The one musical to rule them all is once again making its rounds on a national tour, and will make a stop in Utah at the end of January. Wicked is coming to the Eccles Theatre, with a run from January 30 to March 3. OK, fine, technically the “winning” musical is The Lion King, according to Playbill. They might know what they’re talking about. But Wicked was my first Broadway love, so it’s the Queen Bee in my book.
If you aren’t familiar, which I doubt, Wicked takes you behind-the-scenes of Oz. So far behind that we get a look at things before Dorothy drops in. Green-skinned misfit Elphaba meets bubbly, super popular Galinda at boarding school, and their cat-fight rivalry turns into a fast friendship, until the rest of Oz labels one “good” and one “wicked.”
Jackie Burns and Kara Lindsay return to the national tour as unlikely friends Elphaba and Glinda. Jackie Burns, fun fact, is Broadway’s longest-running Elphaba, and performed on the last national tour of the show along with Kara Lindsay. Kara Lindsay is likely best-known for pioneering the role of Katherine in Broadway’s original cast of Newsies. (I saw her in that, she was delightful!) The starring duo is joined with a packed cast of other Broadway alums, some from Wicked as well!
Everyone loves Elphaba, so it’s really no shock that tickets are already going fast. Luckily, the Eccles is jumping on the lottery train: You can enter to win two $25 orchestra seats to any day-of performance! 2 ½ hours before each performance, just head to the Black Box Theater office to get your name on the list. If you’re selected, you have to be there in person, with your ID and $25 cash. Opening night tickets start at $130– we say get yourself down there, because heaven knows what the scalpers will charge you!
Tickets are available at the Eccles Theatre box office, as well as online here.
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