Dee Roscioli is Elphaba in the Broadway road show of "Wicked," in Tucson through April 7.



This is why you want to see “Wicked”:

• The musical, which Broadway in Tucson rolled out this week for an extended run, is a spectacular light show.

• It’s a stunning costume and wig parade.

• It’s got an ace cast with pristine acting and singing chops.

• It’s got flying monkeys and a talking goat, for goodness sake.

This is why you may want to skip it:

• It lacks  a script that stretches beyond ok, and songs that, with a few exceptions, aren’t terribly memorable.

Yet it is wildly popular.

Kids — often with parents in tow — see it again and again. Heck, even some adults do.

See the full review, plus comments from kids who were catching the musical for the first time, in Sunday's Star.


• What: The national tour of “Wicked.”

• Director: Joe Mantello.

• Presented by: Broadway in Tucson

• When: 1 and 6:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday;  8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. next Sunday, continues through April 7.

• Where: Tucson Music Hall at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

• Cost: $45-$165.  A lottery for $25 orchestra seats happens two hours before every show. You can throw your name into a hat beginning 2ƒ hours before curtain. Cash only.

• Reservations, information: 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the TCC box office, where you can avoid the hefty Ticketmaster service charge.

• Running time: About 2 hours and 50 minutes, with one  intermission.