Book by Winnie Holzman
Director: Joe Mantello
Choreographer James Lynn Abbott
Produced by Broadway In Chicago
At the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
The green witch returns to the delight of Chicago audiences
Wicked is the Broadway musical that remains “critic proof” since its appeal is so universal that everyone, especially girls age 10 and above and women, simply can’t get enough of the show. I have never understood the show’s appeal but don’t take my word since I’m not a lover of pop/rock scores nor shrill singing. To me shows like Wicked are long on spectacle (sets, costumes, lighting and special effects) and short on art (singing, dance and acting). But, remember, I’m out of step with the crowd on this one – just get your tickets (especially if there is a young girl in your family) and enjoy the show!
As an arts reporter, let me say that the national tour of Wicked has fabulous production values and enough energy to makes for a stimulating evening of musical theatre. Barbara Robertson, as Madame Morrible and Gene Weygandt, as the Wizard of Oz demonstrated the deep talent pool in Chicago. The dazzling look, lighting, costumes, and special effects propel the show as a commercial treat. The show is fun and light weight entertainment. The story of friendship and tolerance for anyone who is “different” is a worthy lesson. It seems that the $105 top ticket doesn’t seem to deter audiences since the show usually sells out. Amazing!
Recommended – especially for young girls
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Date Reviewed: December 3, 2010
For full show information, check out the Wicked page at Theatre In Chicago.