If you missed it when it was in town last year, if you haven’t seen it since it’s been back in town this year, that leaves one question to ask – Have you at least bought your tickets to the can’t miss Broadway hit, “Wicked”?
This is by far one of the best productions to come to Tucson, and the performance on March 21 was not a disappointment. The theater was packed at Tucson Music Hall, and guests were obviously pleased as they leaped to their feet at every chance to cheered on the production, which is back this year by popular demand.
“Wicked” goes back in time in Oz, showing how the Wicked Witch earned the reputation of being so wicked.
Starring in “Wicked” are witches Elphaba, played by Dee Roscioli, and the good witch Glinda, played by Jenn Gambateses.
Elphaba from birth is misunderstood, primarily because she is born green. Always taking care of her sister, they begin college together and meet Glinda. Through misunderstanding Glinda and Elphaba become roommates, and to the shock of many friends.
Roscioli has played the green Elphaba on many occasions and from her first appearance on stage through to her last, she energizes the production.
Gambateses is a perfect cast for the good witch. With an elegant, sometimes operatic, voice, she too brought energy to the production.
Then there’s the man in the middle, Fiyero, played by Curt Hansen. Fiyero is conflicted by his popular bad-boy image, and wanting to show that he has a brain and substance.
Who knows if “Wicked” will be back next year, so missing the critically-acclaimed production this year may be your last chance in Tucson.
National Tour of “Wicked”
Director: Joe Mantello.
When: 1 and 6:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. next Sunday, continues through April 7.
Where: Tucson Music Hall at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.
Running time: About 2 hours and 50 minutes, with one intermission.
Reservations: Call 1-800-745-3000, BroadwayinTucson.com or in person at the TCC box office, where you can avoid the hefty Ticketmaster service charge.