Folks flock downtown for 'WICKED' opening night

Hundreds of folks headed to downtown South Bend for the opening night of ‘WICKED’ Wednesday.

The musical will be at the Morris Performing Arts Center for the next two weeks and it’s drawing residents from all over Michiana.

“So, so, so excited,” said Niles resident Hannah Mock, who attended the show opening night. “This is my first professional musical I have been to. I have been waiting for this forever.”

Many families chose to make an evening out of the event and stop by nearby restaurants for dinner or drinks before the show. Some took advantage of a special WICKED themed Wine Walk.

“It invigorates downtown,” said Mishawaka resident Chris Grove. “You can see tonight there are a lot of people out here. They’re helping local businesses, too.”

Nearby restaurants say they always see a boost when events are happening downtown, but they’re looking forward to the large theater crowds over the next two weeks.

Several people who were downtown Wednesday remarked it didn’t look like South Bend because it was so busy. They say the bustling streets full of people are what the city should aim for most days.

“I'm surprised,” Grove said. I really am. It's good to see this -- a vibrant downtown. There's a reason to come down here again.”

WICKED tickets are still available. They can be purchased online or at the Morris Box Office. There is also a lottery being held for $25 orchestra seats 2.5 hours before each performance.

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