A “Wicked” Good Time

A “Wicked” Good Time

We are all familiar with the classic tale of Wizard of Oz. You know – Dorothy and Toto, the yellow brick road, flying monkeys and, of course, the good witch and the bad witch. I loved that movie as a kid, although the wicked witch, with her green complexion and mean disposition, did scare me a bit and I would cover my face during the scenes in which she appeared, but after last weekend, I’m not so sure she was as mean and nasty as initially thought.

I had the opportunity to see the Broadway show Wicked at the Benedum Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Santa brought tickets and I was looking forward to going as I’d heard the show was top notch. Friends who’d seen it couldn’t stop raving about it and according to playbill.com, in July 2017, Wicked surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as Broadway's second-highest-grossing show, trailing only The Lion King.

Based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the show, according to the website, looks at what happened in Oz from a different perspective. “There is another young woman born with emerald green skin, smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the most unlikeliest of friendships until the world decides to call one good and the other one wicked,” the site states.

The show included several references to the original 1939 film, but has some twists and turns throughout that kept me guessing. I certainly didn’t expect it to end as it did and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of humor that was interjected. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend taking in this show. And if you want to make a day of it, there are numerous restaurants near Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Six Penn Kitchen is one of my favorites.

There’s discussion amongst my colleagues that we go to The Bodyguard The Musical starring Deborah Cox. It runs Feb. 27 through March 4 also at the Benedum. Sounds like there could be another fun outing in the Steel City on tap. I’m looking forward to it.


We are all familiar with the classic tale of Wizard of Oz. You know – Dorothy and Toto, the yellow brick road, flying monkeys and, of course, the good witch and the bad witch.