Wicked is Back in HollywoodCategory: Activities, Performances, & Events
The popular musical Wicked is back at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood through March 15, 2015. If you haven’t seen this hit play, now is the time to find out what happened in Oz before Dorothy and Toto arrived. And if you have seen it before, it’s time to revisit this fun, witty, and musical story.
Wicked is the story of Glinda (The Good Witch of the North) and Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West). They were roommates in school and although in the beginning they clashed (and I’m not just referring to Elphaba’s green skin), they became best friends.
Pay close attention to the scenery, quips, references, and characters while you see the story of the two girls unfold. There are plenty of things that will spark some memories of the classic film, The Wizard of Oz. We all know about Dorothy and her friends, but now we can delve deeper into the characters in Oz.
Glinda is a self-absorbed, popular girl, while Elphaba is a sweet, well-meaning outcast. They are hardly the characters we remember from the movie. So what happened to make them into the characters we have grown up watching every year? This is the story of the land and the people over the rainbow!
What I found amazing about this production are the visual effects. While most people might just concentrate on the storylines, the visuals are something you shouldn’t miss. And those amazing “flying monkeys” look realistic. They are mesmerizing to watch.
Variety has said Wicked is “A Cultural Phenomenon” and Entertainment Weekly proclaimed it is “The Best Musical of the Decade.” It’s definitely a fun story because of the characters we all know, or think we know.
Wicked is for ages 8 and up, and no one under 5 will be admitted to the theater. The children around me were just as taken with the play as the adults, so if you have kids, they will most likely enjoy the show and their friends will be “green” with envy. (I had to put that in!)
Wicked is playing at the Pantages now through March 15, 2015. They will hold a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of $25 orchestra seats for each performance. Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each; cash only. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability
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