Thu., Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Fri., Jan. 13, 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. 2012
Isn’t that like saying “angry hornets”? When aren’t divas wicked? That’s how you get the divaclature, dearie. In this case, however, the term refers not to method but credentials, as stars Alli Mauzey and Julia Murney both wielded wands at the helm of the Broadway blockbuster Wicked. The popularity of Winnie Holzman and Steven Schwartz’s retelling of The Wizard of Oz from the viewpoint of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, always mystified us — until we saw the touring company pass through TPAC last fall. Within the context of the show, songs that had never seemed particularly exciting stood our hair on end — especially the Act One closer “Defying Gravity,” in which the good-hearted misfit Elphaba embraces her destiny as the sum of all fears. For this show, Murney, a former Elphaba, and Mauzey, who played persnickety goody-two-shoes Glinda, swap vocal fireworks backed by the Nashville Symphony in the show-tune equivalent of a wizards’ duel, tackling songs for which shrinking violets need not apply — be they Liza Minnelli’s Liza with a Z showstopper “Ring Them Bells,” the vintage Barbra Streisand-Donna Summer face-off “Enough Is Enough,” or selections from Chicago, Titanic, Ragtime and Spamalot. And oh yeah — you might hear Wicked’s climactic diva group-hug “For Good.” We expect nothing less than air kisses all around.