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Posted: Feb. 10, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.
KALAMAZOO – After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2010 "Wicked," Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium April 24 — May 5. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Friday, Feb. 15.
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" is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello ("Take Me Out," "Love! Valour! Compassion!"), the popular production features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento ("Aida," "The Who's Tommy").
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.
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked" is the winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
"We are thrilled to host 'Wicked' for a return engagement," said Miller Auditorium marketing director Tracey Lawie. "Before our sold out 2010 run had even closed, we already had patrons asking when 'Wicked' might return. It's an honor to host such a high quality national tour and we can't wait to experience 'Wicked' with our community again."
Performances of "Wicked," playing April 24-May 5 at Miller Auditorium, located on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, are as follows:
Beginning Friday, Feb. 15, "Wicked" tickets will be available by calling 269-387-2300 or 800-228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.