Friday, January 17, 2014

"Wicked" Now On Stage at the Benedum Center

by Sarah & Rose

The New York Times has named Wicked “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and Entertainment Weekly calls it “the best musical of the decade.” Now, Wicked, the untold story of the witches of oz, has come back to Pittsburgh with much anticipation.  We were able to catch the show last night and the performance was simply magical.

Allison Luff plays Elphaba, who at first glance is simply the “wicked witch of the west”, but throughout the story, you see she is much more.  She is the outcast in all of us; the girl we root for; a girl who was simply misunderstood. In the guise of “the green girl”, she is a character that all ages can relate to in some way.

Gina Beck plays Elphaba’s polar opposite, Glinda, who is perfectly ditzy and acts as a reminder of how silly popularity can be.  The girls become best friends but have to pretend that they are still polar opposites as life gets in the way of their friendship.  The musical follows these two girls as they go to school together in the land of Oz (before Dorothy) and how they grew to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

The music is to die for.  And although I would have loved to see Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel perform “Defying Gravity” & “For Good”, Allison Luff & Gina Beck belt it out just as powerfully. There is something about the music from Wicked that makes you feel empowered  and inspires you to be yourself.

Wicked, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America, will be on stage at the Benedum Center until February 9.  For more information and to purchase tickets (starting at $39), please visit The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's website (or click here).

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