Arguably the most popular musical of the last ten years has come to Chicago. Wicked, a fantastic story set in The Wizard of Oz universe, has delighted audiences and critics alike for years. The touring version of the show is performing in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre now through December 21st.
A Tale of Two Witches
Wicked is a musical adaptation of the 1995 book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Essentially Wicked is an origin story about the two main witches from The Wizard of Oz, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. The story takes place many years before Dorothy arrives.
Surprisingly, the show received harsh criticism when it began and many reviewers thought it would fare poorly. 10 years and 3.1 billion dollars later Wicked has become a juggernaut of the musical world.
Those early reviewers could never have guessed that not only would Wicked become a commercial success but it would even achieve the status of widespread critical acclaim. Since its first showing in 2003, Wicked has racked up 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tony awards. It is also the 11th longest-running Broadway show in history.
Wicked has been called, “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” by USA today and “Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster by the New York Times
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Date: Various dates through December 21st.
Location: Oriental Theatre in Chicago , 24 W Randolph, Chicago 60601
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