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Wicked

by Blake French
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Mar 16, 2010
Donna Vivino as Elphaba The  Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked
Donna Vivino as Elphaba The Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked  

After breaking box office records and selling out quickly while in Miami in 2007, Broadway's smash hit "Wicked" has returned to Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami.

Written by Stephen Schwartz (Academy Award-winner for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt") and Winne Holzman ("My So Called Life"), and based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked" tells the story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy drops in.

The amusing and whimsical journey begins when two girls meet in the Land of Oz. One of them, Glinda (Chandra Lee Schwartz), is beautiful and popular, albeit a complete blond ditz. The other, Elphaba (Donna Vivino), is sarcastic and frustrated, partly due to the fact she was born with emerald green skin.

"Wicked" follows the misfit girls as they become best friends at an education institution and embark on a path to meet the mysterious Wizard, after instructors at the school notice Elphaba has special powers. Eventually, the unlikely friends become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

Although whimsical and amusing, the production’s serious themes of friendship, social acceptance, romance, revenge are fully realized.

Expertly directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, "Wicked" never misses a beat. Although whimsical and amusing, the production's serious themes of friendship, social acceptance, romance, revenge are fully realized. Furthermore, the idea of evil never being black-and-white prods the mind.

Set designer Eugene Lee and costume designer Susan Hilferty--both Tony Award winners--create a memorable array of colorful images on stage that tickle the imagination and stir the senses.

Given this and the unforgettable music, top-notch performances, and wickedly entertaining storyline (pun intended), Broadway Across America's Miami production of "Wicked" is a must-see event.

To make "Wicked" accessible to all audiences, Adrienne Arsht Center holds a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats. Each day, 2.5 hours prior to show time, patrons who arrive at the box office will have their names drawn for seats priced at only $25.

"Wicked" runs through March 21 at Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Ticket prices range from $41.50 to $153.50. Group rates are available for 20 or more. For more show times and other information, call 305-949-6722, or go online and visit www.arshtcenter.org or www.wickedthemusical.com.

Blake French has worked for 9ine Magazine, OC Drinks! Magazine, In the Scene Magazine, Lansing Community Newspapers, Laguna Beach Independent, L.A. Alternative Press, and Backstage West. He’s a regular contributor to 944 Magazine and a staff writer at Filmcritic.com.


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