Review: "Wicked"

2013-03-22T10:48:00Z 2013-03-22T12:11:31Z Review: "Wicked"Kathleen Allen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 22, 2013 10:48 am  • 

 

This is why you want to see “Wicked”:

• The musical, which Broadway in Tucson rolled out this week for an extended run, is a spectacular light show.

• It’s a stunning costume and wig parade.

• It’s got an ace cast with pristine acting and singing chops.

• It’s got flying monkeys and a talking goat, for goodness sake.

This is why you may want to skip it:

• It lacks  a script that stretches beyond ok, and songs that, with a few exceptions, aren’t terribly memorable.

Yet it is wildly popular.

Kids — often with parents in tow — see it again and again. Heck, even some adults do.

See the full review, plus comments from kids who were catching the musical for the first time, in Sunday's Star.

Review

• What: The national tour of “Wicked.”

• Director: Joe Mantello.

• Presented by: Broadway in Tucson

• When: 1 and 6:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday;  8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. next Sunday, continues through April 7.

• Where: Tucson Music Hall at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

• Cost: $45-$165.  A lottery for $25 orchestra seats happens two hours before every show. You can throw your name into a hat beginning 2ƒ hours before curtain. Cash only.

• Reservations, information: 1-800-745-3000, BroadwayinTucson.com or in person at the TCC box office, where you can avoid the hefty Ticketmaster service charge.

• Running time: About 2 hours and 50 minutes, with one  intermission.

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