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‘Wicked’ a must see show

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By Jan Montoya
jan@lamonitor.com

I’ve seen a lot of performances over the years but I have to admit that “Wicked – the Untold story of the Witches of Oz” is definitely in my top five favorites. 

The Wicked Witch of the West is dead! Down floats Galinda from the top of the stage gliding back and forth effortlessly in what would appear to be like the bubble in the original Wizard of Oz. 

The characters – Galinda, who later changed her name to Glinda, Elphaba, the Witch, Monkeys, Denizens of the Emerald City, Palace Guards and other citizens of Oz, along with amazing scenery transforming the stage from a forest complete with flying monkeys, a boarding school and even Emerald City along with many others – even at times making it appear to be raining. 

Galinda, the good witch, and Elphaba, who becomes known as the Wicked Witch, were forced to share a room together while at boarding school – Galinda is blonde, rich and popular, while Elphaba is green and known as quite the “outcast.”

Galinda, played by Kristin Chenoweth, makes it her purpose to transform Elphaba, played by Idena Menzel, into a beautiful person and over time they became the best of friends. 

Elphaba is the only one that is able to read the spell book which gives her the chance to help the animals to be seen as well as heard. She even cast a spell to help her younger sister to be able to walk again (you’ll have to see this yourself to know the whole story).

These two ladies had voices that were truly superb and the entire cast was magical – almost making you feel like you were really there.

“Wicked – The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz” is a Broadway production and is on a national tour, making a stop in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico. The show tells the story behind the two iconic witches of the “Wizard of Oz.”

“Wicked – The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz,” is playing at 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The performances are at Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, UNM Center for the Arts, 1 University of New Mexico. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit popejoypresents.com/2017-2018-season/wicked.

During the Johnson Center renovation, UNM will close the entrance at Stanford Drive before Popejoy performances. Cars may enter at Princeton or Yale, but those entering at Yale will not be permitted to turn left into the parking structure. The best entrance for those using the Cornell Parking Structure will be the new campus entrance at Princeton Drive.

Attendants will no longer accept payment at the entrance to the structure. Once you’ve parked, note your parking stall number. Go to a pay station. There are two on every level. Enter your stall number and your payment. To pay in cash, go to the third level where there are two cash machines. However, those machines do not dispense change. Be sure to bring exact change for your $7 parking fee.