"Wicked" continues through Jan. 21 at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

Photo by Joan Marcus

Fans of "The Wizard of Oz" story will want to secure a ticket for a production that explores a totally different side of the popular tale.

"Wicked" is a delightful musical which tells the story of the Land of Oz before Dorothy gets there.

The hit musical, which was popular with Windy City fans in past visits to Chicago, continues through Jan. 21 at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

In "Wicked" we meet the two witches - Elphaba and Glinda - before they encounter Dorothy and learn about their lives and what influenced how they eventually turned out.

The show is filled with catchy tunes, interesting special effects and fine acting. "Wicked" was written by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman and is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire.

Mary Kate Morrissey stars as Elphaba while Ginna Claire Mason portrays the role of Glinda in the current Broadway in Chicago show.

Among highlighted songs in the production are "The Wizard and I," "Something Bad," "I'm Not That Girl," "No Good Deed," "For Good," "Dancing Through Life," "No One Mourns the Wicked," and more.

FYI: "Wicked" continues through Jan. 21 at The Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. Tickets are $62 to $212. Call 800-775-2000 or visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.