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Wicked - Second National Tour Review - July 1, 2009


I saw Wicked for the second time on July 1st. It was kind of spontaneous. My family was in Memphis, TN for a basketball tournament, and the show just happened to be in town. I was a little disappointed when I read online that it was the second national tour cast because I wanted to see Richard Blake as Fiyero. I quickly got over that disappointment; however, I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to get tickets. We called a few days ahead of time, and they barely had any seats left for the following week. The only ones they had were limited view, which I quickly took. I had row F in the orchestra (all the way over to the left of the theater). Stage right in its entirety was completely blocked from my vision, but luckily, nothing major happens there anyway. I was thrilled that I could see the show so close though. I could even see Marcie Dodd spitting during “The Wizard and I,” and I saw the stagehands working backstage in the wings. I saw one man put Chistery (the monkey) up on his harness, and I saw Colin Donnell get up on the ladder for his entrance toward the end of act two, when Fiyero swings in. It was awesome to see that stuff. Oh! I also got to see actors waiting in the wings for their cue, and I got to see them break character as soon as they went off stage.

Anyway, now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk about the show. There were absolutely no understudies this night. I was happy about that, although the only one I knew was Marcie. Anyway, she was great as Elphaba; however, I don’t think her voice is as good as most of the others. She is still incredible though. She gave me chills during “Defying Gravity.” Helene Yorke was G(a)linda. She was hilarious in my opinion, although I don’t have many Glinda’s to compare her to. Colin Donnell was terrific as Fiyero. He has a nice voice, and his acting skills are impressive. I LOVED Kristine Reese as Nessarose even though her voice didn’t seem all that strong during “Wicked Witch of the East.” Ted Ely was great as Boq – very goofy. David De Vries impressed me as Dr. Dillamond. I enjoyed his facial expressions while he ate the paper. It looked like he was thinking: “Now this is what I’ve been craving all day.” Marilyn Caskey was good as Madame Morrible, especially in the second act in my opinion. I was totally surprised to see Tom McGowan playing the Wizard. When he showed up on stage, I was like: “He looks very familiar.” Then, on my way back to my hotel, I noticed that he was in Heavyweights. He was great. I never knew he could sing.

The entire show was great.
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