Why did I miss "Wicked" the last time is was at Capitol Theatre and wait until the last possible chance to see it this run? Honestly, the ticket price—at $135.00 a pop for a decent enough seat I had been reluctant. I had no idea of the delightful surprises that awaited me. Now that I have experienced the spectacle, I know it is worth every dime. Next time I will buy the best seat in the house to have a better view (although row P wasn't all that bad).
From the sets, music, choreography, and acting, I was enchanted from the opening scene. I laughed, I cried. In my opinion a true sign of an excellent performance is one that affects emotions. If you missed it, want to learn more (like I did), or just want to be reminded of the grandeur, view 'about the show' videos here.
As one who believes great things create even better things, and more art breeds more art, I am thrilled for the new UPAC (Utah Performing Arts Center), recently approved by the City Council after years of diligent work by Mayor Becker, his staff, Salt Lake County, and a lovely group of supporters. Capitol Theatre is a fundamental institution for our "Ozmopolitan" city and will continue to raise the curtain for outstanding events—and will always be one of my favorite places to be inspired by talent.
What did "Wicked" remind me? That it's okay to be different, people make all the difference, change is inevitable, and that things are never quite as they seem. Salt Lake City is a hub for internationally-acclaimed performing arts and will continue to grow from strong roots. As downtown becomes more infused with the arts, people around the world will recognize our city on the rise as the place in the Intermountain West to experience the magic of the stage.
Broadway Across America/Magic Space Entertainment has an exciting line-up for the 2012-13 season, check it out here.