Wicked is the type of musical that has you walking out the theater with the ear worm song “Popular” in your head. You won’t be able to shake it or the completely wonderful performances of the Broadway touring cast of the production that is in Little Rock for most of the month thanks to Celebrity Attractions. They are our go-to for all things Broadway in central Arkansas and other markets.
Wicked’s first time in the capital city was in the fall of 2010. I had seen it on the Great White Way two months earlier with a promotion that my former employer, B98.5, had arranged and seeing it a third time last week was a treat. The music is so familiar; the characters so engaging. And the performances of the ensemble are impressive as well.
The leads are tremendous. Galinda is ga-reat. She likes the heavy emphasis on the “ga” when you pronounce her name. (Her name is later changed to Glinda). Her arch-nemesis who becomes someone she sees through different eyes and “for good” is Elphaba. Elphaba is green but not with envy of Glinda. She doesn’t want to be her kind if the truth be known. She is perfectly content in her skin though she knows it’s different.
Adults will pick up on the innuendo of how Elphaba was conceived, but your children will just think a woman had a green baby. For those who don’t know the original, Wicked is “the untold true story of the witches of Oz.” Celebrity Attractions’ website reminds parents who are considering bringing children that it is “recommended for children 8 and up” and that children under 5 “will not be permitted into the theater.”
Get your wicked awesome tickets for Wicked by seeing what’s available at www.ticketmaster.com. It runs through January 19 with matinees both Saturday and Sunday, and like Broadway, the theater is dark on Mondays. Be in your seat on time or those witches won’t let you be seated until quite a bit later. It is a wickedly popular live show, and I’m running out of ways to incorporate the word wicked or witch into this review. Except for this final one: don’t be a witch. Go see it.