment, one-liners and philosophy, the hit musical “Wicked” remains a potent brew. Bewitching, even.

This tale-spin about life in Oz, before that rude girl from Kansas crashed the place, is neither quite as profound as its most ardent champions would aver, nor quite as empty as its detractors have charged. But the work’s component parts certainly come together snappily in ways that create entertainment writ large.

The plot, adapted by Winnie Holzman from the Gregory Maguire novel, presents a back-story for the peculiarly green woman we last saw in a puddle — the Wicked Witch of the West, who tried so darn hard for the return of those jeweled slippers in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Various details we accept as gospel from that movie get some interesting twists (better to … forget what you remember Margaret Hamilton’s iconic witch doing to the Scarecrow). And, like in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” characters are apt to shift between good to evil without warning.

Oz, it turns out, is not entirely Eden-like. The Wizard happily tells his people lies, because “they were lies they wanted to hear.” Prejudice, intolerance, suspicion of the “other,” power-hunger, fast-flying rumor — it’s all happening in or around this emerald-tinted world.

Some of these issues, especially a campaign against talking animals (a chilling classroom scene is fully Third Reich-redolent), could use more depth. But the fast-moving, if opera-length, show stays primarily focused on the emotional journey of the supposedly wicked witch, Elphaba, how and why she moved toward the dark side.

One of the tricky things about “Wicked” is how to keep the Glinda character from tilting the musical her way; she spreads glitter from the get-go and could go on to steal any scene.

The touring production boasts terrific balance and chemistry between the two leads — Christine Dwyer’s sensitive, wry Elphaba and Jeanna de Waal’s iridescent Glinda. Both are nuanced actresses who manage to tap into something genuine about the characters. Their unlikely friendship, the bond that changes both women “for good,” resonates strongly here.

Dwyer doesn’t just nail the glum, glib side of Elphaba, but unleashes the eager little girl beneath. Even in her most theatrical moments, she doesn’t lose a touch of humanness.

Would that Stephen Schwartz’s score contained a few more items of that cleverness. A lot of the songs are in generic pop mode, spinning their wheels over well-worn harmonic paths and failing to generate a really strong melodic hook.

The supporting cast does uniformly persuasive work. Paul Kreppel makes a disarming Wizard, Gina Ferrall a colorful Madame Morrible. Billy Harrigan Tighe has the fresh, all-Ozian looks and smooth swagger for Fiyero, the man who lights a spark under Elphaba and Glinda.

Read the complete review {Via BaltimoreSun.com}

Wicked musical performances at Hippodrome Theatre will continue through Sunday November 04, 2012. Buy Wicked Baltimore MD Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Wicked musical is currently performing at Hippodrome Theatre from October 03 to November 04, 2012. “Wicked” is the story of two girls and the very different lives they end up with. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz.

Here is the review of the Wicked musical by FLORENCE LAU at jhunewsletter.com:

This month, prepare to soar above Oz at the Hippodrome with the Tony Award winning musical Wicked.

The prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Wicked follows the story of Elphaba Thropp (Christine Dwyer) and Glinda Upland (Jeanna de Waal), who eventually grow up to be the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Grappling with the idea of good vs. evil, politics and friendship, this show teems with colorful lights and costumes, spectacular special effects, show-stopping musical numbers and of course, one misunderstood green girl.

Although this show was based on Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, it departs from the novel in order to tell a much more light-hearted story about the conflict in Oz.

The show begins with the celebration of the death of the Wicked Witch of the West before taking the audience back in time to when the Witch was still a girl named Elphaba starting out at Shiz University with her younger sister, Nessarose. Although Elphaba initally has an extremely antagonistic relationship with her roommate, Glinda, the two of them eventually become best friends, to the surprise of everyone else around them.

Meanwhile, dark forces are brewing in Oz.

Animals are losing their ability to speak, and Elphaba is determined to get to the bottom of it. Elphaba’s magical powers have come to the Wizard’s attention, but when she realizes that he is a fraud who only wants to use her powers for his own benefit, she strikes out against him, leading him to label her the Wicked Witch of the West.

The rest of the musical deals with the consequences of Elphaba’s decision to fight the Wizard and her subsequenct vilification, which brings her into conflict with Glinda and tests the limits of their friendship.

Read the complete review {Via jhunewsletter.com}

Wicked will be in Baltimore, MD through November 04, 2012. Buy Wicked Hippodrome Theatre Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Wicked Musical, one of the most popular shows on Broadway return to Baltimore on Wednesday Oct 03, 2012. It’s been four years since the last time the Hippodrome played host. Wicked will play at Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC for almost 5 weeks through Sunday November 04, 2012.

“It’s a huge spectacle with lots of lights and music and it’s pretty and fun, so you see a really great product with great messages,” said Erica Norgaard, company manager.

“The show itself is basically the same as Broadway and all the other ones you’ve seen. The same people built it,” said Matt Biltgen, head carpenter.

More than 6 million people have seen this show. For the next five weeks, up to 80,000 more will get the chance to do so in Baltimore.

Wicked Hippodrome Theatre Schedule:
Tuesdays to Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Additional 2:00 PM show on Thursday Oct 04, 2012

For this run, the producers offer a lottery. On the day of the show, go to the box office two and a half hours before curtain. Some people will get orchestra seats for just $25.

Wicked will continue performances at Hippodrome Theatre through Sunday November 04, 2012. Buy Wicked Baltimore MD Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Wicked Tour will make a stop in Baltimore, MD in the month of October 2012. The Hippodrome’s 2012-2013 Broadway Series includes the biggest hit musical “Wicked”. “From a consumer perspective, this is a juggernaut season,” said Jeff Daniel, president of the Hippodrome at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.

Wicked was a huge hit when it first played the Hippodrome in 2007.

‘Wicked’ The award-winning musical, which provides a back story for the Land of Oz and the two witches who will change the life of an unsuspecting farm girl from Kansas, is scheduled to open the season October 03, 2012 and run for a month.

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.

Wicked Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC Schedule – October 03 to November 04, 2012:
Tuesdays to Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Special matinee on Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Wicked musical runs through November 04, 2012 at Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC and tickets are selling like hot cakes. Buy Wicked Baltimore MD Tickets today. Get $10 OFF on Wicked Hippodrome Theatre Ticket Orders over $350! Use Code AFF$10.

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