Have you heard of the Broadway Musical Wicked? This show is theatre at its very best. Exquisitely Wicked and cleverly profound is how I would describe it. It has been around for 10 years and watching it now and then are different, yet still just as spectacularly mind-blowing. The undertones remain the same, but the feeling of it now got to my gut a lot faster and the meaning behind for a whole lot deeper.
Wicked is about Glinda the Good and Elphaba forging a friendship despite their differences. Glinda is popular and perky, whereas Elphaba is born green, smart and misunderstood. Along the way, the duo encounter some good, and a lot of bad. The good was witty and hilarious, and the bad had very dark poignant sadness to it. It covers discrimination in a way that even children understand ‘Something Bad’ is happening in Oz. But I don’t want to go into great detail because it’s a must-see.
There is humour in the dialogue, and actress Laurel Harris does justice to Elphaba’s character with her sarcastic and brilliant voice. Kara Lindsay as Glinda was exceptionally quirky and awkward, but the voice was dynamic and sweet at the same time. I had my guard up at first because I would keep thinking of Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, but 4th song in, these 2 beautiful actors won me over. Hook, line and sinker. Harris and Lindsay complement each other, I almost cried in the end.
The set design is a whole other layer of refined talent. No detail was missed, with the bubble Glinda arrived in, to Oz. I was blown away… The music is the perfect Broadway formula. It really, truly is. Matt Shingledecker plays a sexy, lazy Fiyero, and watching his heart change in the second act was outstanding. This show is in such popular demand, that there are two traveling National casts. Talk about impressive!
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Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon)
Now until November 2, 2014
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30PM
Wednesday & Saturday 1:30PM
Added performance Sunday September 7 & November 2 – 7PM
No performance on Friday October 31, 7:30PM.
WICKED is recommended for children ages 8 and older. Children under four will not be admitted.
This production employs strobe lighting effects.
Running Time: 2 hours 45 min (includes intermission)