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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Wicked, The hit “Wizard of Oz”-inspired musical continues at Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, FL. Wicked tour opened at Barbara B. Mann Hall on March 28 and continues through Sunday April 15, 2012.

Long before Dorothy arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular.The two eventually become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Wicked musical show features hummable songs such as “Defying Gravity”. The story explores female friendship as well as themes such as conformity, morality and hypocrisy. Glinda – who begins “Wicked” as a fashion snob with a high opinion of herself – gradually learns how to be a better person from her nemesis-turned-best friend, Elphaba. The musical is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello and has won 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony awards.

Wicked tour will continue playing at Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall through April 15, 2012 and Tickets are now on sale online. Buy Wicked Fort Myers FL Tickets today, Get $10 OFF on Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code #SpringSavings at Checkout!

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The first full-length Broadway Las Vegas season at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts will kick off with the hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked beginning August 29.

Wicked will be in Las Vegas for a limited engagement of 6-weeks, which concludes October 7, 2012. The 2012-13 lineup represents the Smith Center’s mission to “offer world-class entertainment to Southern Nevada residents.”

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald-green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these unlikely friends become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for the most spellbinding new musical in years. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times), and “a cultural phenomenon” (Variety).

The Smith Center is located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue in Las Vegas, NV. Wicked Smith Center Tickets Go On Sale MAY 19, 2012.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Tim Tebow, the former Denver Broncos quarterback who was recently traded to the New York Jets, paid a visit to Broadway this weekend, attending a performance of the hit musical “Wicked” at the George Gershwin Theatre.

Tim Tebow visits Wicked on Broadway

Tim Tebow visits Wicked on Broadway

The football player attended Saturday night’s performance of the show, according to a report in the New York Daily News. He slipped into the theater about five minutes before curtain and was escorted out of the theater’s back door.

“Wicked,” a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” opened in 2003 and has played more than 3,400 performances on Broadway. The show has also toured the U.S. and internationally.

Tebow, 24, has become famous for his habit of praying on one knee during football games, an act nicknamed “Tebowing.” The athlete has become the talk of New York since he was traded last week. The Associated Press reports that the famous Carnegie Deli is naming a sandwich after him.

Tebow pulled off a nifty QB sneak on his way into the theater, slipping inside five minutes before the 8 p.m. show time. Then, he headed straight for his seats in row L in the orchestra. His arrival went largely unnoticed by the audience. Afterward, Tebow went backstage to congratulate the stars. He told them it was his first ever Broadway show.

“He liked my performance,” said P.J. Benjamin, who plays Oz. “I hope I like his performance.”

Chandra Lee Schwartz, who has a leading role as Glinda the Good Witch, said Tebow was “very sweet.” “He seemed to enjoy it,” she said.

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Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Wicked, the smash hit musical flies back into the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on March 28, 2012 and continues through April 15, 2012.

Wicked musical broke sales records for the Fort Myers performing arts hall in March 2009 and sold out nearly all of its three-week run. The first week, alone, grossed about $1.2 million – a record that wouldn’t be broken until “Jersey Boys” came to town in 2010 and grossed $1.3 million.

Set in Oz before the arrival of Dorothy and Toto, “Wicked” tells the story of Glinda, the so-called “good witch,” and her green-skinned friend Elphaba, who will one day grow up to become the notorious “Wicked Witch of the West.” The show features hummable songs such as “Defying Gravity” and plenty of Big Broadway spectacle, including a giant wizard’s head, flying monkeys and soaring witches on brooms. The story explores female friendship as well as themes such as conformity, morality and hypocrisy. Glinda – who begins “Wicked” as a fashion snob with a high opinion of herself – gradually learns how to be a better person from her nemesis-turned-best friend, Elphaba.

Marilyn Caskey plays Madame Morrible, the eccentric and ambitious headmistress of Shiz University. She’s been with the tour for most of the past three years since it opened in Fort Myers in March 2009. Madame Morrible, the “Head Shizstress,” as Caskey calls her, tosses the witches together as roommates, an action that changes the course of history in Oz. She’s also a mover and shaker in the country’s power structure.

Audiences love “Wicked” in part for the show’s extravagant set and gorgeous costumes. Caskey gets to wear some of these herself. She spends 45 minutes each night doing her own hair and makeup, then requires a dresser to help her into the elaborate gowns.

“It’s really been a phenomenon,” says actress Anne Brummel, who plays the bullied, green-skinned witch Elphaba in the touring show. “Everywhere we go, we seem to be breaking some record somewhere.” Brummel laughs. “I think we’re doing OK. I think we’re a hit.”

Brummel says the iconic Elphaba is a blast to play. “She’s a really cool girl, and I get to go on this great journey with her. It’s really great to see her grow. She’s bullied, but she comes out on top.

Producer Marc Platt says he and the rest of the “Wicked” team knew they had something special early on with “Wicked.” They just didn’t know how special. Platt imagined the show would last maybe five years on Broadway and then go on one national tour. Now it’s nine years running and on its second national tour, and there’s also a movie in the works.

“Nobody can predict a phenomenon,” he says. “We thought it would do well. But I don’t think any of us could have imagined the enormity of it.”

Wicked will be playing at Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall through April 15, 2012 and Tickets are now on sale online. Buy Wicked Fort Myers FL Tickets today. Get $10 OFF on Wicked Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code #SpringSavings at Checkout!

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Wicked will be coming to Honolulu Hawaii in November 2012. Wicked musical performances open at Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall on November 24, 2012 and running through January 16, 2013.

Wicked Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall Schedule:
Tuesdays to Thursdays – 7:30 PM
Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Special Matinees on Thursday, Dec 27 and Tuesday, Jan 15 – 2:00 PM

Wicked, Called “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety and named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times, Wicked continues to thrill audiences around the world. Wicked is expected to be a Big hit as the show makes its Hawaii debut.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three 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, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Pippin,” Academy Award-winner for “Pocahontas” and “The Prince of Egypt”) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”). Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, 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 will be playing at Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall through January 16, 2013 and Tickets are now on sale online. Buy Wicked Honolulu HI Tickets today. Get $10 OFF on Wicked Blaisdell Concert Hall Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code #SpringSavings at Checkout!

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Monday, March 19th, 2012

Wicked Broadway grossed $1,942,288 and had a 100.0% attendance rate, about 1.6% more than the previous week. The 29 shows on the boards grossed $22,236,274, about 16.42% more that of the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 12 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending March 18, 2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,942,288
2. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,760,703
3. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,578,215
4. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,494,024
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,167,685
6. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $1,012,149
7. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $913,217
8. War Horse – (VIVIAN BEAUMONT) $886,640
9. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $881,144
10. How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – (AL HIRSCHFELD) $812,618
11. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $735,991
12. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $685,129

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Monday, March 19th, 2012

The Broadway musical wicked will run at Dayton’s Schuster Performing Arts Center June 01 to June 24, 2012. Tickets for the popular Broadway musical, Wicked, go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday morning at Ticket Center Stage in the Wintergarden of the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, Second and Main streets, in downtown Dayton.

Wicked Schuster Performing Arts Center Schedule:
Tuesdays to Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

The show, based on a novel that tells the story of the two girls who grow up to be the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, will be in town from June 01 to June 24.

More than 53,000 people from throughout the region attended the premiere performances of “Wicked” when it premiered in Dayton in February/March 2010. According to Ken Neufeld, president and CEO of the Victoria Theatre Association and the Arts Center Foundation, that three-week run generated an estimated economic impact of $5,285,770.

There are currently seven productions of “Wicked” worldwide. The show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. The musical is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello and has won 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony awards.

Wicked Musical Tour will be performing in Schuster Performing Arts Center for four weeks from June 01 to June 24, 2012. Wicked Dayton OH Tickets Online, Use Code #SpringSavings at Checkout to Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more.

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Friday, March 16th, 2012

During October 2011, actress and singer Mamie Parris joined Wicked national touring company taking the role of Elphaba, the green-skinned and highly sympathetic witch first brought to Tony-winning life by Idina Menzel and later played by, among others, the Beaverton-bred Shoshana Bean.

Mamie Parris as Elphaba in Wicked Tour

Mamie Parris as Elphaba in Wicked Tour

It doesn’t have any effect, she said, on how she approaches her part in “Wicked,” which comes to Portland on Tuesday to begin a lengthy run at Keller Auditorium through April 08, 2012.

Joining Parris will be even newer cast members Alli Mauzey as Galinda and Andy Kelso as Fiyero, who’ve been with the tour just a few weeks. What stays consistent, though, is the dazzling spectacle and blockbuster appeal of this 21st-century twist on “The Wizard of Oz,” by way of Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.”

Parris spoke to The Oregonian about stepping into the well-known role:

What has it been like taking over such a famous role?
When you take over any role there’s some pressure there. But to be honest, I’ve been so supported since I came in here. Everyone in the company has been really lovely and great to work with.

Do you have any little ways you’ve used to make Elphaba your own?
There’s not a grocery list of things I do, like saying this or that line in a particular way every time. To me, that’s not how acting works. It’s just bringing what I have to the character and making a real connection with the story.

What’s the biggest challenge?
This is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had in my life. Yes, the singing is a challenge, but if you’re a healthy vocalist, it’s something you can do. What’s difficult is how physically and mentally exhausting a role like this can be. Elphaba hardly ever leaves the stage. And in those few times she’s not in a scene, there’s something I have to be doing backstage, like a costume change. It takes everything out of you.

Among the stronger threads in Gregory Maguire’s novel, and still present in the musical, is the question of who really is good or evil and how they come to be viewed one way or the other. What’s Elphaba’s good-to-wicked ratio?
I don’t know if that’s something that can be put in a mathematical way. Maybe it’s different for someone at different points in their life. It really is a long journey to self-discovery, and we make so many changes to what we think and feel and believe all through the process. So for Elphaba, too, it’s about the journey. And I think that’s why the show continues to connect with so many people so strongly.

The show of course has been a big phenomenon with young audiences. What kind of responses do you get from those fans when you interact with them?
I meet a lot of fans when I leave through the stage door. It’s amazing how much people walk away affected by it emotionally. Here it is this story set in a big, fantasy world, but people see it as something really personal.

The thing that’s surprised me most is that it’s not just young fans. I meet older people, couples on dates, guys who bought tickets because of their wives and didn’t think they’d enjoy it themselves. It’s always thrilling to me to meet people who are completely new to the show and see how much they get into it.

What haven’t I asked you about that I should have?
The No. 1 thing people ask me about is the makeup. It takes about 25 minutes. I have a makeup artist who helps me put it on before the shows. It’s water-based, actual makeup, not a body paint, so that’s good.

But even so, I can be away from the show for four days and still find a little green behind my ears. I forever carry a bit of Elphaba with me wherever I go.

Read the complete interview {Via OregonLive.com}

Wicked will be performing at Keller Auditorium through April 08, 2012. Get $10 OFF on Wicked Portland OR Tickets Orders of $350 or more! Use Code #SpringSavings at Checkout!

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Friday, March 16th, 2012

Wicked all set for for Paramount Theater‘s 2012-2013 Season – The Paramount Theater has announced the touring productions set for its 2012-2013 season, according to The Seattle Times. The Seattle WA season’s first offering will be Stephen Schwartz’s hit musical about the witches of Oz Wicked starting from October 10, 2012 and continue thropugh November 17, 2012.

Wicked is one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time. Wicked musical has grossed nearly $2.5 billion and has been seen by 30 million people worldwide. Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Wicked will be playing Paramount Theater through Nov 17, 2012 and Tickets are now on sale online. Buy Wicked Seattle WA Tickets today. Get $10 OFF on Wicked Paramount Theater Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code #SpringSavings at Checkout!

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Broadway in Tucson yet to announce its 2012-13 season, but the presenter could not wait for the announcement and just posted on his next season slip on Facebook.

In a posting, Tucson Broadway announced the following:

***WICKED Returns to Tucson Next Year!!!***

Broadway’s biggest blockbuster musical, Wicked is set to return to Tucson March 20-April 7, 2013 at the Tucson Music Hall. We just couldn’t hold this information in any longer. We’ll announce the rest of the 2012/2013 season in the coming weeks. Season ticket holders will receive more information on how to renew their tickets at the end of March/early April.

That’s a quick turnaround for the production, which played nearly soldout performances at Centennial Hall for three weeks in January 2011. Read more about the 2012-13 arts seasons coming Sunday.

Wicked Musical Tour will be performing in Tucson Music Hall from March 20, 2013 through April 7, 2013. Once the tickets on sale online, Use Code #SpringSavings at Checkout to Get $10 OFF on Wicked Tucson AZ Tickets Orders over $350! .

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