Summer in Salt Lake shapes to be fascinating, mystifying and ‘Wicked’. Yes, the Tony Award winning musical conceptualized and dubbed as the back story of the fictionally infamous Witches of Oz will stun and bedazzle the Capitol Theatre with a five-week run from July 9 to August 24, 2014.
Long before they and Dorothy crossed paths, the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North were simply known as Elphaba and Galinda respectively. They grew up together but their nature, personalities, perspectives and mere appearances made them different and distinct. Their lives, adventures and transformation from friends to witches from the opposing ends of the spectrum are chronicled in this colorful and visually amazing musical that boasts not only of a clever and substantial story that greatly explains why the Witches of Oz are such, but also of captivating characters clad in mesmerizing costumes, vivid and vibrant set designs, and heartwarming and emotional songs and scores from the renowned Stephen Schwartz.
Show times for ‘Wicked’ are at 7:30 PM from Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 6:30 PM on Sundays. Matinee performances are at 2 PM on Saturdays and 1 PM on Sundays, with a special matinee on Thursday, July 10, at 2 PM. The performance running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes with 1 intermission.
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Wicked Salt Lake City Cast
Elphaba – Emma Hunton
Glinda – Chandra Lee Schwartz
Madame Morrible – Kim Zimmer
The Wizard – Tim Kazurinski
Nessarose – Jenny Florkowski
Dr. Dillamond – Tom Flynn
Fiyero – Nick Adams
Boq – Etai Benson
Music & Lyrics – Stephen Schwartz
Book – Winne Holzman
Director – Joe Mantello
Musical Staging – Wayne Cilento
Scenic Designer – Eugene Lee
Costume Designer – Susan Hilferty
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“The character development is genuine, and the themes that Holzman’s script wrestles with are deep and probing—including the origin of evil, the value of myth, bigotry, and more. I have rarely been so interested in the inner psychology of musical theatre characters.” – Russell Warne of Utah Theatre Bloggers Association
“The piece delves into goodness and wickedness, how histories are created and how politicians have direct influence on our lives. If you’ve seen “Wicked” before, you may find yourself struck by different elements.” – Erica Hansen of Deseret News
“The book by Winnie Holzman, from TV’s “My So-Called Life,” “thirtysomething” and “Once and Again,” beautifully understands female angst, while Stephen Schwartz’s score succeeds at being both catchy and richly complicated.” – Ellen Fagg Weist of The Salt Lake Tribune
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Wicked last played Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre from July 18 to August 26, 2012.