Dazzling audiences again

Not many people know that I’m actually a huge theatre kid. I’ve grown up performing in plays as well as watching professionals all around the country.  Luckily, one of my ultimate favorite musicals is coming back to Denver again to dazzle audiences at the Buell Theatre from June 3 to July 5.

“Wicked” the musical is based off of the book by Winnie Holzman

"Wicked" was performed at the Victoria Apollo Theatre throughout the year of 2014.

“Wicked” was performed at the Apollo Victoria Theatre throughout the year of 2014.

and the music score was written by Stephen Schwartz.

“Wicked is the story of how two girls – one born with emerald green skin – become friends in the land of Oz (long before that girl from Kansas arrives),” according to denvercenter.org.

I have seen this musical three times at the Buell Theatre and once in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Each time, I left blown away. From the moment people walk into the theatre, they see incredible stage props and glittering curtains, which excite the audience even more for what’s to come. When the curtains rise, the cast members perform amazing dances and sing to unbelievably written songs that are bound to get stuck in people’s heads.  The costumes and makeup are a step above excellent and really make audience members believe that they’re a part of the story.

Many people believe that this show is a version of “The Wizard of Oz” which is completely wrong. Although there are some of the same characters in “Wicked” as there are in “The Wizard of Oz,” this musical doesn’t tell of Dorothy and her dog. This show is a prequel of the well-known movie that appeared on screens in 1939.  It relays a different side of what has been thought about the Wicked Witch of the West and of her “enemy” Glinda. I highly recommend “Wicked” to people of every age.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting other musicals as well. “The Book of Mormon” will be performed from August 11 to September 13 at the Ellie and “Matilda the Musical” will be performed at the Buell Theatre from September 9 to September 20.  For more information on tickets, times and locations, go to www.denvercenter.org/shows.

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