In the spring, one musical will give us a glimpse on the lives of two of Oz’s famous witches and archrivals. This is ‘Wicked’, the Tony Award winning musical which follows the life and times of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who initially gained notoriety in L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’, as the story’s antagonist.
At the height of its premiere, “Wicked’ was hailed by The New York Times as “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster”, and it’s easy to see why. The musical may front itself as the story of lifelong rivals, but beneath the posters and taglines is both an enchanting and dark tale about ambitions, prejudice, envy and hatred, all masked by the prevailing themes of friendship, love, courage and resilience; mystifying set designs and larger-than-life animated characters such as a humongous winged dragon and leaping and soaring monkeys; and modern-day Broadway standards like ‘Defying Gravity’, where its emotionally charged tune and lingering lyrics clearly describe what this musical is – vivid, moving, and thought provoking. It’s not just an entertaining theatrical production, it’s as relevant and timely as it can be.
As part of its ongoing national tour, ‘Wicked’ comes to Cincinnati this spring and will run at the Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center for the Arts along Walnut Street from March 5 – 23, 2014. The performance running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes with 1 intermission.
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Wicked Cincinnati Cast
Elphaba – Emma Hunton
Glinda – Chandra Lee Schwartz
Madame Morrible – Kim Zimmer
The Wizard – Tim Kazurinski
Nessarose – Jenny Florkowski
Dr. Dillamond – Tom Flynn
Fiyero – Nick Adams
Boq – Etai Benson
Music & Lyrics – Stephen Schwartz
Book – Winne Holzman
Director – Joe Mantello
Musical Staging – Wayne Cilento
Scenic Designer – Eugene Lee
Costume Designer – Susan Hilferty
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“What remains intriguing about this show is that, for all of its mainstream appeal, it is a story that could be lifted from today’s international headlines – about a nation in turmoil, about suppression of dissidents and attempts to cleanse societies of minorities.” – David Lyman of Cincinnati.com
“Tours strive to replicate the Broadway experience, and this one does a dazzling job with its eye-popping (and constantly changing) costumes, dazzling and fluidly changing sets (the visit to the Emerald City is spectacular), flying effects and giant talking heads, energetic choreography and more.” – Rick Pender of City Beat
650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
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