© Photo by Joan Marcus
We're suckers for spectacle.
So when Dallas Summer Musicals brings Wicked to town with its giant mechanical smoke-snorting Time Dragon looming above the stage, famous
circus-inspired talking Oz head, elaborate
clock motif scenic design, phenomenal cast of actors/singers/dancers portraying a host of colorful characters, and over 200 exquisite costumes each with a unique
This iconic one-of-a-kind show, which has been Broadway's highest grossing show for nine consecutive years and the winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, is a wildly entertaining story about two unlikely friends who grow to become the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West Elphaba (Dee Roscioli) and the immensely popular Glinda the Good (Jenn Gambatese). Jason Daunter, the tour's Production Stage Manager, enticed us on Tuesday by saying,
You're going to Oz, and it's this different place; and from the downbeat of the music when the monkeys come out, you know you're going somewhere different. So everything is slightly askew.
Though often considered to be a behind-the-scenes type of prequel to Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the story (adapted from the novel Wicked by Gregory Macguire) actually takes place before, during, and after Dorothy and Toto drop in. Roscioli and Gambatese are magical as the two Ozian witches who meet in college and share not only a dorm room but also a common love interest in the hunky yet
scandalacious Fiyero (Curt Hansen). Roscioli, who has played the role of Elphaba in more performances than any other actress, was more than sufficiently
Madame Morrible, the strict sorcery-teaching headmistress at Shiz University (Kim Zimmer, best known as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light) finds herself in cahoots with the unscrupulous and exploitative Wizard (portrayed by Tom McGowan who was also Kenny the station manager on the television show Frasier) and his monkey servant Chistery (Nicky Venditti). Elphaba's
tragically beautiful sister Nessarose (Demaree Hill) possessively falls in love with adorable Munchkin Boq (Jesse JP Johnson); and Timothy Britten Parker (who performed on Broadway in Wicked and Rent) sympathetically humanizes Dr. Dillamond, a talking goat whose dismissal as the school's last remaining animal instructor becomes the focus of a discourse on social equality and political corruption.
Like Glinda's first-impression observation of Elphaba, the musical Wicked is
unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe, but there's no doubt that the audience thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Schwartz's collection of beloved hairbrush-in-the-mirror hits which rolled out in succession with highlights being Roscioli's electrifying
We won't spoil the story's plot intricacies and the surprise twist ending; but Wikipedia has a great complete synopsis if you're interested, although we recommend skipping the last paragraph under
Act II if you want to wait for the show to find out how things turn out. There are still great seats available for this fantastically
Ozmopolitan event which runs Wednesday, April 10 through Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Dallas Summer Musicals is also hosting a ticket lottery; so two and half hours before each performance, people who present themselves at the Music Hall box office can have their names placed in a lottery drum from which names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra (floor level) seats at $25 each (cash only, valid photo ID required, limit two tickets per person).
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