Nov 7, 2011

BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER TO RETURN TO DPAC, DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER MAY 2-27.

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

WICKED

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE


Durham, NC – After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2010, WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to the Triangle May 2-27. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Monday, February 13. Friends of DPAC members will receive a one week exclusive online purchase opportunity beginning 11/28. Becoming a Friend of DPAC is free, and you can register at www.DPACnc.com/friendofdpac.

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.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Monday, February 13:
• Online at DPACnc.com
• DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
• Ticketmaster.com/wicked or Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000
• Ticketmaster outlets including Crabtree Valley Mall and Wal-Mart
• Group tickets are already available for reservations: 10% off groups of 20+ for select performances. Call 919-281-0587 or email [email protected] for details.


Performance schedule as follows:

May 2: 7:30 PM
May 3: 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
May 4: 8:00 PM
May 5: 2:00 PM & 8:00PM
May 6: 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM
May 8-10: 7:30 PM
May 11: 8:00 PM
May 12: 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
May 13: 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM
May 15-17 2012: 7:30 PM
May 18, 2012: 8:00 PM
May 19, 2012: 2:00 PM & 8:00PM
May 20, 2012: 1:00 PM & 6:30PM
May 22-24 2012: 7:30 PM
May 25, 2012: 8:00 PM
May 26, 2012: 2:00 PM & 8:00PM
May 27, 2012: 1:00 PM & 6:30PM

“I’m ecstatic that we have secured a return of WICKED for DPAC. It was a thrill to have so much excitement at DPAC during its first sold out 4 weeks in 2010 and the return is sure to only bring even more,” said Durham Performing Arts Center GM, Bob Klaus. “WICKED is a live entertainment experience like no other!”

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, 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, 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 www.wickedthemusical.com.

*As a note to all calendar listing editors, the title of the show is WICKED (not WICKED: A New Musical or WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz).

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