AUSTIN -- Flying monkeys are headed back to Austin. The hit Broadway musical "Wicked" takes the stage at Bass Concert Hall this week.
Taken from Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel of the same name, the inspiring spectacle of a musical provides a backstory for the Wicked Witch of the West and her eventual nemesis, Glinda the Good Witch. Fans of the book series and the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" can embrace this prequel with gusto.
"You immediately feel connected to the characters that you know and love and get to watch how they became who they are as we know them. You get to see these characters from a new perspective. And of course, the play is packed with surprises that wow the audience every night," explains Dan Pacheco, who plays the heart-challenged Boq.
"Wicked" honors the classic Oz story while adding layers to the history of its flawed but fascinating characters. Instead of reminding viewers "there's no place like home," this Dorothy-free story invites the audience to look beneath the surface of what they know and hear to find an ultimate truth.
"Everyone has at some point felt like they were an outcast. This show empowers the outcast in all of us. The story of an unlikely friendship that blossoms regardless of appearance or popularity is something I think we all would like to experience. This message is very applicable to today, especially in a world like ours where bullying is so prevalent. You can really see how someone who might be immediately judged, is actually a real person with real feelings," Pacheco explained in an interview with KVUE.
After debuting on Broadway in 2003, the blockbuster show picked up a Grammy, three Tonys, and legions of fans.
Elaborate sets and memorable music, including the show-stopping "Defying Gravity," helped the production break box office records around the world.
As the tagline says, "So much happened before Dorothy dropped in."
"Wicked" runs Jan 25 - Feb 12. Click here for tickets or more information.