Alison, Ada and I arrived in Chicago last Saturday afternoon and have been having a wonderful time. One opportunity that we overlooked before getting here was that we would maybe have the chance to see Wicked. Neither of us knew much about the musical aside from hearing rave reviews from everybody that had seen it.
Here in Chicago Wicked is performed at the Oriental theater in the downtown loop. It's about a 10 minute walk from Angie and Hyrum's condo (where we are staying). The theater was easily the most ornate theater that either of us had ever been in (even more than the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow). It's one of those theaters that could have it's own tours when there aren't performances going on. It was beautiful.
The show was also fantastic. Every day, 2 hours before the show starts the theater releases 20 tickets (on the first and second rows) by random drawing to the public. You've got to put your name in a hat and be present with cash and ID to claim the tickets. Alison, her sister (Angie) and I all submitted our names hoping to get pulled. As luck would have it, Alison came through for us (pregnant women deserve to be lucky). We paid $25 for each ticket on the first row of the theater and it was amazing. I love being so close to the performers and being able to watch the musicians. The actors were amazing, especially Glinda and Elphaba. Considering these tickets retailed for $125-$165 each, we figure that Alison's luck saved us $200-$280 (not that we would have even paid that much...).
For anyone that hasn't seen the show, consider this another four-star review and top recommendation (and a special thanks to Angie for watching Ada).