I love when someone takes a classic story and turns it around completely. That's exactly what happens in the musical Wicked, which is now playing at Overture Center. We've all seen the Wizard of Oz and we've all been scared by the flying monkees and the Wicked Witch of the West. Would you ever think you could root for that green skinned evil woman? You do in this version of the story.
I saw this show in Chicago a few years ago and the production here was just as fantastic. The costumes, acting and sets are all amazing. The only criticism is there doesn't seem to be a song that stays with you after you leave. Classic musicals like Hair or Cats and even Rent have at least one song that you're singing to yourself the next day. It didn't happen with this show, but it's still a well worth seeing.
You can still get tickets for the show, but you may actually get better seats by going to the Overture box office or call 258-4177. They even sell some seats in the first few rows for just $25! Those are sold in a lottery system 2 hours before each performance.
The posters for the show have a great line: So much happened before Dorthoy dropped in.
Don't miss it!