For many, Wicked is a household name in the world of musical theater and rightfully so. Wicked first opened its doors in 2003, and the original Broadway cast, which starred Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda) won 3 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards, and 4 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Now it is back and better than ever with the second National tour starring, Ginna Claire Mason (Glinda) and Jessica Vosk (Elphaba), playing at the Orpheum Theater.
The entire cast of Wicked is just incredible. Fred Applegate (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) captured the character perfectly. Applegate was a mischievous and devious Wizard who also gave off the friendly leader characteristics that The Wizard must embody. Isabel Keating (Madame Morrible) also captured the characteristics of her character well. Keating had a very apparent and visual character development throughout the production and it was fun to watch the different sides of Madame Morrible as the show progressed. One actor that stood highly out to me is Chase Madigan (Chistery). Chistery is the main flying monkey of the monkey guard, and Madigan was simply incredible. The way Madigan moved on stage was so fun to watch, and made the monkeys one of my favorite parts of the show. Ginna Claire Mason (Glinda) was another one of my favorites to watch on stage. Mason was bubbly, energetic, and fun. Her voice was incredible, and really shown in the well known song, “Popular.” Mason’s voice was matched with the beautiful voice of Jessica Vosk (Elphaba) who was the icing on the cake to this magical experience. Vosk becomes Elphaba on stage, leaving whoever Jessica Vosk is in her normal life and transforming completely into Elphaba for the whole duration of the show. Vosk, like Keating, was quite fun to watch as her character developed throughout the production. Vosk’s voice is amazing as well, and during defying gravity the chills never left body as her voice completely took over the whole theater. The cast as a whole really worked together to bring the magicalness and wonder of Wicked alive on stage.
Of course many shows wouldn’t be the way they are without their tech, costumes, and makeup and Wicked is no exception. For me, it was the visuals of Wicked that made it so incredible. One of the coolest parts of the show is the giant mechanical Oz statue that the Wizard controls. The first time it came on stage and the bright lights in it’s eyes shone and the loud voice blared through the speakers I was awed and amazed and could not take my eyes off of it. Along with the tech, the makeup for me was the other awesome part to see on stage. Especially on the bright green Elphaba, whose makeup made her truly look as if she was born green, and the heavily powdered white Madame Morrible.
If given the opportunity Wicked is a show you don’t want to miss. It's a delightful story, with a beautiful score, incredible tech, and lovable characters. You will be captured into the magnificent world of Oz the minute the show starts, and you will leave wishing you could stay in Munchkinland forever.