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Wicked is Wickedly Good at The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Jennafer Newberry as Glinda and Lissa deGuzman as Elphaba in the National Tour of WICKED, photo by Joan Marcus

 

–by Jen Cunningham

 

Our favorite witches are back at the Fabulous Fox Theater. Elphaba is back, and DEFYING GRAVITY! Let me just say, watch out Idina Menzel, Lissa deGuzman (@lissadeguz) is hot on your heels. I have reviewed this show on a few different occasions and Lissa’s Elphaba is exceptional! Jennafer Newberry’s Glinda (@jennafernewberry) lights up the stage. She is adorable, energetic, and absolutely hilarious!

The Company in the National Tour of WICKED, photo by Joan Marcus

“Wicked” takes us on a journey through the formative years of the witches of Oz. What happened in their formative years that made them “good and or wicked.” Elphaba’s quest to meet the wizard (Timothy Shew), is met with some tribulation, disappointment, and best of all love. Fiyero (Christian Thompson @christianthompsonactor) sees past the emerald, to the heart of Elphaba.

Tara Kostmayer as Nessarose & Kyle McArthur as Boq in the National Tour of WICKED, photo by Joan Marcus

“Wicked” with its beautiful scenery, and pastiche musical numbers, is an amazing homage to L. Frank Baum. It takes us all on a wonderful journey back down the yellow brick road.

Boise Holmes as Doctor Dillamond in the National Tour of WICKED, photo by Joan Marcus

I will be honest, I love this show, it is in my top 5, absolute favorite shows. There are times that it is hard for me to write an unbiased review of this show, because it is part of the reason, I love live theater so much. The first time I saw “Wicked,” “Defying Gravity” caused tears to roll down my face. Anyone who has ever felt misunderstood or unseen, this show may speak volumes. Refusing to sell out, to fit in…and finding the strength to find your own voice; it is a beautiful story.

Jennafer Newberry as Glinda and Lissa deGuzman as Elphaba in the National Tour of WICKED, photo by Joan Marcus

“Wicked” runs at the Fabulous Fox Theater, until May 7, 2023. Get your tickets at the box office or at www.MetroTix.com. Don’t forget the Curtain Call Lounge for your pre-show dinner and drinks. The drinks are named after characters in the show, and you can take them with you to the theater.

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