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Onstage: Wicked

By Rick Pender · March 11th, 2014 · CityBeat Recommends
wicked2Gina Beck and Alison Luff in Wicked - Photo: Joan Marcus
Back in 2003 Wicked launched the careers of power singer Idina Menzel and the effervescent Kristin Chenoweth as the opposing witches in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz; both were nominated for Tony Awards; Menzel won. It marked its tenth anniversary on Broadway in October, and it has surpassed 4,300 performances. A national touring production began in 2005; a second tour was added in 2009. For the third time, a tour stop is at downtown Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center, this month for a three-week run. Wicked has broken local attendance records previously and will certainly do so again.

There’s no denying its appeal.

If you’ve seen Wicked before, you won’t see anything new. And that’s what most people want. There’s nothing disappointing about this production: Audiences come to Wicked because they already love it and want to see it again (and again). It’s certifiable, guaranteed entertainment. And that’s what they’re getting.

Wicked, presented Broadway in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center, continues through March 23. More info and tickets: cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/wicked.


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