BWW Review: WICKED at The Majestic Theatre of San Antonio is Wicked Good

BWW Review: WICKED at The Majestic Theatre of San Antonio is Wicked Good

It doesn't take magic to discover why WICKED is still melting the hearts of millions all over the world 15 years after its first performance on Broadway. Based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, with music by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Winnie Holzman, this masterpiece is wicked good. From the dazzling special effects to the bewitching songs, WICKED has rightfully earned its place as the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history. In WICKED it is the witches of Oz who take center stage to tell their story of how all came to be long before young Dorothy ever ventured Over the Rainbow. The National Tour of WICKED flies into the Majestic Theatre of San Antonio promising a magical performance that will leave you spellbound.

From the very beginning, the set and story take you into a world where magic is real, knowledge is dangerous and everything might not be as it seems. The show is as funny and wholesome as it is powerful. The messages that lie within the fictional tale are what the audience will remember long after the final curtain.

Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West may be the most unlikely of friends but their relationship has changed them both "For Good." The chemistry between the two leading ladies was spectacular. Their roles were very demanding but they proved that they were more than up to the challenge. It was a special treat each time they harmonized and their moments together were emotional reminders of the potential we all have to impact each other in a positive way.

Joe Mantello directed this wonderful piece of art with remarkable precision. The lighting was superb, underscoring the shifting tones and illuminating the bright, bold and perpetually green, Emerald City.

As the bubbly and ever-popular Glinda, Ginna Claire Mason was flawless. Every movement and acting choice she made had a clear, distinct purpose. Her comedic timing was impeccable and she truly made the role her own. Her hilarious rendition of "Popular" was especially enjoyable and was one the audience would not soon forget. Mary Kate Morrissey took on the mammoth role of Elphaba with stunning ability. Her voice was nothing short of incredible. Morrissey breathed life into her character in unique ways. She gave the green-skinned witch feelings, a thirst for knowledge and a passionate heart. Morrissey truly did "Defy Gravity" when she belted the beloved tune high in the air during the Act One's jaw-dropping finale.

Jon Robert Hall's portrayal as the dashing Fiyero was spot-on. He had the perfect amount of bravery and charisma to pull off such a complex character. As Boq, Cole Doman shined. The entire cast never missed a beat and was strong throughout.

Whether you are new to Oz or are a frequent visitor, WICKED is the show for you. What are you waiting for? WICKED is playing at the Majestic Theatre of San Antonio until October 14th, 2018. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Theater's box office.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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