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Wicked
a Gospel Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Stephen Schwartz & Winnie Holzman

COMPANY : Broadway Across America [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Fabulous Fox [WEBSITE]
ID# 3176

SHOWING : October 08, 2008 - November 04, 2008

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Based off the book "The Life and Times of the Witch of the West", "Wicked" is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Written in 2001 by Winnie Holzman and music by Stephen Schwartz, your entire family is guaranteed to love Wicked!


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Wickedly Good
by MsMusicalMaker
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
4.0
So, the Broadway smash WICKED has made it's appearance at the Fox Theatre, creating huge traffic jams of people scramming to catch a glimpse of the POPULAR musical. (Pun intended.)

AND, for the most part, the current Broadway tour lives up to the glorious spectacle on Broadway today.

With gutsy delivery and great comic timing, Carmen Cusack makes green look good. As Elphaba, Cusack sports a strong voice and great acting chops for what at times can seem like a very simplistic script.

With a gloriously beautiful voice, DeeDee Magno Hall (a once Kim in the Broadway hit "Miss Saigon"), sings like an angelic "witch-to-be." Her Nessarose is one of pain and confusion, and she does an brilliant job as the "normal" sister.

In contrast, Cliffton Hall's Fiyero never seems to ring true. His cartoon like characterization distracts in scenes where realism is key. Fiyero is, of course, carefree and "thoughtless"...however, when fighting for Elphaba's life, Hall makes a joke out of his scenes.

Now the star of the show. Katie Rose Clarke. An AMAZING combination of each great actress to play the role, yet with her own special twist, Clarke makes a wickedly wonderful Glinda. Her voice is pitch perfect and her comic chops unbeatable. She is the show's greatest asset.

The only gripe I've ever had of the show in general is its, at times, lack of "spectacle." This, I know, sounds RIDICULOUS...this show is BUILT on spectacle. However, have you ever wondered why Boq transforms behinds a wall into the Tin-Man...or why the would-be-Lion cub seems to be a puppet from your local toy store? With such AMAZING effects and production quality, it seems these things would have more of a WOW factor.

Regardless, WICKED is a hit. It is a wonderful, simple adaptation to Gregory Maguire's novel. Stephen Schwartz's music is worth the price alone.

Catch it before it flies off on it's broomstick.

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The Wicked Ticket: “Legally Blonde” meets “Carrie”
by Rockdale Writer
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
3.0
“Wicked” tells the backstory of “The Wizard of Oz” in which Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, aka Elphaba or Elphie, meet in school, become best enemies then friends then on opposite sides of a war of the words (and spells).

Elphie becomes hated and hunted after her kindly deeds are misinterpreted by a malicious spin doctor who wants to keep the focus off her own miscarriages of justice.

Boy, do I know what that feels like. (See my review for “Daddy’s Dyin’”) Try to raise a community’s standards a little bit, try to offer some guidance so those already making noteworthy contributions can deepen and enrich their performances and what happens?

No good deed goes unpunished.

It’s not easy being green

But I digress.

“Wicked” might also be called “Clever.” Libretto writer Winnie Holzman peppered the pages with sharp-as-a-tack references to some of the movie’s most beloved lines. The best is when kinetically-talented outcast Elphie returns to the family mansion; her surprised sister Nessarose (played by Deedee Magno Hall) asks Elphie what she is doing there and Elphie replies, “Well, there’s no place like home.” [Hold for laugh.] Carmen Cusack as Elphie handled that line, as she did much of her delivery, with understatement unusual in a Broadway spectacle. Clarke can deliver shivers as well as laughs, like when the actress crammed sheer terror into the few lines Holzman wrote to sketch the chilling evolution of the Tin Man and the Scarecrow—“He won’t need one now” and “Don’t let him die.”

Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda is pitch-perfect on the hit “Popular.” However, Clarke took us on a journey down the Yellow Dumb as a Brick Road. Perhaps Holzman wrote her that way but there’s only so many times you can beat a dead horse of a different color.

Dorothy receives a light touch—literally. At first only a voice from the floorboard, she emerges not as a paid actor but as a shadow on a screen, courtesy of set designer Eugene Lee and lighting director Kenneth Posner.

The gorgeous Munchkinland costumes by Susan Hilferty are exactly what I would expect if, say, the dressmakers from the court of “Camelot” took up residency in Little Five Points after sojourning through the punk clubs of Tokyo.

No, I didn’t forget to mention Stephen Schwartz’ music. I was saving it. Cusack belts his songs out of the park, getting a bigger hand than Clarke for the Act I finale “Defying Gravity.”

As far as dancing goes I thought there would be more of it, but instead of a choreographer the show has musical staging by Wayne Cilento. Eh—what can you do?

The Halloween performance should be a wild ride! So should All Souls Day and The Day of the Dead, two of the final nights of the Broadway show’s Atlanta run. It’s BYOB--Bring Your Own Broomstick.

You can’t have mine.


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