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  Wicked at Ford Oriental Theatre


Ford Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph Chicago

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Don't miss Wicked Chicago.

Thru - Jan 21, 2018

Price: $62 - $212

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  Wicked Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Sitting in my seat Friday night and watching the show for about the 10th time, I marveled at how well it works. Why? Well, we’re all either the blond girl or the green girl, whatever our circumstances. We’re either successful and popular and smiley but, we insist, secretly insecure (Glinda the Good) or we perpetually feel like we’re an impostor or an outsider (Elphaba the Not-So-Bad). Gender, race, age? None of that matters. Every one of us can identify with one of the two leads in “Wicked,” and rare is the moment when one of them is not on stage."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...The current national touring production could not be more highly polished, with Mary Kate Morrissey fierce yet never shrill (as so many Elphabas have been) as the green-skinned outcast, and Ginna Claire Mason just shrewd yet clueless enough as Galinda/Glinda, the "popular" blonde with Eva Peron-like instincts. Both, as it turns out, are political creatures with their own particular ways of controlling things. But then so are Nessarose (Catherine Charlebois), Elphaba's disabled sister, and Mrs. Morrible (the superb Judy Kaye, who has played the role on Broadway), the university headmistress who becomes the Wizard's press secretary, and the ne'er-do-well Wizard himself (Tom McGowan)."
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Hedy Weiss

Daily Herald - Highly Recommended

"..."Wicked" remains a pop cultural phenomenon that still impresses with its sophisticated stagecraft and emotional storytelling. Yet more than before, the musical's strong built-in conscience should stir and challenge audiences."
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Scott C. Morgan

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Wicked remains an energetic juggernaut, still looking polished and good and still offering high-caliber performances. To their credit, the producers have not let standards slip. Even so, Wicked does not have the freshness of 2005 as the show itself has become familiar, and this is not a brand-new sit-down company created just for Chicago. Although that's to be expected, it will not matter to legions of young attendees seeing it for the first time."
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Jonathan Abarbanel

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...And you know what? I enjoyed myself. It turns out that Wicked is a pretty fantastic show. Who knew?! (Everyone. Literally everyone knew.)"
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Alex Huntsberger

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...The great news is that, in its current incarnation at the Oriental Theatre with Mary Kate Morrisey as Elphaba and Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, the show has not lost any of its magic or its charm. To be honest, I have no clue how much of what we are seeing is the original staging. Much of it is, I'm sure, as it is recognizable even after all of this time, but there could be new twists that director Joe Montello has added along with Wayne Cilento's staging; it's simply been too long for me to recall. All I know for certain is that it works. From start to finish, every lighting flourish, every use of fog, every bit of choreography, every comic and powerful moment come together to tell this familiar story."
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Karen Topham

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