Place-des-Arts, Wilfrid-Pelletier room welcomes the musical comedy Wicked, the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz from August 1st to 26.

Wicked, the musical comedy directed by two-time Tony Award recipient Joe Mantello, with musical orchestration by Wayne Cilento, also a Tony Award holder, has won 35 presitgious awards, including a Grammy and three Tonys. The show tells the all-new story of the witches of Oz. Well before the arrival of Dorothy, two girls had met in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, was lively, radiant, and misunderstood, while the other was beautiful, ambitious, and popular. Wicked recounts their remarkable journey and reveals how these unlikely friends became respectively, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the South.

Day-of-performance lottery: A limited number of orchestra seats will be held 2 1/2 hours prior to each performance. People who present themselves at the Place des Arts box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; 30 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, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

Read some lines of Anne Sutherland's review in The Gazette:  The strength of the musical Wicked lies in the two leads, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

For all the sumptuous costumes, fancy sets, dry ice, flying monkeys and production numbers, it all boils down to whether these two dames can belt it out.

Goodness knows, to borrow a line from the production, they certainly can.

To state the obvious, the two leads are wicked good.

If you like a catchy tune, the Wizard of Oz, some comedy and great vocals, then Wicked is the ticket.

Wicked, the touring version that just touched down at Place des Arts for almost the entire month of August, is blessed with the gifted pipes of Jeanna de Waal as the saintly sweet Glinda and the superb Christine Dwyer as the flawed but ultimately redeemed Elphaba, the witch of the title.

There will be heartbreak, some of those scary flying monkeys, a subplot with a Munchkin and some broomstick travel.

The costumes are quite brilliant, particularly the numerous hues of green in the Emerald City tableaus and the candy-coloured gowns sported by the good witch.

A more than passing familiarity with the movie comes in handy if you’re going to catch the numerous incidents of foreshadowing and play on words.