Sunday, October 31, 2010


What a perfect combination: Halloween and Wicked.
The show about wicked witches, flying monkeys and the lasting consequences of bad PR comes to Toronto for the third time in five years. And it's easy to understand why the prequel to Wizard of Oz is such a crowd-pleaser. Like Harry Potter, Wicked captured a magic zeitgeist that put audiences under an unbreakable spell. There are currently eight productions of the show worldwide.
Of course, it all depends on the witches and both Jackie Burns and Chandra Lee Schwartz are excellent in this production.
The script doesn't exactly make sense (if Elphaba was such a talented witch, why couldn't she turn herself un-green?) but who cares? The show is imaginative, the acting and singing superb and the whole thing is wicked fun. (Sorry, couldn't resist...)

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