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Wicked at the Detroit Opera House

The Tony award-winning untold story of the witches of Oz returns to the stage in southeast Michigan – in musical form! – Dec. 7-31, 2011

During the first big wardrobe change of Broadway hit Wicked – playing Detroit Dec. 7-31, 2011 – 17 actors have a minute and a half to switch costumes, wigs and shoes – completely transforming their looks to keep the show running smoothly. That's a typical day for performers in this award-winning show, and they're bringing their talent to town yet again!

With 200 pounds of dry ice, myriad sounds and animations and 175,000 pounds of scenery, Wicked is returning to the Detroit Opera House for a third time. Based on Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, written by Gregory Maguire, the stage adaptation features songs by Stephen Schwartz.

Before the girl with the ruby slippers blew into Oz, two young witches met and started an unlikely friendship. Prior to becoming the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba was the awkward but intelligent girl with emerald green skin and long black hair. And Glinda the Good Witch was Galinda, one of the prettiest and most popular girls.

But that friendship ends when they both fall in love with the same man. A few dastardly characters, such as the titular Wizard and Madame Morrible, the woman responsible for the cyclone that brought Dorothy to Oz, don't help mend the rift between these unlikely friends. Want to know what happens next? See it live. The show, which runs 2 1/2 hours, depicts the series of events that led the women to opposing sides – and, ultimately, to the demise of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Performance times vary, with matinees and evening shows, but there is no show on Christmas Day. Ticket prices range from $39 to $169, and while they've been selling fast, you still have the chance to get your hands on some.

The Detroit Opera House urges people to take caution when purchasing tickets – since there've been people selling fake tickets online. If you're thinking about purchasing tickets, go to Ticketmaster.com or the Detroit Opera House's box office.

Also, there will be a day-of-performance lottery for some orchestra tickets during each performance. Two and a half hours before the show starts, patrons can go to the box office to submit their name for a chance to win the opportunity to purchase $25 seats.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on Wicked at the Detroit Opera House in December 2011.

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