I LOVED IT! For those who have tickets, you're in for a real treat. For those who don't but would like to catch it before it leaves (Oct. 7th), call The SMITH CENTER and check availability 1.702.749.2000 however... the hourglass has been turned over and the sand is running out...you don't have much time left 'my pretty', only 3 more weeks before WICKED moves on. So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. I knew very little about WICKED. I surfed their website www.wickedthemusical.com I Googled and YouTubed but nothing prepared me for what to expect in re to the story line. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in college in the land of Oz. One born with emerald green skin-is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. To fully 'get it'...it's very important to pay close attention to both the spoken word and the lyrics in the songs. Together, you'll learn how these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. You'll also learn about infidelity, seeing beyond the surface, animal and human rights, why 'Elphaba' (the Wicked Witch) and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz don't share the same feelings for fathers day, and how the Tin Man and Scarecrow became...the Tin Man and Scarecrow. WICKED is funny and touching...the costumes are marvelous, the stage sets and special effects are impressive...and the music and songs along with a full live orchestra are just great! If I may suggest a very important tip...HEADPHONES. The SMITH CENTER has a most excellent, state of the art sound system however... most of the touring Shows like WICKED, carry their own sound systems and prefer to use them. It can be hard to hear for some folks as I noticed during my visits to 'The Color Purple' and 'MEMPHIS'. You don't have to have a hearing problem...it's just that the sound can be a bit muddy or maybe not as loud as you'd prefer to be able to pick up every word said (or sung) on stage. The SMITH CENTER offers FREE headsets to anyone who wants one...they're very cool! They're linked directly into the mics of the performers and orchestra. You hear everything crisp and clear, they're lite weight, you have your own volume control and they're just wonderful. (wish I'd known about 'em the last 4 Shows I've seen there...) I kept taking mine off to compare but for me...they were best kept on. Don't get me wrong, you'll hear everything...you'll just hear better/clearer with the headsets. If you miss WICKED in Vegas, check out their tour schedule on their official website...it's traveling all over. This particular cast is very, very, good. NICOLE PARKER (Elphaba) is just a joy. Her 6 years on MADtv along with many other stage and movie appearances, gives her the experience to deliver Elphaba to us with a wonderful variety of emotions...she's just great! I got to go 2 nights. I watched from the upper rear in Dress Circle, then a couple nights later from up front in Gold Circle...both views very good but I prefer down front for musicals. WICKED will come to my Bay Area and be in San Francisco from January 23 to early February 17. As soon as tickets go on sale, I'm seeing WICKED again!