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A night in Oz: You can win a pair of tickets to opening night of ‘Wicked’

Here’s the giveaway you’ve been waiting for: You can win a pair of tickets to opening night of “Wicked” (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Saroyan Theatre). Not only do you get a chance to see the hottest show in town, you’ll also be treated to dinner for two (and free parking) at the wonderful Cosmopolitan Tavern and Grill.

The contest is open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. Tax-deductible memberships start at $5 a month, and you can make a one-time donation of as little as $3. (Paid memberships help keep the site running, and paid members get special members-only benefits. Please consider a paid membership in support of independent, local arts journalism.) A free membership option is available. For details on how to join, go to the Membership and Sponsorship page. No purchase, donation or membership is necessary to enter the ticket giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: What do you love most about “Wicked”? (Or you can just say why you’d like to attend.) Deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Sunday, March 17. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.


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Comments (49)

  • RosePeralta

    It has been a dream of mine to watch WICKED, an absolute dream! My favorite film is the The Wizard of Oz. My family even nicknamed me the Wicked Witch of the West as kid. Hahaha! I love this adaptation of the story and would love to finally see it on the stage. Plus it would be the perfect birthday gift ever! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

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  • Steph

    What do I love most?

    I suppose that I’m a theatre guy, but have actually never seen Wicked! So I love most the chance to win!

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  • JAVIER CABRERA

    Of course it would be an honor to win tickets to WICKED. It is the must see musical ever! I am tapping my ruby sneakers in hopes of getting this wonderful prize/experience.

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  • Danielle Seaberg

    My favorite thing about Wicked is the music first of all and also the end of the first act of the show. The first time I ever saw it I think I burst into tears because I was blown away.

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  • Tamara Tackett Dent

    I love Elphaba finally getting her well deserved spotlight!
    I hope this run is a great success for Friesno.

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  • Silvia Fisher

    I have not had the opportunity to see Wicked. I hear all but good reviews. Would love to see it.

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  • Emily A

    My favorite thing about wicked is watching the back stories to a familiar tale (Wizard of Oz).

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  • Gail Marshall

    I’d like to attend because I would bring a French foreign exchange student,16, who has never seen the play! Every young girl should see this no matter where in the world she lives, don’t you think this would be a great memory of Fresno?

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  • Paige Addington

    As always, for me it’s the music. Well , it’s also the costuming too but I love the duets. Especially For Good! Going to Wicked is like momentarily going to a strange magical place. You know the story, but you always see something different.

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  • Janice L.

    What a fantastic giveaway! Wicked has got to be one of the best musicals of all time. My favorite thing is every single song that comes from this show. So fun to sing along!

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  • Jay Parks

    I want to go. Inexplicably, I’ve never seen it or listened to the music. I suppose the thing I like most bout it is the hype of it from people that have.

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  • Candice Peters

    I love that the story is taken from another characters point of view and how it fits so well with the story of The Wizard of Oz. Also, the music is fantastic!!

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  • Sara

    The music and the message that things aren’t always what they seem. And, not to be a cliche, but Defying Gravity.

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  • Cleo

    love the music and the spectacular production and the whole idea of the prequel!!

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  • Amanda Thornell

    I have such a special connection to the Wizard of Oz, and by association, to Wicked. The movie was my mom’s favorite and as an homage to her I have a bluebird tattoo (happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow)… and I call her Glinda 😊

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  • Jennifer

    I love the message and of course the music!!

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  • Linda Ramirez

    I like the music. Plus the story line is great.

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  • Liz

    The Wicked Witch of the West is one of the most iconic evil characters in modern day history—she is a character that we have grown up loving to hate. Yet, there is always more than one side to a story (you, Donald, as a good journalist know that better than most.) The beauty of Wicked is that through exceptional acting, singing and staging, the audience lives through Elphaba’s formative years. We already know she is going to die (thanks, Dorothy), but we get to know this green monster on a personal level…. and discover she’s a lot like us. In fact, we learn that Elphaba is more admirable than some of her other, more “popular” classmates. We walk away thinking that maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover and, perhaps with a bit more understanding and determination, anyone can “defy gravity.”
    This celebration of life is just one of the reasons why my daughter and I love Wicked.

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  • Kathy Eichman

    I guess “I Want to Be Popular” too. 🤢That’s why I joined the Monro Review!!

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  • Caty

    For good!! Gets me every time.

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  • What I love most about WICKED is that on the surface we can enjoy the great music and costumes, but on a deeper level. it gives the backstory of why one charactor ends up becoming “wicked.” and as such provides a metaphor for a huge issue in US culture and society: Do we vilify the wicked and expend great energy and resources to “destroy/castrate/nullify” them, or do we as a society look to the root causes of “wickedness” and strive as a culture to address those? (providing greater love and acceptance). It is a huge question, eloquently and metaphorically addressed.

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  • Stephanie Barnett

    If I had to choose the reason(s) I want to see Wicked it would have to be getting to see the famous flying scene and because of the overall beautiful music. I’ve been a fan of Wicked since I was 12. It was one of the first musicals to really grab me and not let go. So I would be ecstatic to finally see it live.

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  • Ryan Gilmore

    I’ve never seen the show but what I love most about the show is the music and vocal chops these leading ladies get to show off.

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  • Angela Martin

    I have never seen Wicked!! I have always wanted to but never had the opportunity.

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  • Lisa Ovalle

    I love stories retold in a different point of view. It can a very refreshing twist to a popular storyline. I’ve seen Wicked the last two times it came and now would like to share it with someone for their first time.

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  • Jacob Wilson

    Wicked was the last musical I saw with my grandmother when she was alive. It holds a very special place in my heart.

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  • Melanie Torrey Heyl

    I love all the foreshadowing of what comes later, especially how characters like the tin man and scarecrow became who they are in The Wizard of Oz.

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  • Janette Quezada

    My favorite thing about Wicked is the music of course!🎵🎼🎶

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  • CHARLES RABB

    I saw it with the original Broadway cast. I love the music.

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  • Kristy Page

    I love the music of the musical Wicked! It would be amazing to go!

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  • Jeanne Antrim

    I love the message of embracing all peoples, of relishing the uniqueness of each person. How relevant today!!!

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  • Kaila I.

    I love the storyline and would absolutely love to see Wicked live!!

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  • Erick Rozigas

    I love the story of Wicked. I believe it is relatable to many individuals who are different from those around them. I would truly enjoy seeing the show again.

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  • David Brodie

    I would love to see Wicked because I like green people.

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  • Julie

    I have not been lucky enough to see it yet, but I love the music!

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  • Andrea Nielsen Bouton

    After reading the Wicked book series, I really appreciated the character of Elphaba. How hard it is to be different! Now, seeing the story set to wonderful music, live, on stage, it is magic! I would really like those tickets! 🙂

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  • Celeste DeMonte

    The story of “Wicked” is a reminder that it’s a good idea to have the back story before you judge someone. I saw Wicked in NYC when Fresno Master Chorale was there to sing in Carnegie Hall and I’d love to see it again!

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  • Barbara Mecca

    I love everything about Wicked! The music, costumes, characters, props and the plot. I even planned a friend’s 60th birthday party with “Wicked” as the theme. Everyone came as a witch or warlock and rec’d a bottle of the green elixir. Great fun! Just like the play.

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  • Terrance V. Mc Arthur

    My wife and I wanted to get tickets at a previous Fresno run. We tried for several days without success. Then, I had to work in another location, and would not make it to the raffle in time. My wife took my daughter, who didn’t want to see the show, and they put their names in. Who wins the right to buy tickets? My daughter, of course! Suddenly, she wants to see “Wicked,” and I had to settle for a silent movie that night.

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  • Fermina Martinez

    My brother really wants to see it..I’ve never seen it either if he wins well I know who will accompany him….thanks……crossing fingers….

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  • Well, I’ve been pretty “good” all my life, so the opportunity to be “wicked” for an evening is rather appealing 🙂

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  • Amanda Freeman

    My first Broadway show in Fresno was The Book of Mormon, and I am hooked! I’d love to see this show, about which I’ve heard so much, particularly about its music. The billboards around town are so compelling. I’m casting my hat in the ring hoping for some magic! 💚

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  • Gregg Dion

    I recently read Stacy Wolf’s brilliant essay, “Defying Gravity: Queer Conventions in the Musical Wicked,” and I’m thinking now that behind all that spectacle there may be so much more to see. Gotta love a smartly made BOOK musical, anyway, there seem to be so few anymore.

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  • Allison C.

    Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda is my favorite thing about Wicked. The music is a close second though.

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  • Patty Stratton

    I would love to treat my husband to a beautiful night~he deserves it! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  • Alexy B.

    I have never seen the show but love the music!

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  • Edith Q

    I think the music is fantastic!

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  • Alexy B.

    I love the back stories of the 2 witches. Love this musical!

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  • Lisa Bartels

    I love spending time with my daughter since this is her favorite!

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