Wicked Cool

Wicked opens tonight at the Buell Theatre, making Denver the first market to host the award-winning musical for a fourth time. It's a distinction that makes Randy Weeks, president of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, proud. "The team diligently works to maintain the quality of Wicked.... Hopefully, I'll be around for the tenth return."

Wicked, which was first produced in 2003, has held audiences spellbound thanks to its clever and powerful reinterpretation of the beloved modern American folktale The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch is Elphaba, a smart, scrupulous, green-skinned teenager, and a lifelong victim of prejudice; her monstrous monkeys-with-wings are a well-intentioned spell gone wrong; Glinda the Good is ambitious and aloof; and the friendly denizens of Oz, known best for the chirpy songs immortalized in the 1939 film, are transformed into an angry, violent lynch mob. Based largely on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has balanced the whimsy and magic of L. Frank Baum's masterpiece with humor, empathy and societal indictment.

See Wicked at 7:30 p.m. at the Buell, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; shows continue through May 20. Tickets start at $35, and can be purchased by visiting www.denvercenter.org or by calling 303-893-4100.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., April 12, 2 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through May 20, 2012


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