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Wicked Turns Orlando Emerald

Kimberly Welsh, Entertainment/Editor

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On Jan. 17, a long line of fans circled around the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with their fingers crossed hoping they would be one of the 11 names called to win discounted tickets to the longest running Broadway show, “Wicked.” As I heard my name called, I excitedly pushed my way through the crowd to be handed my 25 dollar tickets (originally being around 100 dollars each) to the untold story of the witches of Oz.

The entire building was lit up in emerald lights so all of Orlando was aware that “Wicked” was in town for the next three weeks. When the double doors opened to take our seats, I was astonished to see that the tickets I had won were Orchestra seats which are the seats closest to the stage. Every actress and actor in the play was extremely well-casted. Jessica Vosk, who played Elphaba originally played by Idina Menzel, belted out the final note in the show’s popular song “Defying Gravity” while being lifted into the air by hidden cables. The lighting and effects made it look like Vosk was actually floating in the air.

The entire play had many humorous side references to the original story of “The Wizard of Oz” which made the Oz Fans in the audience laugh. Overall, “Wicked” met all of my expectations and to make it even better, the play hosted “Wicked After Dark” auctions to raise money for a foundation called Broadway Cares which funds for AIDS research and grant-making organizations.

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