Theater best bet: 'Wicked' revisits the Hippodrome

Some of us gratefully accept "The Wizard of Oz" without a second thought -- flying monkeys, ruby slippers and Toto, too. But novelist Gregory Maguire found himself asking some tough questions about those good and bad witches who interacted with a dear little Kansan, and exactly why said witches ended up being labeled good and bad.<br>
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Maguire devised a rich back story about pre-Dorothy Oz in his novel "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTPM000000016" title="Wicked (musical)" href="/topic/entertainment/theater/musical-theater/wicked-%28musical%29-ENTPM000000016.topic">Wicked</a>," which inspired a hit musical that opened on Broadway in 2003 with songs by Stephen ("Godspell") Schwartz and book by Winnie (<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV0000627" title="My So-Called Life (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/my-so-called-life-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV0000627.topic">"My So-Called Life"</a>) Holzman. The touring production of this clever, witty, even wise show returns to Baltimore to shine a bright green light on the fall season, four years after its box office record-breaking first visit.<br>
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<a href="http://findlocal.baltimoresun.com/listings/wicked-baltimore">"Wicked" opens Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 4 at the Hippodrome Theatre</a>, 12 N. Eutaw St. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.
<BR>-- Tim Smith
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( Joan Marcus Photo / June 20, 2012 )

Some of us gratefully accept "The Wizard of Oz" without a second thought -- flying monkeys, ruby slippers and Toto, too. But novelist Gregory Maguire found himself asking some tough questions about those good and bad witches who interacted with a dear little Kansan, and exactly why said witches ended up being labeled good and bad.

Maguire devised a rich back story about pre-Dorothy Oz in his novel "Wicked," which inspired a hit musical that opened on Broadway in 2003 with songs by Stephen ("Godspell") Schwartz and book by Winnie ("My So-Called Life") Holzman. The touring production of this clever, witty, even wise show returns to Baltimore to shine a bright green light on the fall season, four years after its box office record-breaking first visit.

"Wicked" opens Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 4 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.
-- Tim Smith

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