“Wicked” – Defying Expectations

Since I still do the occasional theater review, I thought I’d go ahead and post my latest one here.

Broadway in Richmond’s production of“Wicked” stuns and sparkles. From curtain up to curtain down, “Wicked” pulls the audience in and demands attention.

“Wicked” is the “untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West” – and provides plenty of references and innuendo to the original Oz story to satisfy any Dorothy fan. This story line focuses on the early life and defining moments of Elphaba – the Wicked Witch of the West – and her relationship with Glinda, the Good.

Emma Hunton shines as Elphaba, and truly defied all expectations. Musically speaking, it’s a difficult role to play, and she did it with ease and incredible vocal strength (as seen and heard in her version of “Defying Gravity”). Gina Beck fills the role of Glinda with a flawless amount of bounce and ditz – she was quite simply perfect. Her rendition of “Popular” is by far one of the highlights of the show.

As someone that has seen “Wicked” in Richmond three times now, I will say this is the best it’s been done yet. This is a “do-not-miss-out” show!

“Wicked” runs through May 4, 2014 at the Altria Theater (formerly the Landmark Theater). Tickets are still available but they are definitely in high demand, so I urge you to not wait. Tickets can be purchased online.

Original review link: “Wicked” – Defying Expectations – Richmond Theater | Examiner.com.

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