“Wicked” is the story of “The Wizard of Oz” through the eyes of Elphaba, the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. John Davidson, 73, a former game show host, singer and actor plays the wizard. Davidson was most famous as the co-host of the 80s TV show, ” That’s Incredible.” The show featured scientific and medical breakthroughs, along with people performing stunts. Davidson told the El Paso Times playing the Wizard has been one of his favorite roles so far.
“I love playing the Wizard because he’s the con man…he’s fooling people, he has no real powers, I love that con man thing, he told the El Paso Times.”
The 16 shows begin Wednesday at the Plaza Theatre downtown. The final show concludes on May 31. The El Paso Times reported tickets are selling quick. Tickets run between $60-80. A special lottery for $25 tickets will be held two and a half hours before every show.
“Wicked” was last in El Paso in 2012. The El Paso Times reported 30,000 tickets were sold the last time the show was in town.
“Wicked” has won three Tony Awards and one Grammy Award. The musical is based on the 1995 novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire. Maguire has a series of four books. A separate “Wicked” book was also written by Winnie Holzman. Both books are an alternative to L. Frank Baum’s classic, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” “Wicked” has been performed since 2003 in various U.S. and international cities. Tryouts began in San Francisco and the first show was featured on Broadway.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on some tickets very soon! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend in 2012 so this may hopefully be my year! I always love attending shows at the Plaza Theatre. The theatre was beautifully restored some years back. The theatre is so beautiful, no food or drinks are allowed. The ceiling is painted like the dark sky full of shiny bright stars. The Plaza Theatre is well-known for hosting an annual film festival, along with plays and concerts. My grandparents grew up watching movies at the Plaza for a penny back in the 40s. Oh, how I love their childhood stories. That’s for sure another blog post.