After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2006 and 2008, WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre in September as a special to the Broadway Across America – Atlanta 2011-12 season.
Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. and will be exclusively available at the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree Street NE) for a two-hour priority sale. Beginning at 12 p.m., any remaining tickets will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. There is an 8-ticket limit per patron. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“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’s 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.
WICKED will play Sept. 14-Oct. 9 at the Fox Theatre. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $30.
“We are thrilled to welcome WICKED back to Atlanta for a highly-anticipated third engagement,” said Russ Belin, Vice President of Broadway Across America – Atlanta. “Audiences continue to embrace WICKED, and we are seeing lots of excitement surrounding the tour’s return to Atlanta.”
Long before Dorothy drops in, 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 to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
WICKED has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that 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 and named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times, WICKED continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of WICKED worldwide, including two North American tours, a Broadway production, London production, a Japanese-language production, a German-language production and Australian production. A Dutch-language production of WICKED will open in November 2011.
WICKED features set design by Tony® Award winner Eugene Lee (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony® winner Susan Hilferty (Into the Woods, Assassins), 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 show’s musical director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.
The Grammy Award-winning cast recording is available on Decca Broadway. For more information, log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.