by Martin Brady
One of the most successful Broadway musical road shows in Nashville’s history returns to TPAC, and it seems fair to suggest that lightning should strike twice. The 2009 touring production was technically fantastic, with wonderful performers throughout the cast — especially Marcie Dodd, whose Elphaba soared (“Defying Gravity”), and Helene Yorke, whose Glinda was equally good (“Popular”).
Dodd has continued to tour with the show, but Music City gets new principals this time around — Anne Brummel and Tiffany Haas. But with such a strong book by Winnie Holzman, and with Stephen Schwartz’s exciting score, there’s little chance local audiences would ever be disappointed. For the uninitiated, you’ll be getting cued in to what happened in Oz long before Dorothy rode in on the twister from Kansas. This is what great American musical theater is all about — as are the sold-out houses that should be expected.