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Prepare to be enchanted by "Wicked" Witches of Oz

Now through November 5th, "Wicked" tells the untold true story of the Witches of Oz at Broadway Grand Rapids.

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A Wicked Lottery

Before every performance, a limited number of Orchestra seats are available for $25. Visit the DeVos Performance Hall Box Office 2 1/2 hours before the show to enter. Winners must have a valid ID and be present to win. For more information or to buy tickets, visit Broadway Grand Rapids.

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Before Dorothy ever landed in Oz, the witches had lives of their own. Offering an innovative perspective, "Wicked" will forever change how you think of the classic tale. Who you thought was the villain will become the character you will instantly sympathize with and root for throughout the entire musical.

When you are born with emerald-green skin, it is easy to be misunderstood. Elphaba (Mary Kate Morrissey) is a passionate and intelligent student attending Shiz University with her younger sister, Nessarose (Catherine Charlebois). After being reassigned rooms, Elphaba and the perky, popular Galinda (Ginna Claire Mason) become roommates, much to their despise.

However, after Elphaba convinces the headmistress, Madame Morrible (Isabel Keating), to teach Galinda sorcery alongside Elphaba, Galinda befriends Elphaba by helping her become popular like herself (“Popular”). The next day at school though, Elphaba learns that Dr. Dillamond is no longer permitted to teach because animals are not allowed to be professors anymore. The students are then shown new advancements in cages that will keep animals under control. Outraged, Elphaba and the prince Fiyero, whom she has developed feelings for, steal the caged lion cub to set it free.

Once Madame Morrible informs Elphaba that the Wizard of Oz (Tom McGowan) asked to meet her, Elphaba and Galinda, who changes her name to Glinda to impress Fiyero, depart to Emerald City (“One Short Day”). However, Elphaba quickly discovers that the Wizard is not who she thought he was and escapes on a flying broom, vowing to defeat the Wizard and do what is right (“Defying Gravity”).

With an impressive set design and colorful costumes, the Devos Performance Hall is transformed into an entirely different world. Audiences will be entertained nonstop with compelling characters, interesting storylines, and heartwarming performances.

Morrissey and Mason are a supreme team as they both belt out fantastic performances in “For Good,” the duet in which they reinforce their friendship. Mason excels as the conceited yet humourous Glinda who learns how to truly do good, and Morrissey gives a sensational portrayal of the misconceived hero.

Not only does this musical provide backstories to the classic characters in "The Wizard of Oz," but it also highlights several universal themes, such as acceptance and discrimination in society and the perception of good and evil.

With clever surprises throughout this wickedly good production, audiences will remain enchanted from the second Glinda floats down to the stage in her magical bubble to the moment the curtain descends.

Performances run now through November 5th and tickets can be found online at Broadway Grand Rapids.

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