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‘Wicked’ swoops into Shea’s for third time

When Shea’s Performing Arts Center President Anthony Conte talks to patrons about which shows they would like him to bring to Shea’s, the answer is almost unanimous: “Wicked.” Those patrons will get their wish next Thursday, when a three-week run of the musical opens in the theater, the third visit from the lucrative mega-musical franchise since it first came cackling into Shea’s (646 Main St.) in 2008. (There is one preview performance Wednesday night before next Thursday’s official press opening.)

The show, based upon Gregory Maguire’s whimsical book that elaborated L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” into a moralistic Victorian novel, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Broadway production this year. That’s an achievement it shares with only 10 other shows in Broadway history, including “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Lion King” and “Chicago.”

The show, set to music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is a frequently tongue-in-cheek look into the relationship between Glinda and Elphaba, two young witches with strikingly different personalities and skin tones who later grow into the personifications of good and evil we know from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Tickets to the show, which runs through Jan. 26, are $37.50 to $132.50. Call 847-0850 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski

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