I got the insane privilege of attending a showing of the musical, Wicked at the Murat Theatre in downtown Indianapolis last Thursday. I will never be able to gush enough about the brilliance of this play!
You must check to see if it is anywhere close to you. Click here for the Wicked Tour Schedule. So worth it to go. Save those pennies, it was 2 1/2 hours of pure exhilaration.
I am a lover of the Wizard of Oz. I must have watched it 100 times growing up. If you haven’t read the book or don’t know the premise behind this play it is written from the point of view of the witches. “Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.” — Broadway Across America Press Release
It is brilliantly written and makes you fall in love with both Glinda and The Wicked Witch. Besides the plot being amazing the costumes were unbelievable.
Ruffles, and bustles, and feathers OH MY!
Glitter, and color and sparkle OH MY!
Even my husband who is not a lover of all things theater enjoyed every moment of it and was just as mesmerized as I was.
Elfaba, played by Vicki Noon (picture below, left), did a wonderful job portraying the girl who is always misunderstood because she is the color green and therefore left out of all the reindeer games. (Holiday puns are always good, don’t ya think?) Behind that green mask was a voice of an angel. That girl has some serious pipes, holding notes longer than any I have heard. WOW!
Photo by Joan Marcus
Glinda, played by Rachel Potter, (pictured below left) was the perfection of the ditzy, popular and gorgeous blonde who has everyone falling all over themselves to be near her. Even with her better than thou attitude you manage to fall in love with her because you see her heart behind that layer of lipstick and mascara.
Photo credit: Wicked Tumbl’r Site
Here is a sweet tip to get the tickets cheaper if you are in the Indy area.
A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily for WICKED, at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Each day, 2 ½ hours prior to show time people who present themselves at the Old National Centre box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum and then thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.
Also you can go purchase them at the Murat box office and save all the Ticketmaster fees (which saves you about $17).
Box Office Hours:
Monday — Friday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
and two hours prior to any performance
I just saw the show last month and loved it!! I couldn't believe how deep it was without being obvious. Loved it! Glad you enjoyed it, too!
I saw it this past July in Houston. It will always be a favorite of mine! I put the CD on and relive it all the time. So happy you loved it too! Nancy
So excited! I'm headed to Chicago in January to see it : )
I love the song "Defying Gravity," but I've never seen Wicked. I started reading the book ages ago, but didn't care for it. That said, I've heard GREAT things about the show and I would love to see it. I think the story is really neat, I just don't care for the way the author tells the story (I'd read a few other things be him).
I've seen The Wizard of Oz more times than I can count. Dorothy's ruby slippers were always my favorite exhibit at the Smithsonian when I was a little girl. Such a wonderful film.
Jealous that you got to enjoy such a nice evening out with your hubby. 🙂
We went too! LOVED it! Another Hoosier Crafter woo hoo! 🙂
We saw Wicked at the Murat on Sunday. The tickets were a Christmas gift. We loved the show! I wasn't aware of the lottery but will take advantage of it in the future. Thanks!
I am so glad you got to see it! I saw it last spring and LOVED it too. I would see it again…
I want to see this. I enjoyed the book and want to see the stage adaptation!
Saw it on Broadway in 2006. AMAZING!!! Such a great show!!
I saw Wicked in NYC in september and loved it! the music was great and the story was so clever!
Isn't it amazing??? I've seen it twice and I'd gladly see it again.
So glad you got to see it. I finally was able to see it with my mom and sisters when we took a girls trip to San Franscisco! I LOVED it too!!! The music and acting was amazing and I loved the clever storyline!! Now I to go back and take my hubs!
i have also seen it and loved it!! definitely a must see!!!
Caspian ALWAYS requests "Defying Gravity" when we're jamming in the car (Glee soundtrack). We both belt it! 😀
I saw this in Chicago a couple of years ago – it's simple awesome! My DH liked it, too and he's not really a theatre guy, either – he got me tickets to see Legally Blonde (the musical) for my birthday and paid for 3 of my friends to go, too, just so he wouldn't have to go with me!
Thanks so much for the tips. We had tickets to go see it at the Murat last weekend, but we both ended up with the flu! I've been wanting to see it for years and was so upset that we had to miss it. Maybe I'll be able to snag some of those orchestra seats so I can still see it this year!
I saw it once in LA and once in Salt Lake. My favorite broadway show by far. LOVE IT! Can't wait to see it again. My kids have never seen it but have listened to the music. (My kids can sing every song) I've also told them all about it. Two years ago on their own for Halloween they decided to be Glinda, Elphaba and the Wizard. Couldn't convince my other little guy to be Fiero though.
I saw this in Charlotte a few years ago – my husband got us front row tickets – and it was so amazing. And I also listen to the CD all the time!
I had the supreme luck of seeing this on Broadway. If you loved the play do yourself a favor and get the soundtrack- beyond awesome with Kristin Chenowith and Idina Menzel.
This play has offered me a new perspective when I meet people, and helped me to better understand my family- the idea that people are so much more complicated than we know and it's way too easy to fall for the 'perception is reality' way to categorize them
My husband and I saw this almost a year ago here in Dayton. The show blew our minds!!! Have always heard how wonderful it is but until you see it in person, you just don't understand. My husband after wards told me that if all plays were like this more men would go and be in good with their wives LOL!!
I absolutely adore WICKED. I, too, am a total Wizard of Oz fan! I've seen WICKED twice (once in NY and again in Dayton). I am waiting for any excuse to go see it again, it is totally awesome. The soundtrack gets played frequently around here when my husband isn't around. 🙂
Grear review! Wicked in my FAVOURITE musical and I'm sad I can't just nip to the theatre on a cheap ticket Saturday afternoon to see it now that I'm not living in London anymore.
Get the soundtrack so you don't lose any of the memories!
This musical is fantastic–I agree. Indeed my second favorite–only to Phantom of the Opera. I saw the twice–once in Dallas and once in Seattle. My daughter loved this, too. Don't take them too young–she was 6 and understood it. If you ever get the chance to see it, do it! And the CD is certainly worth the listen as well. You can't beat Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel!
I am so excited that you finally got to experience this show for yourself! I loved every second of it ad would definitely go again when/if it comes back to St. Louis.
I saw this in Des Moines last year and it was AMAZING! I had listened to the soundtrack for a long time in advance, and I think that helped. But I was sooo impressed by all the clever foreshadowing it did for the Wizard of Oz!
You are so right! I saw it in Detroit (Broadway on tour) a few years ago and it was wonderful!!! I will warn you though…the book is very raunchy. I read about 1/3 of it, hoping it would get better, before giving up. Pretty perverse at some points. So glad the musical didn't contain any of that!
I had seen it twice now once in cincinnati,ohio 2 years ago with my aunt and i saw it in ind at the murat theatre on jan 1 2011 with my mom brother and his girlfriend and my aunt who has seen it 18 times now and it is her joy to buy tickets for people she knows we all love it even my mom who usely is not in to the kind of stuff and then there is my brother who loved it too and I did not know if he would I loved it so much can not wate tosee it again someday Ijust hope that everyone can see this musical and love it as much as we do