Feeling Wicked in the Land of OZ
My 10-year-old daughter Kristen’s eyes lit up and she couldn’t help herself.
“Whenever I see someone less than fortunate than I,” she sang. Even though she has a nice melodic voice, I was sure those sitting next to us weren’t paying to hear Kristen sing — though ironically the role was originally performed by another Kristin (Chenowith).
“Shhh,” I told her. “We’re in the theater.”
Kristen’s joy at the performance of “Wicked” was universally shared by her sister Danielle and their friend Bridget Gross, who all were watching the musical for the first time that night.
So did it live up to your expectations, I asked Danielle.
“No,” she said. “It was even better than I thought it would be.”
Bridget seemed to agree.
“I like the way it all tied together,” she said. “After Fiero turned into the scarecrow that’s when I said ‘I got it.’”
Of course all three are familiar with the “Wizard
of Oz” and “Wicked” plays off that story and gives us a campy behind-the-scenes look into the characters and what it would be like if really they were all just friends and college roommates.
It’s a great story about love and overcoming people’s perceptions. How life can take twists and turns that no one expects.
Based on the novel by Gregory MaGuire, the musical was written by Winnie Holzman and has wowed audiences since it opened on Broadway in 2003. Since then, it has been seen by 20 million people worldwide grossing $1.65 billion.
Play the Wicked Lottery
If you want to be one of the fortunate ones to see “Wicked,” there is a way to see the musical for $25. Until the end of the production on April 3, there will be a daily lottery drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats. The way to get the tickets is arrive a the box office 2 ½ hours before the show and have your name entered in the lottery. Names will be drawn a half hour later and the lucky winners will get a chance at two tickets. Definitely worth the effort.
Go behind the scenes
If you’d like to see a behind the scenes look at the Wicked show, check out this video by my friend Greer Wylder.
For more on the show
Tickets can be purchased online at www.SCFTA.org or by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 19 will be sign-language interpreted.
For more information log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.