DC50’s Robin Hamilton takes a Wicked Journey to Oz

Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Over the next couple of weeks, if you take a visit to the Kennedy Center, you won’t just be seeing a musical…you’ll be taken to the Land of Oz, as Wicked comes to the Opera House.

Taking my seat in the theatre, I was transported to another world. Now I understand why this musical has been so beloved for more than a decade.

If you missed the Broadway smash the first time it came to the Kennedy Center, now is the time to catch this Tony-award winning musical that has turned an old classic on its head. The story is well written, clever and timely.

For those who don’t know, Wicked is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, and is a prequel of sorts to the Wizard of Oz.

Before the yellow brick road, ruby slippers, or lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) Oz was home to two women who forged an unlikely friendship.

Wicked Jessica Vosk Kristin Martin

Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Glinda, who is beautiful, bubbly and very popular, meets the smart and spunky Elphaba who stands out because of her green skin. The two are forced to get along when they unexpectedly become roommates in ‘sorcery school’. Reluctantly, they discover they can learn something from each other, and make an impact on others in their own special way.

Incredible lighting, set design and a beautiful score complement the magnificent voices of the cast, especially those of Jessica Vosk (who plays Elphaba) and Amanda Jane Cooper (playing Glinda).

Wicked Jessica Vosk Kristin Martin

Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Wicked tells a timeless and powerful story that can leave us all thinking about how our actions have consequences, and that if we can better understand each other, then perhaps we can try to make the world a better place.

Wicked plays at the Kennedy Center now through January 8th at the Opera House. For more in information, you can go to Kennedy-Center.org.