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January 9, 2014

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

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Niagara Gazette — By the time “Wicked” comes to an end, she added, her character’s costume has completely changed, from soft and sweet to an almost military-like look. At this point she says Morrible’s only focus is to get to the top, no matter what.

The musical is based on a 1995 novel called “The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” by author Gregory Maguire. It was written to be a parallel to Frank Baum’s 1900 classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

It tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West got that nickname and it brings to light the journey shared by Glinda and Elphaba that lead them down their separate paths. “Wicked” offers an interpretation of why Oz was in the state it was when Dorothy and Toto got there.

“It’s about friendship,” Fitzgerald said. “At they end when they sing ‘For Good’ it really makes you think about and treasure your own friendships.”

The story is carried forward, according to Fitzgerald, by how well the songs and the story work well together. She added that the characters are so deep and different, and the world of Oz so fascinating, that she never gets sick of hearing the songs.

“Wicked,” is celebrating its 10th anniversary, having opened on Broadway on Oct. 30, 2003. Since its premiere, “Wicked” has become known as one of Broadway’s biggest hits, selling out performances around the world.

The show runs through Jan. 26 and there are plenty of tickets still available. For information on how to get yours, visit www.sheas.org.

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