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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Wicked musical returns to Boston for it’s 5th visit and will play at the Boston Opera House through July 23, 2017.

The musical’s story is based on Concord author Gregory Maguire’s 1995 imaginative revisionist novel that takes a different look at the characters and land in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” and Frank L. Baum’s 1900 children’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and its sequels. The musical has been seen by more than 50 million worldwide since it first burst onto stage. The show recently celebrated its 13th anniversary on Broadway where it continues to run at the Gershwin Theatre.

Jessica Vosk as Elphaba and Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, with the cast of “Wicked,” now at the Boston Opera House. [Courtesy Photo/Joan Marcus]

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Wicked Boston Opera House Schedule:
Tuesdays – 7:30 PM
Wednesdays – 7:30 PM
Thursdays – 7:30 PM
Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

The Boston Opera House was packed at Wednesday night’s press opening of the current Boston engagement. Faithful theatergoers whooped with glee at the familiar songs and marveled at the elements of spectacle that enhance the compelling story. It’s the tale of the unlikely bond between Elphaba, aka “the Wicked Witch of the West,” and Glinda The Good, their sisterhood, as well as social justice, good and evil, and the rewards of following one’s heart and best instincts.

Elphaba has a mysterious power that she doesn’t understand until she is given a book of spells only she can read. The best friends go off to meet the Wizard, but Elphaba discovers he is a charlatan who deludes his people by blaming their problems on the animals.

When Elphaba realizes that she must oppose the Wizard, he gives out the fake news that she is “Wicked.” Elphaba and Glinda battle over their classmate, the sexy Prince Fiyero — who none-the-less has a brain and moral backbone. When Glinda loses him, she decides to stay on the Wizard’s team. Their adventures include several references to Dorothy, who never appears on stage but fits obliquely into the theatrical version.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Wicked musical on national tour is currently in Richmond, VA and performing at Altria Theater – Richmond (Formerly Landmark Theater) [6 N Laurel St, Richmond, VA 23220] through May 04, 2014.

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‘Wicked’ is wonderful trip back to Land of Oz – Reviewed By TONY FARRELL, at TimesDispatch.com.

Lucky for us, here comes Broadway in Richmond’s “Wicked,” the ebullient, spectacular, Tony Award-winning musical reimagining of Baum’s original vision currently playing at the Altria Theater.

As crafted through Stephen Schwartz’s bold music and lyrics and story by Winnie Holzman, “Wicked” sets out to explain the story behind the story of Elphaba, the “Wicked Witch of the West,” and her connection to Glinda, the “Good Witch of the North.”

Charging relentlessly forward through more than 20 musical numbers under vast sets evoking the inner workings of a timepiece, “Wicked” brings every ounce of theatrical grandeur to bear on themes of good and evil, solitude and alienation, and even “tiktokism,” a Baum construct that imagined time as a sleeping dragon and clocks as portals to the past, present and future.

“Wicked” is a treatise on friendship, loyalty, and how all who come into our lives help to make us who we are, even as we go our own way. It’s a lesson we spend our entire lives learning, and whether we journey by bubble, broomstick or road of yellow brick, “Wicked” makes it one magical, magnificent trip.

Read the complete review {Via TimesDispatch.com}

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

After a sold-out run in 2011, Broadway in Boise brought the musical “Wicked” back to the Morrison Center stage. Wicked will be in Boise performing at Morrison Center For The Performing Arts for 24 shows.

Wicked musical is currently playing at Morrison Center for the Performing Arts (2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, Idaho 83725) through May 04, 2014.

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‘Wicked’ continues to wow audiences – Reviewed By Kelsey Nuttall, at IdahoPress.com.

The musical, set in the Land of Oz, tells the story of two very different witches, Elphaba and Glinda. The girls struggle with life, a blossoming friendship and deep differences that transform one into the Wicked Witch of the West and the other into Glinda the Good. Fan favorite songs like “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “No One Mourns the Wicked” will be featured.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Wicked musical is currently playing at Tennessee Performing Arts Center (505 Deaderick St, Nashville, Tennessee 37219) through April 20, 2014.

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Wicked is most certainly a theatrical experience – Reviewed By Cara Richardson, at BroadWayWorld.com.

Everyone knows the story of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy arrives in Oz and must find the Wizard and defeat an evil witch to make it back home to her beloved Kansas. Wicked is an entirely different spin on the story. Wicked takes you back, to before Dorothy got to Oz. How did the wicked witches become wicked? How did Glinda the Good Witch become good? This is where Wicked steps in and fills in all those blanks. It truly is the “untold stories of the witches of Oz.”

While some may think this could be a boring musical for children, trust me when I say that it is far from that. While this is a show that children will enjoy, Wicked delves much deeper into human nature than most “children’s” shows. Wicked gives a hard look at how the choices we make define our lives, and how difficult it can be to be different and to stand for what you believe in.

Alison Luff plays the role of Elphaba, a young and different girl. Her green skin makes her an outcast at the school she’s attending. Glinda, played by Gina Beck, is the belle of the ball. The quintessential “golden child,” Glinda has no problems getting her way until she meets her new school roommate. Enemies from the start, Glinda and Elphaba learn much about themselves and each other throughout their stories.

The set, by Eugene Lee, is a character of the show all on its own. There are times the set is so fluid and the actors so intense, that you can be concentrating on the actors and look up and then entire set has changed. It really is a sight to behold. The lighting, by Kenneth Posner, is much the same. The most notable, and obvious moment of lighting is during “Defying Gravity” in which Elphaba is lit so beautifully, that it gives even more power and emphasis to the already powerful number.

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Wicked national tour is currently playing at Tennessee Performing Arts Center – Andrew Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St, Nashville, Tennessee 37219) through April 20, 2014.

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After more than a decade, “Wicked” has proven its extraordinary staying power – Reviewed By Amy Stumpfl, at The Tennessean.

When “Wicked” first premiered on Broadway in 2003, the reviews were unmistakably mixed. But as they often do, audiences had the final word, and 10 years later, “Wicked” has been declared “a cultural phenomenon,” smashing box office records around the world.

This week, the award-winning musical landed in Nashville once again, for a four-week engagement in TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall. And after selling out in record time in both 2009 and 2011, it’s safe to say that “Wicked’s” allure is “evergreen.”

The touring production certainly has lost none of its luster, thanks in part to exceptional casting. Alison Luff is excellent as Elphaba — her witchy cackle alone garnered enthusiastic cheers from the audience at Thursday evening’s performance. She glosses over the character’s awkward misfit persona just a bit, but her explosive vocals are amazing, particularly in big numbers such as “Defying Gravity.”

Gina Beck makes a dazzling U.S. debut, joining the tour directly from the West End production of “Wicked,” where she also played Glinda. Beck’s crystalline voice is stunning, but she also has the comedic chops to work the crowd for maximum laughs in “Popular.” She and Luff are delightful together, clearly having fun with “What Is This Feeling?” and delivering a stirring rendition of “For Good.”

Two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser provides great support as schoolmistress Madame Morrible. Jenny Florkowski is lovely as Nessarose, and Nick Adams plays the carefree Fiyero with confidence (“Dancing Through Life”). Meanwhile, television/film veteran Tim Kazurinsky brings his own brand of corn-fed charm to the so-called “Wonderful” Wizard of Oz.

I’m still in awe of Eugene Lee’s richly layered set — from the intricate clock gears to Glinda’s magical floating bubble. Susan Hilferty’s exquisitely detailed costumes are enchanting, as are Tom Watson’s funky wigs and hair design. And Kenneth Posner’s lighting adds another dimension to the already impressive display of stagecraft.

Read the complete review {Via Tennessean.com}

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Action News 5′s Lindsey Brown had a wickedly good time bringing you a special story highlighting all the magic going on at the Orpheum Theater through February 16, 2014.

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Lindsey Brown got the chance to take that ride 40 feet high above the Orpheum stage. Hayley Podschun is the actress playing Glinda. “Wicked is the story of these two girls and who they were before they became known as the Witches of Oz,” said Podschun describing the musical.

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Wicked first national tour is currently playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St #2, Providence, RI 02906) for the third time since 2007 through January 12, 2014.

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Witches of Wicked Charm PPAC Audience – Reviewed By BILL RODRIGUEZ, http://providence.thephoenix.com/.

It’s not easy being green, but it’s no walk in the park being mean either. Those are the lessons of the wildly popular musical Wicked, on tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in an extended run through January 12. Subtitled “The Untold Story of The Witches of Oz,” the tale has been seen by more than 13 million theatergoers from New York to Japan. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the book is by Winnie Holzman, and it was directed by Joe Mantello.

No Judy Garland look-alike appears, but occasional details from the movie emerge in the background, such as a glimpse of a yellow brick road and, in silhouette toward the end, a bucket of water melting the wicked witch, Elphaba (Alison Luff). (Don’t worry, in this telling that was faked, so she’s fine.)

This backstory to The Wizard of Oz takes place in a land of wand-waving and spell-casting that Harry Potter would enjoy. Children can be cruel, so we’d expect them to give Elphaba a hard time when she arrives at Shiz University, but her father has apparently been crueler, making clear that her only purpose in life is to take care of her wheelchair-bound sister Nessarose (Jaime Rosenstein).

Read the complete review {Via The Providence Phoenix}

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Saturday, December 28th, 2013

The hit Broadway musical Wicked is currently playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St #2, Providence, RI 02906) for the third time since 2007 through January 12, 2014.

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Witches of Wicked Charm PPAC Audience – Reviewed By Andy Smith, ProvidenceJournal.com.

The witches of Oz still cast their spell.

The musical has a lot going for it, from the catchy tunes to Eugene Lee’s brilliant clockwork sets. But the key is the relationship between Elphaba, the wicked (and very green) witch, and her enemy-turned-friend Glinda.

Elphaba is the lead part (after all, the show is called “Wicked” ) and Alison Luff gave a strong performance as both actor and singer, belting out signature songs such as “Defying Gravity” while portraying her character’s progression from naivete to ambition, outrage and finally rebellion.

But Glinda, played by Gina Beck, had to carry much of the comedic load. Beck has a lovely voice, although not quite as strong as Luff’s, and she is a gifted comic actress.

Glinda is an insufferably shallow, perky blonde who dresses like Barbie, and is apparently beloved by all. The outcast Elphaba immediately despises her, as the two sing “What is This Feeling?” (It’s loathing, that’s what.).

But the two go on to develop a friendship — there is a very funny scene in which Glinda tries to teach Elphaba the proper way to toss her hair — before they are temporarily torn apart by both love and politics.

Read the complete review {Via ProvidenceJournal.com}

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Wicked north american national tour is currently performing at State Theatre Cleveland (1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115) through January 05, 2014.

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Wicked is Back Again at State Theatre – Cleveland, to Dazzle You with Big Tunes, Witchy Spells and Major Glitz – Reviewed By Christine Howey, CleveScene.com.

Wicked is about the original Wicked Witch and her counterpart Glinda the Good Witch, not the versions Hamilton and Billie Burke created in the iconic flick. But their indelible performances always seem to hover around and about this show, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman.

This show has been performed so many times in so many places, it’s as seamless and smooth as a billiard ball. But that’s how the devotees of the play, many of whom tend to be teen and pre-teen girls, want it to be.

This production doesn’t disappoint from that perspective. Indeed, it may even exceed previous touring companies in some respects.

Featuring a story with some fairly complex plot turns that chronologically straddles the arrival of Dorothy in Oz, Wicked is a polished and stunningly designed production that never fails to amaze. Even when some of the set pieces and effects are clearly extraneous, they still have to power to fascinate.

If a house landed on you when you were young and you don’t know the story, suffice to say that the mean green witch (actual name Elphaba) and Glinda (actual name Galinda) met when students at Shiz University. Pursuing their studies in sorcery, they eventually bond, but are clearly flying their brooms in different directions, career-wise.

Glinda is a ditzy Legally Blonde-ish kind of witch, a fave of everyone who meets her. But she has a good heart and shares her crowd-pleasing knowledge with the sharp-edged Elphaba in the catchy song “Popular.”

In that role, Hayley Podschun dutifully mimics the performance markers set down by the original stage Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth. (Hey, this show is a valuable corporate product and like any good corporation, they’re looking for consistency.) But Podschun nails her songs with verve and high spirits, and what more can you ask?

Of course, Elphaba is an entirely different sort of enchantress. This is cemented in the show’s sterling song, the Act 1 closer “Defying Gravity,” in which Elphaba declares her independence in a rush of beautifully scored self-help aphorisms: “Too late for second guessing/Too late to go back to sleep/It’s time to trust my instincts/Close my eyes and leap!”

Read the complete review {Via CleveScene.com}

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Wicked north american national tour is in Des Moines, IA through November 10, 2013 and currently performing at Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA 50309).

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Wicked Casts Spell Over Des Moines – Reviewed By Brooke Bridenstine, BroadWayWorld.com.

The musical that flew back to Des Moines last week needs no introduction. Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, cast its spell on Des Moines in two prior engagements and this time around new spectators and Wicked veterans alike will be flocking to see the gravity defying musical. Wicked is now a ten year Broadway veteran, and with a timeless story, excellent production value and top talent, Wicked will no doubt continue to thrill audiences for years to come.

Wicked takes the classic fable of The Wizard of Oz and turns it on its head by focusing on the unlikely friendship between Glinda, the Good Witch, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. When the two meet at school, there is instant hatred between popular Glinda and loner Elphaba. But when the two are forced to interact they learn that perhaps they have more in common than they thought.

Wicked endures because the story it tells is timeless and filled with relatable themes. Set in the fantasy world of Oz, Wicked is not bound by conventional time. Again and again, audiences are transported to the magical, green world of Oz and the story never becomes dated because it is not of our world. Oz is a land where animals talk, there are thirteen hours on the time dragon clock, and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz presides over a seemingly perfect society. Themes such as the importance of friendship, seeking personal identity and the battle of good versus evil are woven throughout the show. And while the themes are familiar, when told against the Ozian setting they are as fresh as ever.

Wicked is the rare show that successfully combines spectacle and heart. Whether you have seen it or not, take a trip to Oz this week. Wicked continues its’ Des Moines run through November 10th. For ticket information visit Des Moines Performing Arts.

Read the complete review {Via BroadWayWorld.com}

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