The Buzz: Musical 'Wicked' hits Philadelphia

July 12, 2013 2:58:02 PM PDT
Six days a week, Alison Luff portrays Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. If you think it ain't easy being green, you're wrong! It actually is.

She spends about 25 minutes with makeup artist Christina Tracey. In under 30 minutes, she uses store-bought green foundation to create her signature "landscape" shade. MAC makes it. Anybody could be green.

While you may think of the wicked witch as, well, wicked, Luff told Action News: "A lot of people have the wrong idea about her."

Alison says this untold story of the witches of Oz is one of friendship, a love triangle, and a reminder never to judge a book by its cover.

"I think Glinda is misunderstood too. I think they both are, and that's why this story is so special.

It takes 3 layers to achieve Elphaba's perfect hue.

"A lot of people are like, 'Do you feel weird, in that green makeup?' But she makes me feel so beautiful."

In addition to the green foundation, there's green concealer, setting powder, olive green lip liner, black nail polish and black and purple blush! On goes the wig and then the finishing touch: The hands to match!

Elphaba is officially off to see the wizard!

Tickets starting at $40 can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333, online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Sts. (open daily 10 am to 6 pm) or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad & Locust Sts. (open during performances only).

Performances include: Tuesday ? Thursday evening at 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday evening at 8:00 pm
Sunday evening at 6:30 pm
Matinees Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm.

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of parquet (orchestra) seats is held for every performance of WICKED, now playing the Academy of Music with performances through August 4. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Academy of Music box office will have their names placed in a witches cauldron; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.


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