‘Wicked’ returns to Salt Lake City
After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2009, "Wicked," Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre July 18 through August 26.
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. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
"After a record sell-out in 2009, we are pleased to bring ‘Wicked’ back to the Capitol Theatre with twice as many performances for the fans in Utah," said Broadway Across America Utah President, John Ballard. "’Wicked’ is one of the biggest theatrical productions on the road. It entertains first time theatre-goers as well seasoned Broadway patrons with many returning to see it again and again."
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 magazine, "Wicked" continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of "Wicked" worldwide: New York, London, Japan, Holland, Australian/Asian Tour and two concurrent North American National Tours.
"Wicked" features set design by Tony Award-winner Eugene Lee ("Ragtime," "Show Boat," "Candide" and "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.
Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about "Wicked," log on to http://www.wickedthemusical.com .
Tickets are on sale through ArtTix outlets, online at ArtTix.org, by phone at (801) 355-ARTS (2787). "Wicked" will play July 18 through Aug. 26 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Showtimes are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 6:30 p.m., with matinees Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.
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