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Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Wicked touring San Antonio for almost 3-week run to the Majestic Theatre from February 16, 2011 and is in the final week of the performance closing on March 06, 2011.

The Wicked Witch of the West of the musical “Wicked” is very much her own entity. Wicked musical is adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel and which finally gave her the dignity of a first name — Elphaba.

In the show, she is a misunderstood, idealistic young woman, ostracized because of her green skin and lack of social skills. She finally comes into her own when she realizes that she has become an unwitting pawn in a political game waged by the deceitful Wizard of Oz.

The deeply satisfying tale is unfolding on the Majestic Theatre stage. It’s a welcome return — the show last swung through two years ago, and fans have been clamoring to see it again ever since.

Anne Brummel plays Elphaba with great spirit and wit. She also raises the requisite goose bumps with her renderings of “Defying Gravity,” the show-stopper in which the witch first takes to the sky, and “No Good Deed,” in which she decides to embrace the misconceptions about her.

Natalie Daradich is a lot of fun to watch as Glinda, particularly in the makeover scene, though there’s more to her than comic relief. Daradich also captures Glinda’s growth from a young woman so selfish that her knees give out when she doesn’t get her way to someone who actually stands up to the Wizard.

The special effects and the overall look of the show remain a great big wow, from Glinda’s arrival via giant bubble (accompanied by lots of soap bubbles) all the way to the low-tech way Dorothy’s assault on the witch is portrayed.

It’s a fantastic show.


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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

On Broadway, Wicked grossed $1,526,036 and had a 97.4% attendance rate for the week ending February 20, 2011 and was 0.5% more than the last week. Wicked reported increase over the previous week’s box office. Last week’s biggest earning show on Broadway wasn’t “Wicked” or “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” It was an old show (Lion King) that can still roar. The 22 shows on the boards grossed $16,930,141, 10.77% more than that of the previous week.

Below are the Top 10 Grosses for the week ending February 20, 2011.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,534,779
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,526,036
3. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,476,828
4. American Idiot – (ST. JAMES) $1,144,030
5. The Merchant Of Venice – (BROADHURST) $1,125,273
6. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $986,328
7. The Addams Family – (LUNT-FONTANNE) $949,966
8. Billy Elliot: The Musical – (IMPERIAL) $873,024
9. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $870,028
10. MAMMA MIA! – (WINTER GARDEN) $764,201


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Wicked, Broadway blockbuster, the musical story of Oz before Dorothy arrived, is coming to Vancouver BC Canada.

The play, based on the novel by Gregory MaGuire, will have its run at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday June 26.

Wicked has won 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tonys. The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). WICKED, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and 3 Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Wicked the most anticipated musical production of the 2010 – 2011 Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise season will start on May 4, 2011.

Wicked, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s Enchanted, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked Boise engagement will sell out in record time. Wicked performance will begin at the Morrison Center starting from May 04 through May 15, 2011.

Wicked Musical show times:

May 4 – 7:30 p.m.
May 5 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
May 6 – 8:00 p.m.
May 7 – 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
May 8 – 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
May 10 through 12 – 7:30 p.m.
May 13 – 8:00 p.m.
May 14 – 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
May 15 – 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Broadway blockbuster ‘Wicked’ returns for a 5-week run to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando from February 23, 2011.

“We’ve been on the road for six years, so we pretty much have it down to a science,” Company Manager Steve Quinn told.

Most of the crew is local — about 80 out of 100. So the 20 touring crew members have a lot of explaining to do. “They assist the locals in assembling this big jigsaw puzzle,” Quinn said.

Perhaps one of the most familiar props to “Wicked” lovers is the big dragon, which was already in place Tuesday. But if you haven’t seen the musical, a lot of the backstage “stuff” probably doesn’t ring any bells. The bottom line is that everything the audience sees plays a part in revealing a little bit about the Wizard of Oz.

“There’s several “ah-ha” moments, I call them, that you kind of go, ‘Oh I never thought about that,’” Quinn said. “We figure out if Glinda the Good Witch is really good, and is the Wicked Witch really wicked. You need to come find that out.”

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Wicked is currently playing at Majestic Theatre in San Antonio TX and performing through March 06, 2011.

When Anne Brummel walks out of her dressing room, her flesh turned emerald green to play the lead in “Wicked,” she feels pretty darn good.

Anne Brummel Defies Gravity as Elphaba in Wicked

Anne Brummel Defies Gravity as Elphaba in Wicked

“Basically, the makeup goes on and creates her skin, and on top of that, they do a beautiful makeup job,” Brummel said. “Your face is contoured, your eyes pop because of the makeup they do on your eyes. It’s a beautiful application of makeup, so you feel very pretty. Leaving the dressing room, I’m pretty hot for a green girl.

“Sometimes, I think I look 10 times prettier green than I do normally.”

For her character, that green skin is a burden that makes life difficult. Her parents freak out about it, and she’s an outcast long before she takes on the accoutrements — that peaked black hat, the broom, the flying monkeys — that make her identifiable as the Wicked Witch of the West.

The events that helped set her on that path are traced in the musical, which is adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel. This week, the show began its second visit to the Majestic Theatre, where it played for nearly a month in 2009.

Brummel just took over the role full time a few weeks ago. She has been with the tour a little more than two years, starting in the ensemble and eventually becoming the understudy for Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch of the West, which is where the show gets its title).

She has avoided reading the book, because, she said, because she knew that Maguire’s story is pretty different from the one spun onstage.

“I didn’t want my interpretation to be changed by the novel,” she said. “Now that I’ve settled into the role, I’m very eager to read the book, now that I have what I perceive as the character. Now I think I’d be able to read it and enjoy it for the book that it is.”

Her favorite moments in the show are the biggies: “There’s the iconic ‘Defying Gravity’ — you can’t help but feel like a rock star by the end of that. The only thing that’s strange is, you don’t have any room to move around — you’re singing this huge song with very little space to move.”

She’s also fond of “No Good Deed,” “when Elphaba says, everything I do is misinterpreted and misunderstood; if you want me to be wicked, I will be wicked. It’s her last battle cry. I feel like that’s a great moment — you’ve got the wind behind your cape, and there’s smoke.”


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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Wicked tour welcomes Colin Hanlon as Fiyero on Tuesday, February 15 in Appleton, WI.

Colin Hanlon as Fiyero in Wicked Tour

Colin Hanlon as Fiyero in Wicked Tour

Hanlon joins a cast that includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as the Wizard.

Hanlon’s Broadway/off-Broadway credits include Rent, Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and I Love You Because (Austin; CD on PS Classics). Recently Colin was Luke in the regional premier of Next Fall at St. Louis Rep. He played Warren in Michael Mayer’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (New York Stage & Film). He’s worked at KC Rep, Westport Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Cape Cod Theatre Festival and the O’Neill Theater Center.

Wicked has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston to name a few.

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

On Broadway, Wicked grossed $1,436,121 and had a 96.9% attendance rate for the week ending February 13, 2011 and was 7.9% more than the last week. Wicked grabs the top seat again. The 22 shows on the boards grossed $15,106,300, 16.23% more than that of the previous week.

Below are the Top 10 Grosses for the week ending February 13, 2011.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,436,121
2. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,330,014
3. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,282,552
4. The Merchant Of Venice – (BROADHURST) $1,105,451
5. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $981,264
6. American Idiot – (ST. JAMES) $977,545
7. Billy Elliot: The Musical – (IMPERIAL) $796,659
8. The Addams Family – (LUNT-FONTANNE) $755,197
9. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $754,417
10. Memphis – (SHUBERT) $705,850


Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Wicked Musical cast, who are in Appleton through Feb. 20, are presenting a Valentine’s Day evening of music, dance and comedy that has heart in more ways than one.

Tomorrow, On Monday, cast and crew members from the touring musical “Wicked” are volunteering to transform the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Kimberly-Clark Theater into a New York City-style cabaret.

“Our ‘Wicked’ Romance: A Jazz Cabaret” also is a fundraiser to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the PAC’s mission-based programming. During its five years on the road, the touring company has raised more than $1 million for charities including Broadway Cares, which has brought in more than $150 million for AIDS-related resources around the nation since its genesis in 1988.

“They’re incredibly talented performers and to see them up there really having fun and letting loose and singing songs they really like is a very unique opportunity,” said Maria Van Laanen, the PAC’s executive vice president. “It is them giving up their one day off (in the week) to do this performance. They are doing this really because they believe in the cause and they want to make a difference. It’s just such a unique electric event.”

The cabaret event begins at 8 p.m. Monday at the PAC in downtown Appleton. Doors open at 7 p.m. for silent and live auctions with chances to bid on “Wicked” memorabilia, backstage opportunities and a walk-on role with Wicked at the PAC. Tickets start at $45.

In the intimate setting of the black-box theater, tables seat two to four people.

“You are able to have wine and dessert with you during the performance so it gives you that New York nightclub kind of feel,” Van Laanen said. “The actors who perform really have fun with it. It’s like a jam session you would see when you’re out at a club.”

The event is part of an ongoing series of cabaret performances that the company performs at tour stops. Each one is different than the next, but the common thread is that all contribute to the fundraising efforts for Broadway Cares and various causes in tour-stop communities.

“Just like anyone else, we want to contribute to charities in our communities, but our communities are spread all around the country,” said Peter Van Dyke, production stage manager of “Wicked.” “We try to (do) that wherever we go.”

This is the PAC’s second “Wicked” cabaret. When “Wicked” experienced its Wisconsin premiere in 2009 at the PAC, the company treated audiences to a Beatles tribute.

Van Laanen said the funds for the PAC will help support initiatives including educational programs for students, community engagement activities that connect audiences with performances and their themes and nonprofits’ subsidized use of the facility.

“It really helps us with the money we are to raise each year through a special event,” Van Laanen said.

She said this season the cabaret especially is a boon to the PAC after the cancellation of veteran performer Liza Minnelli’s Oct. 22 show at the PAC. Minnelli had released a statement saying her doctor had ordered her to cancel seven shows, including Appleton’s, because of a bout of bronchial pneumonia.

A portion of the proceeds from Minnelli’s Appleton show, a pre-show dinner and post-show reception were to help support PAC programs.

“…When that went away we needed to find a new way to meet those targets,” Van Laanen said. “This (cabaret) is one of the ways. We’re definitely just grateful.”

Van Dyke plays master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the cabaret.

“We’ll be auctioning off a couple of chances to come backstage,” Van Dyke said. “One is a chance to watch Elphaba get green, which is always a fun thing. The other is a backstage tour with Glinda. Each of those comes with a pair of tickets to the show.”

The cast and crew also have contributed to the auctions a sampling of show souvenirs – costumes and props that have reached their limits of use onstage. Other items include posters signed by the “Wicked” cast and creative team.

Company members came together to create the program, a musical revue of jazz standards and romantic ballads that includes solos, duets and at least one ensemble number.

“All the songs are all jazz arrangements that we’ve found and have collaborated with the music director about,” said Stefanie Brown, who plays Elphaba’s sister Nessarose in “Wicked.” “As long as we could find the sheet music to it and get the musicians on board, we could do it.”

Brown supplies the cabaret’s closing number, “Someone to Watch Over Me.” “It’s kind of like a slow song to end it on a romantic note,” she said. The best part about the evening, Brown said, is the dance floor below the stage.

“We want people to participate and get up and slow dance,” she said. “And then we have a couple fast numbers that will be fun to jive with.”


Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Watch the fantastic Musical Video of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth from the original Broadway cast of Wicked – performing Defying Gravity.

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