5 things you need to know if you’re bringing your kids to ‘Wicked’
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 10:07 PM February 04, 2014
1. The show has a lot to offer kids of all ages, even your little ones—the show is very visual (don’t forget to tell them to look up so they can see the dragon); has special effects; and the songs are catchy (Oh, and here’s a tidbit for your “Frozen”-loving kids: Idina Menzel, Broadway’s original Elphaba, is also the voice of Elsa). The show offers a lot of laughs, too.
2. Your kids need not be familiar with “The Wizard of Oz” to enjoy “Wicked.” But if they are, they would enjoy a few surprises during the show. It’s not too late if your kids have yet to discover Dorothy’s adventures in “Oz.” In fact, reading L. Frank Baum’s book or watching the movie can be a great way to bond with them before the show.
3. “Wicked” is consistently on lists of family-friendly musical productions, and for good reason. The material is not as dark as the Gregory Maguire novel it was based on. Violence is alluded to and not shown onstage; there are no explicit words or scenes.
4. The show runs for two-and-a-half hours, plus a 15-minute intermission, something to keep in mind when scheduling your kids’ bathroom breaks and preparing them for how long they will need to sit still during the show.
5. “Wicked” covers important themes—friendship, loyalty, good vs evil, bullying, animal rights—that can jump-start meaningful conversations with your children. Pam Pastor