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Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Mandy Gonzalez and Katie Rose Clarke, who star as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively, in Broadway’s Wicked, posed with Brett LaTorre, who was the production’s 5 millionth audience member to have his ticket scanned in at the Gershwin Theatre, which occurred at the 2pm matinee performance on Wednesday, September 29.

Katie Rose Clarke, Brett LaTorre and Mandy Gonzalez

Katie Rose Clarke, Brett LaTorre and Mandy Gonzalez

View the Entire Gallery Here – Photos (© Jillian Nelson)
Brett LaTorre, Wicked's 5 Millionth Broadway Audience Member

Brett LaTorre, Wicked's 5 Millionth Broadway Audience Member


Briana Yacavone and Brett LaTorre

Briana Yacavone and Brett LaTorre


Briana Yacavone, Brett LaTorre and Jonathan Warren

Briana Yacavone, Brett LaTorre and Jonathan Warren


Briana Yacavone, Katie Rose Clarke, Brett LaTorre, Mandy Gonzalez and Jonathan Warren

Briana Yacavone, Katie Rose Clarke, Brett LaTorre, Mandy Gonzalez and Jonathan Warren

Brett LaTorre of Sparta, NJ, received a special surprise when he took in the Sept. 29 Wicked matinee. LaTorre, who was celebrating his 21st birthday with his girlfriend and grandparents, was holding the 5 millionth ticket scanned for the show at the Gershwin Theatre.

He was given a special “Key to the Emerald City” as well as a free trip to London to see the West End production of Wicked and complimentary hotel accommodations at the luxury hotel Rubens at the Palace.

The cast currently includes Mandy Gonzalez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Andy Karl as Fiyero, Alex Brightman as Boq, Jenny Fellner as Nessarose, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond.

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On Broadway, Wicked grossed $1,495,013 and had a 99.8% attendance rate for the week ending September 26, 2010.

Below are the Top 10 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending September 26, 2010.

1. Wicked $1,495,013
2. The Lion King $1,269,344
3. Jersey Boys $1,088,466
4. Billy Elliot: The Musical $1,000,428
5. Promises, Promises $981,598
6. Addams Family $929,655
7. Memphis $916,070
8. Mama Mia! $821,598
9. The Phantom of the Opera $691,135
10. A Little Night Music $612,209

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010

“Wicked” the musical is coming back to Tulsa for 16 performances from November 17 and Playing through November 28.

When this show about what was going on in the Land of Oz before Dorothy blew in from Kansas last played in Tulsa in the summer of 2009, it proved to be one of the most popular musicals ever presented by Celebrity Attractions, selling out its four-week run in record time.

“We just closed ‘Wicked’ in Little Rock,” said Larry Payton, president of Celebrity Attractions, which is presenting “Wicked” as the first show in its 2010-11 Broadway season. “And people were selling seats on the back row of the orchestra section for as much as $500 each. You could buy two season tickets for that price.”

Steven Fendt, assistant director at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, said a number of safeguards help keep scalpers from scooping up too many tickets for resale.

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Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Call Lesley McKinnell a bubble: as Glinda the good witch, she floats right to the top.

McKinnell, filling in for principal Natalie Daradich, literally dazzles as one half of the witchly team that headlines “Wicked,” Stephen Schwartz’s hummable 2003 musical that alighted in Madison Wednesday night.

Chris Peluso and Vicki Noon play unlikely lovers Fiyero and Elphaba in the second national tour of "Wicked," playing at Overture Center through Oct. 10, 2010.

Chris Peluso and Vicki Noon play unlikely lovers Fiyero and Elphaba in the second national tour of Wicked, playing at Overture Center through Oct. 10, 2010.


Glinda’s dress sparkles. Her tiara throws darts of light. Even McKinnell’s strong soprano is glittery yet grounded, never betraying that she doesn’t do this every night of the national tour.

Wicked, running through Oct. 10 in Overture Hall, is all-over shiny, from polished dance numbers to Eugene Lee’s spinning, glowing set. It’s slick, and a little cold.

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Friday, September 24th, 2010

Universal Pictures announced today that it’s hired Kimberly Peirce, the director behind Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss, to direct Wicked Lovely, the adaptation of the first book in the best-selling young adult fantasy series by Melissa Marr. Universal Pictures is producing the film with Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions.

The story centers on a female teenager named Aislinn who has followed a set of rules when dealing with dangerous faeries in her life. When she begins to have feelings for a boy, the faeries break the rules and up the stakes. Caroline Thompson (Corpse Bride) is adapting the novel for the big screen. The book debuted in 2007 and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for ll weeks. Marr followed it up with the companion novels Ink Exchange in 2008 and Fragile Eternity in 2009. The fourth book in the series Radiant Shadows will debut this year.

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Friday, September 24th, 2010

Wicked is all about backstory, taking familiar characters we think we know and making us — to paraphrase a tune from the show — see them with different eyes. The touring production that opened at Overture Center this week (September 22) is a triumphant start to the arts center’s Broadway season. Like The Lion King, Overture’s spring hit, Wicked proves that a show can be a commercial hit yet also visually and emotionally rich.

In the lead role of Elphaba, Vicki Noon excels as the green-skinned girl who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. At 25, she is a phenomenal talent. Though a powerhouse while singing, she doesn’t oversell her acting. Watching her, I could only conclude that having a voice like Noon’s come out of your body is a magical power of its own.

For Thursday’s performance, the other lead role — Glinda — was played with aplomb by understudy Lesley McKinnell, who showed no sign that she’s not Glinda every night of the week. While she, too, is a fine singer, I was more captivated by her goofy comic skills, particularly in the first act, when Elphaba and Glinda meet at students at mythical Shiz University.

Wicked proves that a show can be a commercial hit yet also visually and emotionally rich.

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Friday, September 24th, 2010

Broadway’s biggest blockbuster musical, “Wicked,” will make its West Michigan debut at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium this December 01, 2010 playing through December 12, 2010.

Performances of ‘Wicked’ at Miller Auditorium
Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12, at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Don’t miss Wicked’s Debut performances at Miller Auditorium – Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Buy your Wicked Kalamazoo MI Tickets now!

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Joann Pettiford isn’t addicted – she’s just a Wicked fan.

Joann Pettiford have seen the stage show Wicked 100 times

Joann Pettiford (right) have seen the stage show Wicked 100 times


The Melbourne childcare worker attended her 100th viewing of the mega-successful stage musical Wicked at the Capitol Theatre last night after making her ninth journey to Sydney.

The 38-year-old, along with friend Vanessa Hill, said she had no problem with forking out what has been about $10,000 in tickets since the show’s opening back in 2008, having paid for every seat except last night’s century milestone, which was covered by producer John Frost.

“In some ways, it is expensive but I don’t really go out … I work full-time and I don’t drink or smoke so it’s a way to have some fun,” she said.

“It’s worth it because it’s one of those things … if you are having a bad day you come out with a smile on your face.”

Pettiford said she keeps coming back for the songs and the storyline. “I can sit there from the start to the end and I never get bored,” she said.

And her Wicked obsession is showing no signs of waning.

“It’s going to Brisbane,” she said. “So I’ll probably fly up for the opening and maybe a few shows after that. And then it goes to Adelaide so I may see a few performances there as well.”

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Watch the Video of the Wicked Set up in Overture Center Madison. The crew explains how story is compelling, everyone can identify with it.

‘Wicked’ sets up in Overture Center from The Badger Herald on Vimeo.

“Wicked” tells the story of Elphaba, the tragically green-skinned girl who grows up as a misunderstood outcast. As a young adult at Shiz University with her wheelchair-bound sister, Nessarose, Elphaba meets her match in Galinda, a perpetually perky, blonde, pink-donning nemesis. Although their relationship begins as a stubborn rivalry, it eventually gives way to a friendship put to the test by their former allies. Between Elphaba and Galinda, who would later re-christen herself as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, “Wicked” tells the tale of the true meaning of friendship, and what is worth risking to maintain it. It also teaches another valuable lesson.

“‘Wicked’ tells a really touching story about how to not be worried about how you’re perceived,” said Chris Peluso, who plays love interest Fiyero in the Madison show. “(It’s about) how to be okay with who you are, whoever you are.”

“Wicked” will be at the Overture Center for the Arts from Wednesday September 22 through October 10. Buy and Save $10 on Wicked Overture Center Madison Ticket Orders over $350! Code AFF$10

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Wicked continued to rule the TicketNews’ Top Events rankings for another week, taking number one for the twelfth straight time. For the week ending Sunday, September 19, the hit musical reigned supreme with a decisive power score of 4.10.

“Wicked” also continued its long reign over TicketNews’ Top Broadway and Top Theater categories this week, power scoring a 25.68 and 26.02, respectively. Joining “Wicked” in the Top Broadway list were Jersey Boys (two, 14.55), the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (three, 6.42) and Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice (four, 5.08). Other top Broadway sellers included Lion King (five, 4.50), Billy Elliot (eight, 3.06), and Phantom of the Opera (ten, 2.64).

Wicked is Currently performing on tour in Boston-MA and Madison-WI.

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