Julia Stanski, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu
If MAC’s Dramafest has reignited your love of theatre and you’re searching for some new shows, look no further. We’ll be publishing a list of some great musicals for theatre enthusiasts, drama novices, and bored readers alike. Check out these shows and scores—you could find a new favourite!
The hugely popular musical Wicked by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman tells the origin story of the Wicked Witch of the West and explores her friendship with Glinda the Good Witch, along with who she really was. It’s funny, dramatic, and theatrical, but it also brings in issues of political corruption, discrimination, and persecution. Musical highlights are the show-stopping Act 1 finale “Defying Gravity” (which bears a striking resemblance to “Let it Go”), the cute and fun number “Popular” and the heartbreaking final duet “For Good”. This 2003 show won three Tony Awards and spotlighted the major talents of Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (yes, she was famous before Frozen). After seeing this show, you will never look at The Wizard of Oz the same way ever again.