Review by Aaron Harber, Channel 3 (K3 Colorado KCDO-TV)

In a fabulous production which continues to thrill audiences, “WICKED” has returned to the Buell Theatre with a cast and set which make the musical worth seeing multiple times.  For those who are unaware of the “Wizard of Oz” prequel, “WICKED” offers insight into friendships, love, politics, and other forms of relationships — all packaged with great acting, phenomenal sets, and extraordinary singing.  There may not be a better national touring production to see in Denver for years to come.

The humor alone is worth the price of admission.  And one particular scene and song, “Popular,” performed by the not-always-so-Good Witch Glinda, in her younger years, is the highlight of the entire show.

Alli Mauzey, as “Glinda,” is simply amazing, and Mamie Parris, as “Elphaba” (the Wicked Witch), is equally marvelous.  Their voices, acting, ranges, and mannerisms all are so well-synchronized that each witch — good and bad — constantly leaves the audience spellbound.

What is so incredible is how “WICKED” is so funny yet deftly deploys its humor consistently to make us realize we don’t always know as much as we think.  Best of all, the ending both surprises and pleases those of us not familiar with this particular story.

Tickets still are available with performances ending on May 20th.  Call for tickets (303-893-4100) or go online to www.DenverCenter.org. This definitely is a “must-see show.”

Aaron Harber hosts “The Aaron Harber Show” seen on Channel 3 KCDO-TV (K3 Colorado) on Sundays at 8:00 pm and at http://www.HarberTV.com.  He also hosts “Colorado Now! TM” seen Sundays at 8:30 pm on Channel 3.  It can be viewed 24/7 at http://www.Colorado-Now.com.  Send e-mail to Aaron@HarberTV.com.  (C) Copyright 2012 by USA Talk Network, Inc. and Aaron Harber.  All rights reserved.

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