Broadway magic transforms the Landmark Theater into Oz and theatergoers into munchkins. All roads, especially yellow-brick, lead to Wicked.
This stop of the theatrical adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel impresses at every turn with over-the-top special effects, music, and lighting. Showy set design as grand as Broadway proves you can get the New York experience in little ‘ole Richmond.
From Glinda’s bubble-filled entrance in “No One Mourns the Wicked” to the defining duet “Popular,” Wicked provides a welcomed sensory overload that is refreshing to see in a touring production.
Marcie Dodd gives a standout performance as Elphaba, the socially awkward and outcast “Wicked” Witch. Tinted green, Dodd continues her Broadway role in the touring production. Her show-stopping performance in the signature “Defying Gravity” lifts her above the audience with a dramatic display of light, magic, and song.
Natalie Daradich also gives the bubbly good witch heart. Known as “Galinda” before Glinda, she asks early on, “Are people born wicked?” The theme resonates throughout the show and audiences will relate to the misunderstood Elphaba’s trials and tribulations.
It’s surely not easy being green, but Wicked manages to deliver a must-see and is sure to turn the Landmark into a gay Mecca through it’s run.
Wicked runs through March 28 at the Landmark Theater. For tickets and showtimes, visit Tickemaster.com/wicked.