Since Zoe Monster was two years-old, I knew I wanted to take her to see Wicked. You see, the show has a special spot in my memory because the first time we really knew Zoe was talking as a baby was when we heard her quietly singing Defying Gravity to herself in the car. The kid loved the show practically in utero as seen in this video evidence.
Lucky for me (and you) Wicked is playing a limited engagement at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Wicked begins performances Wednesday, September 21 and runs through Saturday, October 8, 2016. If you aren’t familiar, the show tells the story before the events of the Famous Wizard of Oz. The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made the show one of the world’s most popular musicals.
I caught the show this Thursday and it was unbelievable. Don’t let PPAC being local deter you, because the show was every bit as grandiose as seeing it on Broadway. Elphaba, played by Jessica Vosk and Glinda, played by Amanda Jane Cooper brought the house down. The friendship these two talented actresses were able to convey was inspiring. Cooper was especially a breath of fresh air to the production; it is hard to not compare every Glinda to Kristen Chenoweth, but Cooper was amazing. She brought some serious comedy chops to the role and had the audience in stitches, especially during Popular. Clearly, the most spectacular number of the night was the showstopper Defying Gravity. Having never seen the song performed live, I was in awe: actual goosebumps! I have to applaud the ensemble cast and orchestra as well because they really are the heart and soul of the production. Big musical numbers like No One Mourns the Wicked were wonderful due to their joint efforts. The set was also impressive and Zoe literally gasped when they first showed the emerald city; it was a true spectacle.
The best part of the show was sharing it with Zoe though. Exposing your children to the arts is one of the best things you can do, especially in this day and age where arts and music programs are being slashed in public schools. The twinkle in Zoe’s eye throughout the show is a memory I will never forget. Seeing a show at PPAC allows you all the dazzle of Broadway without the stressful hustle and bustle that driving in to see a New York show entails. The theater offers tons of family friendly shows (Lion King is coming soon) and is the perfect way to cultivate your own theater lover.
|Mommy daughter dates are the best.|
|In case you’re wondering: she is “Team Glinda”|
|She HAD to get this shirt|
If you are on a budget but are dying to see Wicked, I have great news. PPAC is offering a lottery for the show. A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held and
two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence) will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the Box Office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. This is an unbelievable way to see the show without breaking the bank. You can also purchase tickets at the link below.