WICKED at Bass Concert Hall On sale October 22
After breaking box office records and selling in record time in 2009, WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Austin at the Texas Performing Arts Bass Concert Hall from January 25 to February 12, 2012. Tickets for the Return Engagement will be on sale Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Oscar winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and Winnie Holzman’s book (“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 is Tommy, How to Succeed…).
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.
Long before Dorothy arrives, 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 up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Maid.
WICKED has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) across North America, breaking box office records in every city it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston to name a few. .
Called a “cultural phenomenon” by Variety, WICKED continues to delight audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of WICKED worldwide, including two North American tours, a Broadway production, a London production, a Japanese-language production, a German-language production, and an Australian production. A Dutch language production of WICKED will open in November 2011. ), lighting design by Tony® nominee Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the musical director of the show. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott. Grammy Award-winning cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information on WICKED, log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.
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