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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Wicked Broadway Musical grossed $2,055,433 and had an attendance rate of 98.3%, about 4.3% more than that of the previous week. The 27 shows on the boards grossed $23,423,051, improving around 0.96% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 12 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending 07/29/2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $2,055,433
2. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $2,039,698
3. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,768,619
4. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,629,488
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,253,587
6. Once – (JACOBS) $1,088,263
7. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $1,044,016
8. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $1,016,697
9. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $1,007,287
10. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $924,710
11. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $898,564
12. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $799,077

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

The massive stage and sets for the Broadway touring production of Wicked are loaded in to Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theater on 17 July for the Utah run of the show – July 18 to August 26, 2012.

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Friday, July 20th, 2012

Wicked Broadway musical tour returns to Salt Lake City for the second time and currently performing at Capitol Theatre – UT from July 18 to August 26, 2012. Here is the Wicked musical review by Ben Fulton.

The greatest pleasure of this touring production of “Wicked,” playing through Aug. 26 at Capitol Theatre, is watching the interplay blossom, falter and mature between Alli Mauzey, who is a sheer delight as Glinda, and Nicole Parker, who delivers a passionate, brooding Elphaba.

If there’s no shortage of gushing when it comes to Stephen Schwartz’s and Winnie Holzman’s “Wicked”— and the day the hype runs out ain’t coming anytime soon — it’s because the musical hits the mercurial sweet-spot of both powerful story and the glory of what’s possible on the live theater stage.

This would all feel inflated and ponderous if the story itself were even slightly subpar. Buttressing all the marvelous stage architecture on display, thankfully, is a powerful interplay of peer pressure, prejudice and even hints of racism in an immediately recognizable story.

What happens when the ebullient but good-hearted bad girl, enamored of her own beauty and status, makes friends with the geek girl, the outsider ridiculed for her looks but imbued with a sense of principle and justice that looks beyond society’s norms? “Wicked” takes that premise then complicates it with all of real life’s sticky situations of jealousy, hard choices, and experiments gone horribly wrong.

The genius of “Wicked” is that, in the fashion all great fairy tales, it’s carried along by magical events, sights and metaphors to create an allegory that never feels like an allegory.

When Glinda attempts to transform Elphaba’s wardrobe by magic wand, the scene says more about the early challenges of friendship than mere magic. When Elphaba takes to the sky to announce her revolt against the Wizard, a sight stupendous enough by itself, we’re granted a vision of what it means to — irony excused — stand on principle.

Genius though it was for Schwartz to build a musical on the dual foundation of Gregory Maquire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and by extension L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard Oz, the key to “Wicked” is the Glinda-Elphaba match.

Parker was also impressive as the brooding, green-skinned Elphaba with a heart for animals and their suffering, a keen eye for the abuse of power, and a cynic’s despair. About the only fault one might find with the story is that the crux of Elphaba’s principled stand relies too much on a pre-packaged, PETA-approved message of animal rights.

No matter. “Wicked” is its own species of theater animal. A true blockbuster, it’s better loved than overly analyzed; more fun to adore than nitpick. If all goes well the night you see it — if you’re fortunate enough to have tickets, that is — you may well walk out of the theater feeling that, even at the price of your $195 ticket, you still got the entertainment bargain of a lifetime.

Read the complete review {Via SLTrib.com}

Wicked touring production will be playing through August 26, 2012 at Capitol Theatre – UT. Experience the Spell of Wicked. Wicked Musical Salt Lake City UT Tickets are in full Demand! Avail $15 OFF on Wicked Capitol Theatre Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code SUMMERTIXTN at Checkout!

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Monday, July 16th, 2012

Wicked Musical Broadway grossed $1,980,214 and had an attendance rate of 97.3%, about 1.7% more than that of the previous week. The 28 shows on the boards grossed $23,438,088, improving around 7.38% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 12 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending 07/15/2012.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $2,002,353
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,980,214
3. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,738,983
4. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,637,543
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,212,448
6. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $1,055,178
7. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $1,021,205
8. Once – (JACOBS) $1,015,977
9. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $955,638
10. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $914,957
11. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $863,782
12. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $814,142

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Monday, July 16th, 2012

Sets for most popular Broadway musical Wicked arrived at downtown Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre in a handful of semi-trucks. “We’ve got three semi-trucks coming July 16, with 11 more July 17,” said Tom Bryce, technical director at Capitol Theatre. “Then there’s two more driving up for July 18. That should finish it off.”

Still, only “Wicked” has the unique distinction of leaving a permanent mark on Capitol Theatre. When it first played Salt Lake City in 2009, the show’s additional proscenium was so heavy it required additional I-beams on stage. Structural engineers were brought in, steel was purchased, and all was welded into place for the show’s massive Victorian sets and flying characters, seen through the scenic framework of a giant clock. Eugene Lee, the show’s scenic designer, rightly won a 2004 Emmy for his work.

“We had to beef up our steel just to hang their proscenium,” Bryce said. “In terms of sheer weight, it’s one of the heaviest hanging shows there is. It was a big improvement to the theater actually. This time around, we’re ready for them.”

Bryce, technical theater at Capitol since 1995, said a show’s size doesn’t necessarily mean more complications. Touring Broadway productions are designed for quick efficient set-ups and break-downs.

At 100 years old, he said Capitol Theatre’s biggest challenge is maintaining air-conditioning through the current, blistering summer, based on a system designed in the 1970s.

Salt Lake County, which owns and operates the facility, is planning in a $33.4 million project to renovate the theater next year, with expanded lobby and upgraded bathrooms, along with constructing the adjacent Jessie Eccles Quinney Center for Dance.

Read the complete story {Via SLTrib.com}

Wicked musical national tour is scheduled to play in Salt Lake City Utah from July 18 to August 26, 2012. Buy Wicked Capitol Theatre Tickets online today for best seat locations at the best prices, Save $15 by using the Code SUMMERTIXTN on Orders of $350 or more!

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Tony winner Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot: The Musical, is now the frontrunner to direct Universal’s big screen adaptation of the blockbuster musical Wicked, according to Deadline.com. Directors previously rumored to helm the project include Ryan Murphy, Rob Marshall, J.J. Abrams and James Mangold. No casting or start date for the project have been announced.

Stephen Daldry in Talks to Direct Wicked Film

Stephen Daldry in Talks to Direct Wicked Film

Wicked musical opened on October 30, 2003 and won three Tony Awards. A reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of two of Oz’s most famous characters, the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good.

The Broadway production of Wicked currently stars Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda, Richard H. Blake as Fiyero, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible and Adam Grupper as The Wizard. Wicked is currently touring in San Diego, CA and Ottawa, ON Canada.

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Wicked Broadway musical coming to Salt Lake City for the second time. Wicked will be performing at Capitol Theatre – UT from July 18 to August 26, 2012.

“There’s something unique about Salt Lake that we haven’t yet understood,” said Broadway producer David Stone. “Cast album sales in Salt Lake, from almost the beginning, are always sixth or seventh in the number of copies sold,” he said. “It’s only behind cities like New York or Chicago and L.A. where the show ran for years.

“But Salt Lake is much further ahead of Houston, Boston and other cities that are much larger. It’s the second time ‘Wicked’ has been to Salt Lake, and it sells out instantly. ”

The New York Times called “Wicked” “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and “the defining musical of the decade.”

Wicked Capitol Theatre Performance Schedule:
Tuesday to Thursday – 7:30 PM
Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

The Broadway production of “Wicked” has broken the house record at the Gershwin Theatre 20 times during the course of its run – regularly grossing in excess of $1.7 million each week. “Wicked” has grossed a combined total of $1.8 billion for its North American companies. Over nine years, the musical has grossed an estimated $2.5 billion from its cumulative productions, breaking national and international box-office records. Since it began in March 2005, the national tour of “Wicked” has broken the house record in every city in which it has played.

“At its most basic, ‘Wicked’ is just really great storytelling,” said Nicole Parker, who plays Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, in the national tour. “I think that’s when something can last for a long time if it tells a great story about characters you care about. It just gets into people’s hearts.” Parker, who first played the green witch on Broadway, often receives letters from fans who really connected with the show or the character — a well-intentioned young lady who doesn’t quite fit in and is judged because she looks different. “Until the end of time, people will identify with both of these girls,” Parker said.

“I remember seeing a news story on the first time ‘Wicked’ played in Salt Lake City with a line around the door, and I thought, ‘That would be a fun city to do this show,’” she said.

Almost three years later, Parker will get her chance. “I’m already starting to train running on stairs so I can belt those notes at your high elevations.

With 35 major awards to its credit, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, “Wicked” seems to be running a marathon of its own.

Lottery: To enter a nightly drawing for a pair of $25 orchestra-seat tickets, present yourself in person at the theater box office (Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City) 2 1/2 hours before the show. Winners should be prepared to pay cash.

Wicked national tour will be at Capitol Theatre from July 18 to August 26, 2012. Buy Wicked Salt Lake City Utah Tickets online today for best seat locations at the best prices, Save $15 by using the Code SUMMERTIXTN on Orders of $350 or more!

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Wicked is currently playing at National Arts Centre – Southam Hall and continue through July 29, 2012. The returning engagement of Wicked musical in Ottawa, ON Canada is going to be a big hit.

The Wizard of Oz, know that the Wicked Witch of the West was a piece of nasty, and that the Good Witch of the South, Glinda, was as nice as nice gets. “Wicked” tells the story of Elphaba and Glinda before Dorothy and before they became their more famous alter egos — the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Wicked is the winner of three Tony Awards, a Grammy, and a slew of other major awards.

Wicked will continue at Ottawa, ON Canada through July 29, 2012. From here it will move to Montreal, Quebec Canada for the performances to start in Salle Wilfrid Pelletier – Place Des Arts from August 01, 2012. Buy Wicked National Arts Centre – Southam Hall Tickets online today for best seat locations at the best prices, Save $15 by using the Code SUMMERTIXTN on Orders of $350 or more!

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Wicked topped the box office with $2 million ($2,033,004) mark for the second consecutive week.

Wicked Broadway musical grossed $2,033,004 and had an attendance rate of 97.3%, about 0.1% less than that of the previous week. The 30 shows on the boards grossed $23,877,257, slipping around 0.33% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 12 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending 07/01/2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $2,033,004
2. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,944,704
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,615,956
4. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,608,683
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,191,200
6. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $1,048,090
7. Once – (JACOBS) $1,039,207
8. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $929,166
9. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $889,043
10. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $887,165
11. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $804,816
12. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $750,421

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Video of the dressing room at the San Diego Civic Theatre, where the star of the musical “Wicked” transforms into the green witch before each performance by CBS8.

About 45 minutes before each performance, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, is born backstage. The green makeup goes on wet, but dries within seconds. Makeup artist Christina Tracey, who has done this more than 1,000 times, then uses a translucent powder to keep the green from rubbing off. The process takes about 20 minutes.

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San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

Actress Nicole Parker is now part of the national tour playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre, after starring in the role on Broadway in 2009. You may recognize the Emmy Award-winning actress from the sketch comedy television series MADtv.

Parker tells News 8 she sometimes prefers her green sheen, saying, “You almost get used to being green, almost to the point where I like myself better. It looks more normal to me. It’s like a blank slate. I think it changes my face for the better. I love it, I think it’s really pretty make-up.”

Tracey tells News 8, “A lot of people confuse it with the wicked witch they know and it’s nothing like that in our show. She’s very pretty, she’s designed to be almost the prettiest girl in Oz. It just happens that her skin is green. So she’s very beautiful.”

She’s beautiful, and not really the bad witch she’s portrayed to be in “The Wizard of Oz.” We learn in “Wicked” that Elphaba is shunned and scorned just because she’s different, just because she’s green. Fans tell Parker all the time how much Elphaba has inspired them.

Wicked Play at San Diego Civic Theatre through July 15, 2012. Avail $15 OFF on Wicked San Diego CA Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code SUMMERTIXTN at Checkout!

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