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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Wicked playing currently in Toronto at the Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria St. Until Sunday, Nov. 28 2010.

It’s wicked good, not wicked great.

Jackie Burns stars as Elphaba and Chandra Lee Schwartz is Glinda in a production of Wicked opening in Toronto Oct. 20, 2010

Jackie Burns stars as Elphaba and Chandra Lee Schwartz is Glinda in a production of Wicked opening in Toronto Oct. 20, 2010

The third version of this astronomical hit to play Toronto proves, in a very subtle way, that all productions are not created equal.

It’s still one hell of an entertaining evening, but the two guests I brought had interestingly different responses. One who had never seen the show before thought it was just swell as it was.

Wicked is a whole lot more complex and fascinating than it might originally seem to be. On one level it’s a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, led by two female characters who can be counted on to deliver the Twilight kind of crowd in droves.

But for those who look twice at the serious work underneath, nothing less than total commitment will make this show soar to the heavens.

The sine qua non that any Wicked has to have is an awesome Elphaba, someone who can play that lonely green outsider who makes all of our hearts ache. Mercifully, this production has it in Jackie Burns.

For vocal clarity, sheer power and emotional openness, I rank her up there with the very best of the five people I’ve seen in the role, including the original, Idina Menzel. Her Act I finale, “Defying Gravity,” remains every bit as thrilling as ever. I can offer her no higher compliment than that.

But Elphaba has an opposite in the show, the blond, beaming yet far-from-benign Glinda and here’s where we fall down. Chandra Lee Schwartz, who plays the role, has all of the Act I fun and camp. Her version of “Popular” is hysterical. But when we get to Act II, when Glinda becomes coldly, calculatingly evil, she doesn’t have the right stuff. Schwartz has also played Sharpay in High School Musical and that’s what she’s giving us here, a camp villainess.

Matters aren’t helped by this production’s Madame Morrible, Randy Danson, who treats the part as a piece of raw milk cheese that’s been allowed to ripen too soon. One recalls Carole Shelley’s razor-sharp innuendo in the role and sighs in regret.

On the positive side, Richard H. Blake is a totally hunky Fiyero, Justin Brill a sweet, tortured Boq and Stefanie Brown possibly the best Nessarose I’ve seen. She’s an amazing character, with those ruby shoes you’ll never forget and a blazing passion that I wish other actors could bottle.

One also has to praise Joe Mantello’s staging, which still looks sleek and bright and glossy and spectacular. Producer David Stone cuts no corners. This is the most “Grade A” tour you’re ever likely to see.

Though this Wicked isn’t perfect, it’s a wonderful piece of writing and production, and you don’t have to be a teenage girl to like it.

Even with a few warts, it’s well worth a visit. Buy your Wicked Toronto ON Tickets Online.
{Via TheStar.com – Wicked review}

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Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Wicked, the musical that offers a novel perspective on the witches of the Wizard of Oz, will be playing Toronto ON over Halloween. It’s going to be at the Canon Theatre there from Oct. 20 playing thru Nov. 28, 2010.

This will be the third Toronto visit for the American touring version of Wicked. It sold out there in 2005 and 2006. Wicked is based on the 1995 novel of the same title by Gregory Maguire. It has won many prizes including three Tony Awards.

Wicked also touring Western Canada starting June 1st, 2011 in Vancouver and moving to Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg.

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Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Something Wicked this way comes. Again. After some speculation, the Mirvish machine has announced that it’s bringing back Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holtzman’s mega-musical this fall, for the third time since 2005. Don’t get us wrong. There’s much to love about this mash note to Oz’s witchy women pre-Dorothy: slave labour, animal experimentation, body politics—heady stuff. It’s just that it only serves as a reminder that we missed out on the original Broadway run starring the ne plus ultra trio of Idina Menzel (Elphaba), Kristin Chenoweth (Galinda) and Joel Grey (the Wizard). At least this will save us from watching the Rachel/Kurt anything-you-can-sing-I-can-sing-better rendition of “Defying Gravity” from Glee for the 100th time. Or not.
Buy Wicked Toronto Ontario Canada Tickets.

Wicked Coming to TORONTO Ontario Canada in October 20, 2010 Performing till November 28, 2010
Location: The historic, 2200-seat Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1A1, Canada
Tues-Sat 7:30 pm; matinees Wed Sat & Sun at 1:30 pm. Says theatre owner David Mirvish: ” There are few shows now, or ever, on the road that have had the substance and appeal to be able to return to play to Toronto’s sophisticated audiences three times! WICKED is one in a million! It is one of the most popular musicals ever to play our city… and this is one of the most-requested return engagements we have ever experienced.”

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