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Wicked Is Semi-Wonderful But Lacks Brains, Heart and Courage

The megahit continues to pack in audiences despite a wandering plot line.

Hayley Podschun and Jennifer DiNola star in this production of Wicked at the Hobby Center.
Joan Marcus
Hayley Podschun and Jennifer DiNola star in this production of Wicked at the Hobby Center.

Judy Garland and her indelible friends on the yellow brick road cast a mighty spell. Looking over their shoulder, Wicked's writers attempt to bring the backstory to life but trip over themselves and muddy up our nostalgia. They've created a monster, a huge cash cow, but one without much courage, heart or brains.

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