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Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Wicked will be performing at Sarofim Hall Hobby Center Houston, TX starting Wednesday June 30 till Sunday July 25, 2010. Wicked will be closing at the Music Hall at Fair Park and on the June 30 Wicked will be opening at the Sarofim Hall Hobby Center in Houston, Texas.

Fans of Wicked the musical hate to see it leave thier city, many have seen the musical several times and it will be years before the national tour of Wicked comes back to Dallas, Texas. Tickets for Wicked at the Sarofim Hall Hobby Center have beeen on sale for quite some time.

Most of the the musical Wicked performances at Sarofim Hall are already sold out but you can still buy Wicked tickets on the secondary market where season ticket holders will resell the best seats in the orchestra section and the cheaper upper level balcony seats. Wicked will be performing at the Sarofim Hall through Sunday July 25 and will not be extended so if you have to see Wicked live in a great theatre, buy your Wicked Sarofim Hall tickets today.

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Wicked Broadway praised by Entertainment Weekly – “The best musical of the decade.”

Here is the complete cast and creative team details:

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Bubbly good witch Katie Rose Clarke's Dressing Room

Bubbly good witch Katie Rose Clarke's Dressing Room

Wicked’s resident good witch Glinda, Katie Rose Clarke, is so low maintenance that she had her castmates decorate her dressing room. Take a look at her backstage space at the Gershwin Theatre. visited the low-maintainence star (seriously…she had her room decorated by castmates simply because she was more concerned with doing the show than going all Martha Stewart!) for a glimpse at a few of the things that make her room special. Check them out!

Elphaba chair
“I used to have a chair that did not swivel or have wheels. This was one of the Elphaba chairs and they were going to get rid of it. It’s a perfectly good chair! Now I have a chair that swivels—and it’s got Idina [Menzel] green on it, so it’s special.”

letter from [previous Elphaba] Dee Roscioli
“This is a letter from [previous Elphaba] Dee Roscioli. She left the show after we had done it together for a few months. When I got it it was rolled up and just really pretty. It’s her handprint, which is something the Elphabas do—leave their green hand prints in their dressing rooms. So sweet.”

picture of the duck
“Oh, the picture of the duck. What can I say about this? My boyfriend colored this for me. It’s a blue duck! It just makes me smile.”

Wicked's John Riggins and Jason Daunter
“This picture is of Wicked’s John Riggins and Jason Daunter. They decorated my dressing room for me. I didn’t have anything in here for the longest time!”

Olba’s Pastilles/lozenges
“These Olba’s Pastilles/lozenges are something I use every show. I’m kind of addicted to them. They’re strong! It’s a lozenge with vapor action I can keep in my cheek. Hey, it’s the little things!”

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 has learned that Kendra Kassebaum — who is currently playing the curly locked Glinda in the San Francisco production of Wicked, a role the actress has also played on Broadway — has been cast in the world premiere of the new musical Leap of Faith, which begins performances at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in September.

Kendra Kassebaum currently playing Glinda in Wicked

Kendra Kassebaum currently playing Glinda in Wicked

As previously announced, four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza and Golden Globe Award nominee Brooke Shields will star in Leap of Faith, which will be directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. Previews will begin Sept. 11 with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 3; performances will continue through Oct. 24.

Esparza will play Reverend Jonas Nightengale, the consummate flim-flam man, and Shields will be Marva, the small-town woman and single mother who challenges everything he believes in. Kassebaum will play the role of Sam, the Reverend’s sister and sidekick.

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Queensland’s most anticipated musical theatre extravaganza, Wicked, is officially set to fly north of the border to open in all its emerald glory in the Lyric Theatre, QPAC in January 2011.

Wicked Australia Co-Producer John Frost said, “Right from the start this show has been an overwhelming hit so we are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring her, in all her emerald beauty, to Brisbane.

“Wicked is a phenomenon, the most successful musical in the world today, and appeals to everyone from 8 to 80. People love it for so many different reasons – some people come to see Wicked for the engrossing story, some for the astonishing sets and costumes, some for the soaring ballads, some for the deeper messages, and some to see the life-affirming friendship between the two girls who grow up to be Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Melbourne and Sydney audiences have been blown away by Wicked and now it’s Brisbane’s turn.

“Wicked is the winner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award, three Tony Awards and six Helpmann Awards. It’s a musical that enchants audiences around the world and right across the spectrum,”  he said.

When the Australian production of Wicked arrives in Brisbane it will have played over 866 shows and will have been seen by well over 1 million people. Wicked’s record-breaking Australian run began in June, 2008 at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, where it broke the city’s box office record and ran through August, 2009. The production transferred to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on September 5, 2009 and will conclude its record-breaking run on September 12, 2010.

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Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Wicked the musical perofrming at the Fabulous Fox Theatre currently through July 11, 2010.

The blockbuster musical, a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, tells the story of the Wicked Witch and the Good Witch of Oz before Dorothy arrived. It is based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire.

The musical has had enormous success in its seven years on Broadway. It has grossed nearly $1.8 billion worldwide and won 35 prominent awards, including a Grammy Award, three Tony Awards, and six Drama Desk Awards.

This marks Wicked’s third engagement at the Fox. The show’s previous runs in St. Louis broke box office records in both 2005 and 2007.

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The month long run at the Fox expects to be just as successful. With a phenomenal cast including Vicki Noon and Natalie Darardich as the Elphaba and Glinda, and the direction of the show’s Tony Award winning director, Joe Mantello, the show once again promises to deliver.

Behind the scenes, the crew arrived Monday to set up for the show. The two-and-a-half day process of unloading the 14 trucks carrying the set, costumes, and props involves the work of a 120 person team.

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Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Under the lights, they danced. They twirled and snapped and stomped until beads of sweat slid off their chins.

“Five, six, seven, eight! Left, two, three, four!” shouted Jeremy McQueen, a featured dancer in Wicked, currently at Fair Park Music Hall through June 27.

McQueen and Sterling Masters, who plays the mother of the Green Witch, taught about 80 people some wicked dance moves Saturday at the Majestic Theatre. For nearly two hours, the pair glided across the stage and entranced onlookers.

The contemporary music blasting onstage was a sharp contrast to the ruby-colored velvet seats and towering chandeliers of the historic theater. The likes of John Wayne, Mae West and Bing Crosby have performed at the Majestic, and some of the workshop participants were inspired by the history there, convinced that music and dancing connects people.

Alex Sutherland, a 15-year-old from Carrollton with curly red hair and amber eyes, wants to be a cast member of Wicked one day. When she first stepped onto the old stage, she thought it was kind of “creepy.”

“But it’s an honor to dance where famous people have stepped,” she said.

McQueen warned the group that in performing arts, nothing is fresh.

“Everything we consider new today isn’t new at all,” he said, snapping his fingers for effect.

One young Dallas woman has dreamed for several years of taking pointers from professionals. When she lived in Mexico City, Ana Larranaga danced in a theater company and fell in love with Wicked.

Yesterday, the 17-year-old twirled and tapped next to her heroes.

“When I’m on the stage, I feel openness,” she said of dancing. “Throughout the years, theater can change, but it always will connect us.”

Two hours after she entered the “creepy” halls of the Majestic, Sutherland was even more inspired to continue her career in dance.

“I love moving my body in different ways and expressing emotion and telling stories,” she said. “And this just makes me want to be in the show even more.”
{ Via Dallas News}

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Wicked Stage Review by Jeff Ritter, from

Read the review below:

I’ve been privileged to see Grease and Avenue Q at the Fabulous Fox Theatre this year, and enjoyed them both. But I wasn’t terribly surprised in either case — I’ve seen “Grease” with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on TV more than a few times and I had heard many of the songs from Avenue Q long before I saw the show a couple of years ago. The second time around was still a blast, but the real pleasure was watching the reactions of the stunned newcomers who had no idea what they were in for.

Tonight I was one of those folks, a first time visitor to the land of Oz brought to life on the grand stage. I highly enjoyed the show and can honestly say I’ll never watch the Julie Garland film the same way ever again.

The national tour of Wicked features Natalie Daradich as Glinda the Good and Vicki Noon as Elphaba, the infamous Wicked Witch of the West. Daradich was excellent, with a strong, clear and high voice, and terrific comic timing. I truly wasn’t expecting Glinda to be laugh-out-loud funny! Vicki Noon was regrettably replaced halfway through tonight’s performance, with Anne Brummel taking over the role of the tragically misunderstood green-skinned witch. Both were wonderful as Elphaba, and the character’s serious, often dour demeanor contrasted nicely with Glinda’s bubbly cheerfulness. Brummel’s lower octaves carried her pathos nicely.

It was great not having any preconceived notions about the musical, because I did not see the “odd couple” aspect coming at all. I never would have thought Glinda and Elphaba were ever friends from the 1939 film. From the opening scenes that find the young sorceresses arriving at a school younger audiences will think of as Hogwarts, to the touching dramatic turns in life and love by the end of the first act, I found myself drawn into Oz like never before, finding ways to dovetail the live performance with my movie memories. Brummel thankfully didn’t overuse the witchy Margaret Hamilton cackle, and Daradich at times was so playful I had to remind myself how prim and proper Billie Burke’s Glinda was. After being vilified in Act One, Elphaba and Glinda fill in the blanks about what was going on in Oz while the movie cameras followed Dorothy and Toto in Act Two.

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Friday, June 18th, 2010

Mauzey and Dodd Lead WICKED in San Francisco

Mauzey and Dodd Lead WICKED in San Francisco

Wicked veterans Marcie Dodd and Alli Mauzey will be San Francisco’s new witches in the hit musical beginning June 29, 2010. This will be a reunion for Dodd and Mauzey in their roles as Elphaba and Glinda respectively, and will mark the first time the two actresses are back on stage opposite each other since they played the roles on Broadway from November 2008 – February 2009. The actresses will take a final bow with Wicked when it closes on September 5, 2010.

Marcie Dodd recently launched Wicked’s acclaimed Second National Tour in the role of Elphaba, having previously performed the role on Broadway, with the Los Angeles company, and with the First National Tour. Dodd’s other credits include HAIRSPRAY, WE WILL ROCK YOU, GREASE, and multiple performing and recording projects with Universal Studios and Disney Entertainment.

Alli Mauzey recently returned to the Broadway company of Wicked as Glinda, and then played the title role in CINDERELLA alongside the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She also starred as the love-crazed Lenora in the musical CRY-BABY on Broadway, for which she won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award. Mauzey also originated the role of Lenora at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, where she won the Theatre Critics Circle Award. She played Brenda in HAIRSPRAY on Broadway and the first national tour.

Marcie Dodd replaces Eden Espinosa and Alli Mauzey replaces Kendra Kassebaum in the San Francisco company of Wicked.

The other principal roles in Wicked are performed by Bay Area actress Jody Gelb, who plays Madame Morrible, and Tom McGowan, who plays the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Wicked also features Cliffton Hall as Fiyero, Paul Slade Smith as Doctor Dillamond, DeeDee Magno Hall as Nessarose, and Etai BenShlomo as Boq.


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Friday, June 18th, 2010

London-WickedWest End hit musical Wicked is celebrating takings of £100m since it opened in September 2006.

The cast and crew of Wicked are celebrating after the musical passed the £100 million mark in box office takings. The show has been seen by almost three million people over 1,500 performances London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, according to its producers.

Speaking to the Stage, executive producer Michael McCabe said Wicked is “still going incredibly strong” after nearly four years.

He commented: “What we’re doing is still going up – that’s the real phenomenon of Wicked, it hasn’t plateaued. It just keeps on surprising us.”

Mr McCabe added that the show’s success has been based on “word of mouth”, with audiences growing gradually despite a mixed reception from critics in the first few months.

Voted most popular show at this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards, Wicked welcomed Lee Mead to the cast in May.

The former star of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing Fiyero and has joined Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman in the Apollo Victoria production.

The musical is currently running at London’s Apollo Victoria theatre. The musical has been seen by more than 21 million people worldwide. Get your Wicked Tickets London. Save $10 on Wicked Ticket Orders order over $350! Code AFF$10

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