The Wicked National Tour flew in on a golden broomstick last night at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. They’ll be here until the 29th of January, and if you enjoy pure entertainment, you truly owe it to yourself to witness this production.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in New York and have seen Broadway productions of numerous shows. I’ve also been to several traveling shows at multiple venues here in Florida.
The show last night at Dr. Phillips PAC was as good as any I’ve seen anywhere. The cast was fabulous; the costumes were vibrant, and beautiful; the set was amazing; the music flawless.
You know when something seems too good to be true…they tell you it likely isn’t…well, in this case it absolutely is. Outside of not starting at 8 o’clock exactly…there was nothing that was not otherwise perfect.
It’s easy to see why since 2003 Wicked has been nominated for at least one award every year and to date has received 64 award nominations and has to date won 10 TONY awards, a GRAMMY, and the hearts of anyone who has seen it.
The curtain went up and within the first 30 seconds the audience was howling with laughter. Mere minutes after that, you’re exposed to one of the most fabulous ensembles of vocalists heard anywhere.
The two female leads are spot on in their interpretation of their characters. Glinda is played flawlessly by Amanda Jane Cooper who surprisingly brings likability to a snooty, uppity, self- centered, and egomaniacal little brat who we end up falling in love with by the end of the night.
Meanwhile, Jessica Vosk (Elphaba) paints the “Wicked Witch” in a whole new light. Believe it or not (without myself playing the “role” of spoiler), you’ll find it hard to watch the classic film “Wizard of Oz” and see the witch as you did prior to seeing this presentation.
Both of these ladies stretch their respective vocal cords higher than Glinda’s bubble when they perform their numbers.
The remainder of the performers are just as talented. If you didn’t know any better you’d think that after the show you were walking out of the Gershwin Theartre into 27 degree weather and onto 51st street between 8th and Broadway.
Whatever you do, go see this production…it’s WICKED good!
You can get your tickets here.