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National Tour Cast of Wicked to Raise Awareness About Marriage Equality in Maryland

National Tour Cast of Wicked to Raise Awareness About Marriage Equality in Maryland
Christine Dwyer in the national tour of 'Wicked'
The cast of 'Wicked' will spread awareness about marriage equality in Baltimore.

The cast of the national tour of Wicked are taking a stand “for good.” Actors of the blockbuster musical, which is currently playing the Hippodrome Theatre through November 4, have partnered with the organization Broadway Impact to spread awareness about marriage equality. Performers will be handing out flyers and talking to patrons immediately following performances to raise awareness about the cause.

"Broadway Impact believes in equal rights for all and strongly supports Wicked’s theme of acceptance and the musical’s message that people should not be judged on first impressions," states a press release from the organization, "and that in these divisive times we must come together to support one another’s rights throughout the country and around the world.”

Maryland is one of the four states (along with Washington, Maine and Minnesota) facing marriage-related ballot initiatives in the upcoming November election.

A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous characters: the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows the tale of green-skinned Elphaba through the life-changing events that eventually label her “wicked.” Fun for the whole family, Wicked is a tale about love, friendship and trust that reveals that there are two sides to every story. The Grammy-winning score by Stephen Schwartz features the songs “The Wizard and I,” “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.”

The show stars Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, Jeanna de Waal as Glinda, Billy Harrigan Tighe as Fiyero, Gina Ferrall as Madame Morrible and Paul Kreppel as the Wizard.