The Wizard of Oz is one the most popular stories ever. Yet despite the enchanting story that it tells, there remains an untold backstory. Wicked is that story. And it’s playing through Sunday, December 1st at the Old National Centre in downtown Indianapolis.
Based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the story of life in Oz long before Dorothy arrived. It is a prequel to the original Wizzard of Oz insofar as it explains such things as how the scarecrow became a scarecrow, why monkeys fly, and more importantly, how two girls meet and become unlikely friends.
One, the smart and feisty, albeit somewhat misjudged Elphaba , was born with emerald green skin. She meets the ever-jubilant Glinda who is very popular, not to mention beautiful and ambitious. Somewhere along the way, they become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
The production features visually stunning stage sets, unforgettable costumes, and an amazing score written by triple-Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. There are several gravity-defying moments, a few darker scenes, and even some loud, scary noises that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This is probably as close to a nearly universally acclaimed production as it gets, both by critics and regular theatre-goers who’ve seen it.
If you’re a fan of the original Wizard of Oz, and always wanted to know what happened before Dorothy, then this is a must-see.
- Playing now through December 1st
- Location: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre 502 N. New Jersey St Indianapolis, IN 46204