Monday, July 17, 2006

Five Times More Wicked

Five Times More Wicked

The theatrical phenom known as Wicked continues to defy gravity, not only in terms of continuing sold-out performances at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre and Chicago's Oriental Theatre, but also everywhere its national tour flies (including this week at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre).

Even before the much-anticipated West End incarnation opens this September in London comes official word that Los Angeles will become the third U.S. city to host an open-ended sit-down production at the exquisite Pantages Theatre. While casting has yet to be announced, performances will begin February 9, 2007. That will make for a total of five different Wicked productions.

Despite the fact that Wicked was underwritten by Universal Studios, the hit show's producer Marc Platt has been notoriously mum on the prospects for a movie version. But with no end in sight toward becoming even more popular, it has to be only a matter of time -- including a successful West End debut and an Australian bow -- before the studio is convinced of its truly Universal appeal.

As for the touring company, here's where it's currently scheduled:

Minneapolis, MN -- Orpheum Theatre (July 12-22, 2006)
San Diego, CA -- San Diego Civic Theatre (July 26-August 6, 2006)
Costa Mesa, CA -- Orange County Performing Arts Center (August 9-20, 2006)
Tempe, AZ -- Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium (August 23-September 3, 2006)
Portland, OR -- Keller Auditorium (September 6-17, 2006)
Seattle, WA -- Paramount Theatre (September 20-October 1, 2006)
Toronto, ON (Canada) -- Return Engagement -- The Canon Theatre (October 6-November 26, 2006)
Providence, RI -- Providence Performing Arts Center (January 3-21, 2007)
Baltimore, MD -- Hippodrome Theatre (January 24-February 18, 2007)
Tampa, FL -- Return Engagement -- Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (February 21-March 11, 2007)
Miami, FL -- Miami Performing Arts Center (March 14-25, 2007)
Houston, TX -- Return Engagement -- Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (March 28-April 15, 2007)
Dallas, TX -- Return Engagement -- Music Hall at Fair Park (April 18-May 6, 2007)
Denver, CO -- Return Engagement -- The Buell Theatre (May 16-June 3, 2007)
Oklahoma City, OK -- Civic Center Music Hall (June 6-17, 2007)
Columbus, OH -- Ohio Theatre (June 20-July 8, 2007)
East Lansing. MI -- Wharton Center for Performing Arts (July 11-22, 2007)
Philadelphia, PA -- Return Engagement -- Academy of Music (July 25-August 19, 2007)
Boston, MA -- Return Engagement -- The Opera House (September 12-October 14, 2007)

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for Wicked Broadway tickets.
Click here for Wicked Chicago tickets.
Click here for Wicked London tickets.
Click here for Wicked tour tickets.
Related Stories:
Rejoicify and Festivate! Chicago's Wicked Celebrates First Anniversary (June 16, 2006)
Wicked Becomes Broadway's 8th Overall Cumulative Grosser Among Current Hits (June 2, 2006)
Flashback: Best of 2003-04 (May 25, 2006)
Approaching One Year, Chicago's Wicked Continues to Captivate (May 23, 2006)
Wicked's West End Witches Update (May 17, 2006)
Worldwide Wicked Casting News (May 5, 2006)
Encore: Spotlight Week Ending April 30, 2006 (April 30, 2006)

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At 29 March, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks for your question. As you already know, Wicked is currently playing in Houston through April 15, 2007. While the site indicates that "good seats are still available," they also have a special day-of lottery for $25 tickets.

Here's how it works:

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of best available seats will be held daily at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Each day, 2½ hours prior to show time people who present themselves at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Box Office (800 Bagby St.) will have their names placed in a lottery drum and then thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of best available seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.

Performance Show Times are as follows:

Day Tuesday - Saturday
Show Time 8 pm
Lottery Start Time 5:30 pm

Day Thursday 3/29
Show Time 2 pm
Lottery Start Time 11:30 am

Day Saturday - Sunday
Show Time 2 pm
Lottery Start Time 11:30 am

Day Sunday Evening
Show Time 7:30 pm
Lottery Start Time 5 pm

At 09 January, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Steve, would you do me a favor and delete my question to you? It shows up as a Google search and I did it years ago Anonymously, I thought. I can't believe I said that! So, PLEASE DELETE. Thanks.

At 09 January, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Anonymous, I've removed your original message. For anyone else viewing this, Anonymous had simply been asking about how to win tickets for an earlier Houston mounting of Wicked, but had included an e-mail address with that.


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