Wicked (Tour): Orpheum Theater

Written by: Chrissi

It is utterly unbelievable that in my entire theater-loving life I had not seen Wicked. I’ve had the soundtrack memorized for years, but never was able to secure a seat to see it. That is, of course, until last Friday night when a friend offered me a spare ticket. (WOOT!!!!!)

If I am being entirely transparent, I knew it would be well-produced, but I also knew that no one would compare to the original cast of Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and one of my Broadway favorites, Norbert Leo Butz. I thought that no one would be capable of taking on those iconic roles. Well, to my pleasant surprise, the performers were wonderful and played the characters well and with just as much musical ability.

Although they did not take away from any enjoyment of the show, I did have a few critiques. Whether it was an artistic choice or some kind of logistical difficulties at the venue, the timing seemed off throughout different songs. Also, the vocalists tended to lean toward pop vocal styling. Fiyero was particularly guilty of this, although it did fit his character.

I walked out of the theater a satisfied and entertained patron. The show was full of plenty of whimsical costuming and set design accompanied by out of this world singing. I am so happy to have crossed that off of my theater bucket list. Be sure to catch it the next time it’s touring in your neighborhood!

Until next time.

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