HOUSTON, TX - Pssst... have you heard? The secret's out. "Wicked" the musical is back in town at the Hobby Center.
"We've done very well in Houston or we wouldn't be here five times," says the company manager Steve Quinn. "Houston clearly has a love affair with this show because we're always here for five or six weeks, and we're always doing very good business."
The show based on the witches from "The Wizard of Oz" is definitely "Popular." But what makes it so? "We've all kind of been the green girl, as it were, right?" Quinn laughs. "We wanna be the popular one, but we're not always that way."
Production stage manager David O'Brien worked on Broadway for 25 years, but he has called this touring show home for the last four. "I will try to at least watch the show three to four times a week," he says, "I keep learning from the show, and it's because the actors who come into it bring new things to it."
Now, tickets aren't cheap, from $40 to $190. But don't despair. There's a $25 dollar per seat raffle for every performance. Two 1/2 hours before each show, ushers collect names at the lobby of the Hobby Center. Then they draw 20 or so from a pot, and if yours is chosen, you can buy a pair of seats in the Orchestra section for $25 each ($50 total).
The show runs thru August 14th, and we know we're supposed to be impartial, but seriously, it's freakin' awesome!
Try and catch it before it flies away.