Monday, March 19, 2007

Wicked World

Wicked World

Almost a month ago -- just prior to the ecstatic accolades garnered by the opening of Los Angeles' sit-down production of Wicked -- I predicted an announcement would be made before the end of the year that the mega-hit stage musical would expand further internationally.

While I had been predicting an expansion into the lucrative Australian market -- and that apparently is now a certainty for 2008 -- little did I realize that the production would first be ready to branch out into non-English speaking countries. In fact, the team behind Wicked has now announced plans to expand with new productions in both Japan and Germany.

As previously reported, the former nation has already had a taste of Wicked, thanks to the mini-staging of "Defying Gravity" at Universal Studios Japan. But it will now gets its own full-scale Japanese-language production this June 17 at Tokyo's Dentsu Shiki Theatre.

In Deutschland, look for the German-language Wicked: Die Hexen Von Oz (rough translation: "The Witches of Oz") to land at Stuttgart's Palladium Theatre on November 15.

All of which makes me continue wondering when Universal Studios, the film studio bankrolling this theatrical juggernaut, will finally announce firm plans for a silver screen version. If Wicked succeeds in both Tokyo and Stuttgart, I'm hazarding a guess that the announcement will come by the beginning of next year. Any other guesses?

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Click here for Wicked U.S. Tour ticket information.
Related Stories:
For Good: Wicked Wins LA Critical Praise (March 1, 2007)
Hollywood Becomes Wicked (February 27, 2007)
Were London Critics Mourning West End Wicked? (September 28, 2006)
West End Wicked Opens Tonight (September 27, 2006)
Wicked Witch of the West End Takes Flight Tonight (September 7, 2006)
Jaaku or Neikan? Wicked Set for Japanese Translation (July 24, 2006)
Five Times More Wicked (July 17, 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 January, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Sorry, but I had to delete the last post because it was a veiled attempt to drive traffic to a ticketing Web site in violation of SOB Rule #4.


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