Come on a magical journey with the Ohio Theatre into the past, a long, long time ago and way down the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz. A tale of friendship and betrayal, of love and rivalry, come and see for yourself where the true power of the Emerald City lies. A time before Dorothy is even born. A wonderful time of such great magic. A time when we find out how the terrified Lion lost his heart and how the Scarecrow came to be, the origin story for all of Oz as we know it now.
“A cultural Phenomenon” – Variety
“If every musical had the brains, heart & courage of Wicked Broadway really would be a magical place.” – Time magazine
“Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster” – The New York Times
“What a spectacle this is! Keep your eye on the witches. These wonderful girls from Oz are a delight.” – Newsday
“The most complete, and completely satisfying, musical I’ve come across in a long time.” – USA Today
Follow me down the yellow brick road, to a part of Oz where you can see the Emerald City, still gleaming in the distance, and the start of our story. Two young girls are born, one of them is no ordinary girl, for Elphaba, played by Talia Suskaur, was born with emerald green skin. She is smart, she is fiery, and she possesses exceptional magical talent. Then we have Galinda, played by Allison Baily, the beautiful blonde, with a bubbly personality that you cannot help but fall in love with. The two girls meet at the prestigious Shiz University where they join a magical sorcery class taught by the mystical Madame Morrible, played by Sharon Sachs. The two young witch’s initial rivalry turns to the unlikeliest of friendships and they embark on an adventure together to meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, played by Cleavant Derricks, oh we’re going to meet the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
However, the horror of discovering that the Wizard is just a fraud and a trickster, that the whole thing is a corrupt sham and that he wants to use Elphaba to continue the charade played on the Emerald city! Elphaba flees, but the knowledge she possesses is dangerous, not only to her but to all of the residents of the Emerald city. The Wizard and Madame Morrible who we find out is working with him, cannot abide by this risk to their power and brand Elphaba a traitor and a Wicked Witch! Galinda, however decides to work with the Wizard and after a time the two must face off against each other, as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
There is just so much to this show, I can’t tell you all of it, oh, how I wish I really could, but what would be the point of coming to see it? So, instead here’s a taste of the chaos that surrounds the magical Elphaba and the glorious Glinda; through a series of mishaps, misunderstandings and mischief Elphaba’s sister Nessarose, played by Amanda Fallon Smith, becomes the Wicked Witch of The East and in her desire for the man she loves creates the Tin Man, Elphaba accidentally creates some flying monkeys and then has to rescue them. Glinda meanwhile unexpectedly becomes engaged to the delicious Fiyero, played by Curt Hansen, and realizes that all her dreams have come true, but at a huge cost. Fiyero is meanwhile involved in this weird love triangle between Elphaba and Glinda and at the announcement of his engagement, switches sides and joins Elphaba! There’s a hostage situation, and he meets an unfortunate end, but does he really? The people of the Emerald City go on a witch hunt and march on Kiamo Ko, Elphaba’s home and we finally meet Dorothy and find out just how she got those amazing red slippers! Elphaba concocts a plan to destroy her enemies and leaves with the Scarecrow… wait, how did we get a Scarecrow? Come along to watch the show and find out. Witness the drama, the intrigue, the misunderstandings and the classic tale of friendship and identity and discover more about the iconic characters!
Now in its landmark 14th year, the classic musical Wicked, winner of over 100 major awards, including three Tony Awards for Best Actress, Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design, two Olivier Awards and ten theatregoer-voted What Onstage Awards. In March 2016, Wicked surpassed $1 billion in total Broadway revenue, joining both The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King as the only Broadway shows to do so. In July 2017, Wicked surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as Broadway’s second-highest grossing musical, trailing only The Lion King. On July 12, 2018, with its 6,138th performance, it surpassed A Chorus Line to become Broadway’s sixth-longest running show. Wicked was named the Best Musical of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly magazine and hailed “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety magazine. Wicked is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire re written for Broadway by Winnie Holzman, and is scored by Stephen Schwartz, direction by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.
“The ingenious origin tale—The Wizard of Oz from the witches’ point of view—cast such a spell that it’s no wonder it’s credited with giving flight to the modern “backstory” craze. All of the stories you never knew you wanted to know behind Oz’s smallest details are filled in. Why is the Wicked Witch green? When did the monkeys start flying? Just how long has Glinda been traveling by bubble? (Turns out, for a long time.) It takes a narrative that everyone already knew backwards and forwards and spins them into this Technicolor new, odd, and, occasionally, wicked new world—not much unlike what one tornado does to one pigtailed young girl in the original book and film.”
– Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast.