Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Hollywood Becomes Wicked
Not since Mamma Mia! became a global phenomenom (or to many, the world's guiltiest pleasure) has a theatrical show grown as fast as Wicked. With a loyal and burgeoning fan base that now extends from London to Los Angeles and beyond, the musical that twists the beloved "Wizard Of Oz" inside out opens in the latter this evening.
Making its home at Hollywood's glorious Pantages Theatre, Wicked already has a robust advance box office, assuring the production of being a hit no matter what the critics might say. Indeed, according the the LA Wicked Web site: "A second block of tickets, which extends the show through early spring, 2008, will go on sale to the general public on March 4, 2007. A pre-sale of those tickets to American Express cardholders is in process."
The New York City production continues to rank as Broadway's highest earning show, regularly raking in more than $1.4 million per week and selling out nearly every seat since it debuted in October of 2003. The sit down Chicago production has been in place since the summer of 2005 and remains so popular that the company has just initiated its own version of the "Behind the Emerald Curtain" tour. London's mounting has been setting box office records ever since it opened across the pond last September. And the North American tour continues to sell out virtually everywhere it goes (it's currently enjoying a return engagement in Tampa).
Which leads me to wondering where this musical juggernaut might land next. While a film version would seem more likely now that Wicked is becoming a fixture in the movie world's hometown, I've heard word that a silver screen incarnation is unlikely until its global appeal can be cemented.
My guess is that before the year is over, an announcement will be made that Wicked will be ready to conquer Oz. Given the largely Australian cast in the West End production and the appeal of the original movie Down Under, surely a Sydney berth is not out of the question. I can just imagine the marketing campaign now.
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Click here for LA tickets.
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Five Times More Wicked (July 17, 2006)
Wicked's West End Witches Update (May 17, 2006)
Worldwide Wicked Casting News (May 5, 2006)
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