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November 20, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
I went to the stage production of ‘Wicked” at the Civic Center in Des Moines over the weekend and I was blown away by the performance. I had been told from several different sources that it was fantastic and they didn’t lie to me. I enjoyed the show from beginning to end and was so happy I was able to go while it was in town.
For those who don’t know, “Wicked” centers around the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from the classic “Wizard of Oz.” It tells her story from a young age until she is melted by Dorothy at the end of the original. It turns out that she was good friends with the Good Witch of North, Glenda but certain circumstances separated the two with the powers of good and wicked.
The woman who played the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, was phenomenal. I never expected to laugh so much but her comic timing was great. The word play between Glenda and Elphaba was outstanding. Both actresses had soaring, powerful singing voices that carried the entire performance.
I love the original story of the “Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked” was a creative spin on the story to tell the “untold story of the witches of Oz.” The whole company of actors and dancers kept the audience entertained from start to finish and were well deserving of the thunderous standing ovation they received at the end. Any fan of the theater needs to see this show!
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