McMurray theater fans readying for ‘Wicked’ show

December 20, 2013 by  

‘Wizard of Oz’ fans in McMurray can kick off the New Year by attending the widely acclaimed musical ‘Wicked’ presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Entertainment Weekly referred to it as ‘the Best Musical of the Decade’, and the world-wide phenomenon has amassed more than 50 awards including three Tony Awards and a Grammy.

From the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Time of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire, composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz explores the development of Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the girl who became the Wicked Witch of the West. The theme grapples with the conundrum of what is really wicked and what are the results of a series of intended or unintentional outcomes of life situations. The album, with songs such as Defying Gravity, The Wizard and I, and As Long as You’re Mine, garnered a Grammy in 2005. Printing companies have been producing iconic posters with the infamous green skinned witch for several years.

For 10 years the musical was a hit on Broadway and now for the second time it is being shown at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. The last showing in 2011 sold out quickly and shattered box office records. Performances this year will be held January 15 through February 9. The Center is located at 237 7th St. Pittsburgh on 7th Street between Penn Ave and Liberty. Tickets are expected to go quickly. This event is not recommended for children under eight and the center will not admit children under four.