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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 23, 2013 lb Page 9 A Wicked Good Time .... The Broadway hit Wicked has been at the Boston Opera House for two weeks and will close out on Septembers 154. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munch- kinland, two girls meet in the Land of Oz. One born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunder- stood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete -- and completely satisfying -- new musical in a long time" (USA Today). On Broadway and around the world, Wicked has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is "Broad- way's biggest blockbuster" and "the defining musical of the decade" (The York Times). A vivid reimaginirg of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz's most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba, a passionate politi- cal activist if there ever was one, fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and show follows green-skinned personal tragedies shape the star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life- changing events which even- tually label her "wicked," in- troducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans' .understand- ing of it forever. A caution- ary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story. The reviews have been a rave and this classic tale will only be here through September 154. The Boston Opera .House is located at 539 Washington Street, Bos- ton. For more info on tickets, call 866-523-7469 or visit www.boston.broadway.com. The Greenway Continues to Grow .... The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy an- nounced that artist Matthew Ritchie has been commis- sioned to create a new mu- ral in Dewey Square on the Rose F. Ken-nedy Greenway. Ritchie's new work -- to be completed mid-September- draws inspiration from Boston's history and water- front location and will feature a unique digital component with music by Bryce Dessner (The National) and a short film by the artist, accessible by all wireless devices. The new mural is the second pub- lic art partnership between the ICA and the Greenway, following the Os Gemeos mural in 2012. With the recent develop- ment of a five-year public art strategy, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is committed to presenting ex- ceptional contemporary art on the Greenway. "Public art enriches urban life, and adds to the vibrancy of our parks and the City of Boston. We are proud that the Greenway can be a place where art is accessible to all and a space that encourages interaction and dialogue among visitors," said Jesse Brackenbury, Chief Operating Officer of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The mural marks the start of Ritchie's ambitious, 18- month residency at the ICA -- organized by Jenelle Por- ter, Mannion Family Senior Curator -- that encompasses several major works and will activate the entire museum through installation, sound, performance, and video. In addition to the Greenway mural, the project includes a large-scale installation on the Sandra and Gerald R. Fineberg Art Wall at the ICA, a residency with the ICA Teen Arts Council and mul- tiple performances, including compositions from The Long Count -- a collaborative work Ritchie created with, among others, Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), and Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders). Ritchie is also planning two new musical performances that will take place both on site at the ICA and at the nearby Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage. The aim of Ritchie's overall (Continued on Page 13)