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January 9, 2014

'Wicked' casts a new spell on Shea's with month-long engagement

Niagara Gazette — Long before Dorothy and Toto landed in Oz, there were two friends who eventually become known as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Back by popular demand, Shea’s is again hosting the popular musical that details the story of their friendship, “Wicked,” with music and lyrics written by Stephen Schwartz, throughout the month of January.

“This is the most requested show among our patrons,” said Shea’s Performing Arts Center President Anthony Conte, “and we are thrilled to be able to present such a wonderful production that attracts such a wide audience.’

The performance draws from the classic “Wizard of Oz” story everyone knows and loves, but adds a few new twists and themes.

“ ‘Wicked’ is really about friendship and good and evil,” said Kathy Fizgerald, who will be playing Madame Morrible in the show. “They portray Elphaba, (the main character), as evil and its about these girls and seeing that what you think is evil isn’t necessarily evil.”

Fitzgerald, who got her start performing a one-woman show in Arizona, has been on the Broadway scene for the past 30 years. She has been portraying the character of Madame Morrible in “Wicked” since the summer of 2010.

Her character is one that sees some changes throughout the play, Fitzgerald says that those changes can be documented throughout by dramatic changes in her character’s make-up and costumes. This, she says, plays into the musical’s theme of the illusion of evil.

“(Madame Morrible) starts off as sort of a sweet schoolmarm type, it takes a while to learn that she’s evil,” Fitzgerald explained. “As the play progresses she’s awful and horrible and power hungry. I think she also realizes she’s the meanest one out there making it hard on the girls.”

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