Brookfield, WI (PRWEB) December 23, 2012
December 23, 2012 - Hawaii is best known for its beaches and warm weather, but for those familiar with the islands, it isn't surprising that the islands are also places where theater flourishes. One of the things Hawaiians long for is national tours of popular Broadway hits to take the time to stop, and this winter, when a certain green witch named Elphaba came to town, theater fans lined up for their first chance to buy Wicked tickets.
The story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, has thrilled audiences for years, but the intricate set is difficult to transport to a remote location like Hawaii. Other national tours, however, have proved that the islands are a fantastic place for theater, with appreciative audiences who warmly receive the best the Great White Way has to offer.
In the case of this national tour, the Hawaiians are getting a peek at two seasoned theatrical performers. Dee Roscioli and Patti Murin, playing Elphaba and Glinda respectively, have both had the chance to be in national tours ahead of this show, with Murin most recently playing Roxie Hart in Chicago while Roscioli has been playing Elphaba onstage for many years. In fact, Roscioli spent a good deal of time on the Broadway stage playing the Wicked Witch of the West.
Critics in Honolulu have praised the seasoned performers for bringing a real understanding of the story to the stage. Despite being incredibly familiar with the show, the performers also bring a freshness to the songs that some reviewers suggest may be better interpretations than the original cast. With such a wealth of talent on the Honolulu stage, this touring cast is being praised for inspiring the young talent of the islands to dream big. The reviews have added to the already high excitement over the show, and advanced tickets were selling at a brisk pace. Sell out signs at the box office are expected to be a regular occurrence from now until the production moves on in early January.