Disclosure: I was invited to see Wicked the musical | Photo from DrPhillipsCenter.org
If you like The Wizard of Oz, a great musical or have never seen Wicked the musical then it’s time to go see Wicked the musical. That’s everyone, right? The Dr. Phillips Center in Downtown Orlando has had an incredible season so far. First, An American in Paris swept me away. Now I’ve been reunited with my old friend Wicked. When I said on Instagram that I was going to see Wicked all of the comments let me know that I was not alone in my strong feelings for the show.
Wicked Tour Review
All of my feelings about touring shows having less impressive sets than shows on Broadway are gone. Completely gone. When the glittering Emerald City shined at the audience of the Dr. Phillips Center, I knew I was about to see something serious. I was so right. In 2003 I saw this show on Broadway with the actresses that made the lead roles what they are. I always wondered if I saw Wicked again, would I love the show as much without Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel? To my surprise: yes. Jessica Vosk brings such magic to the role of Elphaba. Long before Elsa and “Let it Go”, Idina Menzel brought copious amounts of girl power to audiences with another challenging song to sing. “Defying Gravity” is a mountain in the landscape of musical theater music. Vosk does it right. I even felt that Jessica Vosk and Amanda Jane Cooper, who plays Glinda, not only served the roles with justice but channeled the originals in the best ways. The music, story, costumes and dancing sparkle like an emerald city. The very things that made Wicked such a hit over 10 years ago are all present here on this tour. Wicked in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center was everything I wanted it to be and more.
Wicked is in Orlando through January 29th. Tickets available at DrPhillipsCenter.org.