Wicked in theatres near you.

Long story short, Wicked is the prequel to The Wizard Of Oz.

The story is written as a prelude to L. Frank Baum’s classic book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. It is more heavily influenced by the book than the iconic 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, which differs from the book in a number of ways. Set in the days prior to Dorothy’s arrival from Kansas, Wicked explores the idea that the infamous antagonist we call the Wicked Witch of the West was a misconstrued, victimized person. Her alleged wickedness was merely retaliation against a charlatan wizard’s corrupt government.

At Shiz University, the intelligent green-skinned teenager, Elphaba Thropp, meets beautiful and ambitious Galinda Upland (who changes her name to Glinda during the course of the musical and later becomes Glinda the Good) when the two become roommates. Their lives intertwine, and throughout the show their friendship struggles to endure extreme personality differences, opposing viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, and of course Elphaba’s eventual tragic fall from grace.

Wicked will be in Houston until April 15th, and then from April 16th to May 6th will be in Dallas. If you live in Coloroda, Wicked will be in Denver from May 10th until June 3rd, and then they finish up in Gershwin Theatre in New York City from August 2nd to August 11th.