Los Angeles Times

After the 1000th performance of Wicked

Erin Mackey and Dee Roscioli wave to the Oriental Theatre audience after the 1000th performance on Nov. 14, 2007. "Oz" author L. Frank Baum came from Chicago, and "Wicked" arguably has tapped into a very Midwestern gestalt involving loyalty, friendship and heart. And although the producers have long vehemently insisted that "Wicked" is not just a show for teenage girls, its youthful core audience has served it well. CHARLES CHERNEY