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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Wicked Broadway Musical grossed $1,717,002 and had an attendance rate of 99.9%, about 0.1% less than that of the previous week. The 29 shows on the boards grossed $22,023,790, improving around 6.40% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 13 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending October 21, 2012.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,718,718
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,717,002
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,655,294
4. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,321,997
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,198,969
6. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $1,105,092
7. Once – (JACOBS) $1,063,940
8. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $1,058,814
9. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $921,648
10. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $899,485
11. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $854,181
12. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $740,217
13. Annie – (PALACE) $733,956

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Wicked second national tour is currently in Baltimore, MD for the second time for a month long run from October 03 to November 04, 2012. Wicked first visited Baltimore in 2007.

Here is the review of the Wicked musical by Tim Smith at BaltimoreSun.com:

Equal parts nostalgia and hipness, satire and sentiment, one-liners and philosophy, the hit musical “Wicked” remains a potent brew. Bewitching, even.

This tale-spin about life in Oz, before that rude girl from Kansas crashed the place, is neither quite as profound as its most ardent champions would aver, nor quite as empty as its detractors have charged. But the work’s component parts certainly come together snappily in ways that create entertainment writ large.

The plot, adapted by Winnie Holzman from the Gregory Maguire novel, presents a back-story for the peculiarly green woman we last saw in a puddle — the Wicked Witch of the West, who tried so darn hard for the return of those jeweled slippers in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Various details we accept as gospel from that movie get some interesting twists (better to … forget what you remember Margaret Hamilton’s iconic witch doing to the Scarecrow). And, like in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” characters are apt to shift between good to evil without warning.

Oz, it turns out, is not entirely Eden-like. The Wizard happily tells his people lies, because “they were lies they wanted to hear.” Prejudice, intolerance, suspicion of the “other,” power-hunger, fast-flying rumor — it’s all happening in or around this emerald-tinted world.

Some of these issues, especially a campaign against talking animals (a chilling classroom scene is fully Third Reich-redolent), could use more depth. But the fast-moving, if opera-length, show stays primarily focused on the emotional journey of the supposedly wicked witch, Elphaba, how and why she moved toward the dark side.

One of the tricky things about “Wicked” is how to keep the Glinda character from tilting the musical her way; she spreads glitter from the get-go and could go on to steal any scene.

The touring production boasts terrific balance and chemistry between the two leads — Christine Dwyer’s sensitive, wry Elphaba and Jeanna de Waal’s iridescent Glinda. Both are nuanced actresses who manage to tap into something genuine about the characters. Their unlikely friendship, the bond that changes both women “for good,” resonates strongly here.

Dwyer doesn’t just nail the glum, glib side of Elphaba, but unleashes the eager little girl beneath. Even in her most theatrical moments, she doesn’t lose a touch of humanness.

Would that Stephen Schwartz’s score contained a few more items of that cleverness. A lot of the songs are in generic pop mode, spinning their wheels over well-worn harmonic paths and failing to generate a really strong melodic hook.

The supporting cast does uniformly persuasive work. Paul Kreppel makes a disarming Wizard, Gina Ferrall a colorful Madame Morrible. Billy Harrigan Tighe has the fresh, all-Ozian looks and smooth swagger for Fiyero, the man who lights a spark under Elphaba and Glinda.

Read the complete review {Via BaltimoreSun.com}

Wicked musical performances at Hippodrome Theatre will continue through Sunday November 04, 2012. Buy Wicked Baltimore MD Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Wicked Musical on Broadway grossed $1,691,769 and had an attendance rate of 100.0%, about 0.1% more than that of the previous week. The 26 shows on the boards grossed $20,614,959, improving around 2.46% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 13 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending October 14, 2012.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,769,949
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,691,769
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,659,600
4. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,306,682
5. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,185,495
6. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $1,076,731
7. Once – (JACOBS) $1,051,649
8. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $1,051,374
9. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $930,248
10. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $912,429
11. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $869,580
12. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $777,553
13. Running On Empty – (RICHARD RODGERS) $742,860

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Wicked Musical will return to Kalamazoo MI next year April 2013. The Grammy Award and Tony Award winning musical set records when it came here at Miller Auditorium in 2010, and the venue expects a similar reaction to Broadway’s smash hit this time around. Next year Wicked performances at Miller Auditorium through May 05, 2013.

‘Wicked’ tickets for Miller Auditorium shows on sale in February 15, 2013

Wicked at Miller Auditorium – Apirl 24 to May 05, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 25 – 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Friday, April 26 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 27 – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 28 – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Tuesday, April 30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 2 – 7:30 PM
Friday, May 3 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 4 – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 5 – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

“Before our sold out 2010 run had even closed, we already had patrons asking when ‘Wicked’ might return. It’s an honor to host such a high quality national tour and we can’t wait to experience ‘Wicked’ with our community again,” Marketing Director Tracey Lawie said in a press release.

Wicked musical performances at Miller Auditorium – Western Michigan University will continue through May 05, 2013. Buy Wicked Kalamazoo MI Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Take a behind the scenes glimpse of the complex Wicked costumes during this visit to the New York costume shop that maintains the Broadway production. Credit: OfficialWICKED, YouTube

Wicked is currently performing on tour in Baltimore, MD and Seattle WA.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Wicked musical is currently performing at Hippodrome Theatre from October 03 to November 04, 2012. “Wicked” is the story of two girls and the very different lives they end up with. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz.

Here is the review of the Wicked musical by FLORENCE LAU at jhunewsletter.com:

This month, prepare to soar above Oz at the Hippodrome with the Tony Award winning musical Wicked.

The prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Wicked follows the story of Elphaba Thropp (Christine Dwyer) and Glinda Upland (Jeanna de Waal), who eventually grow up to be the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Grappling with the idea of good vs. evil, politics and friendship, this show teems with colorful lights and costumes, spectacular special effects, show-stopping musical numbers and of course, one misunderstood green girl.

Although this show was based on Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, it departs from the novel in order to tell a much more light-hearted story about the conflict in Oz.

The show begins with the celebration of the death of the Wicked Witch of the West before taking the audience back in time to when the Witch was still a girl named Elphaba starting out at Shiz University with her younger sister, Nessarose. Although Elphaba initally has an extremely antagonistic relationship with her roommate, Glinda, the two of them eventually become best friends, to the surprise of everyone else around them.

Meanwhile, dark forces are brewing in Oz.

Animals are losing their ability to speak, and Elphaba is determined to get to the bottom of it. Elphaba’s magical powers have come to the Wizard’s attention, but when she realizes that he is a fraud who only wants to use her powers for his own benefit, she strikes out against him, leading him to label her the Wicked Witch of the West.

The rest of the musical deals with the consequences of Elphaba’s decision to fight the Wizard and her subsequenct vilification, which brings her into conflict with Glinda and tests the limits of their friendship.

Read the complete review {Via jhunewsletter.com}

Wicked will be in Baltimore, MD through November 04, 2012. Buy Wicked Hippodrome Theatre Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Wicked West End musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, is pleased to announce that the tickets to this smash hit musical are on sale until Saturday 2 November 2013.

From 29 October 2012, Wicked will star: Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda).

Wicked is now the 18th longest-running West End musical of all time and recently celebrated its landmark 2500th performance (8 September 2012) and 6th Birthday (27 September 2012). The Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning London production of the global musical phenomenon has already been seen by almost 5 million theatregoers since its West End premiere in 2006.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked is based on the best-selling novel, ‘Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, by Gregory Maguire. Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. UK Executive Producer: Michael McCabe.

Buy Wicked Apollo Victoria Theatre Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Wicked Musical on Broadway grossed $1,806,846 and had an attendance rate of 99.9%, about 7.1% more than that of the previous week. The 24 shows on the boards grossed $20,107,208, improving around 14.63% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 13 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending October 07, 2012.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,831,098
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,806,846
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,668,832
4. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,291,290
5. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $1,156,115
6. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $1,093,515
7. Evita – (MARQUIS) $1,084,321
8. Once – (JACOBS) $1,051,081
9. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $993,020
10. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $975,303
11. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $961,683
12. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $869,373
13. Chicago – (AMBASSADOR) $729,458

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Jackie Burns (Elphaba – Broadway; former Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour) talk about some of her favorite things in her Wicked dressing room.

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Wicked musical is coming to Seattle WA October 10 to November 17. The popular musical about two very different witches posits them as college roommates before they turn into Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked Paramount Theatre Schedule:
Tuesday to Thursday – 7:30 PM
Friday – 8:00 PM
Saturday – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
No show on Thursday Oct 18.
Additional 2:00 PM show on Thursday, Nov 15

The national tour is bringing a locally-reared ensemble member, Sarah Schenkkan, who also is understudying the role of Glinda and says, in an interview with CultureMob, that she’s gone on as Glinda, now, about a dozen times. Read the interview by Miryam Gordon at CultureMob.

Before we delve into Sarah’s history, you can keep an eye out for her in the ensemble by her costumes. “I have pointy hair in the mob (scene) – my head looks like a triangle, I carry a big green umbrella in Emerald City and I wear a pink beret in the Shiz University scenes,” Sarah reports. Of course, if she gets to go on as Glinda, you won’t have to wonder if you can catch sight of her!

We started off talking about when Sarah moved to Seattle. “I moved to Seattle when I was six. My dad (the acclaimed playwright Robert Schenkkan) was doing The Kentucky Cycle here at the Intiman and that’s why we moved here. I did my first play in elementary school – a play my mom (actress and voice-over artist Mary Anne Dorward) adapted. It was The Little Cloud. I wore a cardboard cloud over my dress and had the best time. I was so excited.”

Sarah was hooked, but that didn’t mean that she was secure in whether she’d be good enough to compete in this very intense business. “I never really knew for sure that I was good enough to do this. I knew I loved it and wanted to do it. That’s where I felt like my heart was invested in and passionate, but I was aware of the business and it was a tough life.

“I did some shows at Broadway Bound and I give Jimmy Nixon (founder) a lot credit for helping believe I had talent and something special. Really encouraging me to think this was something I could do.

“I studied voice in high school with Anne Evans. She taught a lot of local kids. I played soccer my whole life and basketball (but didn’t take many dance classes). I got involved in shows at Roosevelt High School with (drama teacher extraordinaire) Reuben Van Kampen.”

Sarah is following a special trend our fair city is seeing with locally-reared theater talents going to New York and finding their way back here in national touring companies. Ryah Nixon, Jimmy Nixon’s daughter, with ties to Village Theatre and the 5th Avenue (recently starring in Rent) recently participated in the tour of 9 to 5.

“Ryah was a classmate, a bit older, but she was a person that people knew was going to be on Broadway, “ Sarah says. “And she’s doing that. And she always seemed so confident about where she was going.”

Read the complete interview {Via CultureMob}

Wicked musical performances at Paramount Theatre will continue through Saturday November 17, 2012. Buy Wicked Seattle WA Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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