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WICKED Is Coming to Honolulu! Broadway's Biggest Blockbuster Comes to the Blaisdell Concert HallLimited Eight-Week Touring Engagement November 24, 2012 - January 16, 2013; By Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman Based on the Novel by Gregory Maguire (March 21, 2012)
HONOLULU, HI -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/12 -- WICKED will debut at Honolulu's Blaisdell Concert Hall on November 24, 2012! After breaking box office records and selling out across the country, WICKED has added Honolulu to its 2012-2013 tour, with performances scheduled for November 24, 2012 to January 16, 2013. Group ticket order forms can be accessed through Broadway In Hawaii.
At the largest group sales kickoff event ever, Honolulu WICKED tickets for groups of 20 or more went on sale at an exclusive welcome reception, featuring performers from the hit musical and producer David Stone as the guest speaker. Groups of 20 or more may buy tickets by calling (808) 593-2468 or downloading an order form at Broadway In Hawaii. Groups of 20+ enjoy a 10 percent discount, significant savings on ticketing fees, and are strongly urged to purchase their WICKED tickets early to guarantee the best seats in the house! Singles need not despair... an array of excellent WICKED seating options will be available once tickets go on sale to the general public.
"Honolulu patrons have been asking about WICKED for years and are tremendously supportive of our efforts to bring the national touring production to Hawaii," says Broadway in Hawaii's marketing chief, Bruce Granath. "It is a great honor to be able to host the national tour of WICKED and introduce Hawaii to this musical phenomenon. Our local audiences are very welcoming and we know that WICKED will receive an incredible response once it reaches the beautiful shores of Oahu."
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.
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 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.
Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.
Casting for the forthcoming national tour stop will be announced at a later date.
About The Blaisdell Concert Hall
The Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall is Hawaii's premier performing arts theater for the Honolulu Symphony and the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Broadway productions such as Beauty and the Beast, RIVERDANCE, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, RENT, Miss Saigon, Chicago, CATS and other national touring shows have performed here. This magnificent theater seats, 2,158 people in luxurious comfort. With continental seating a proscenium stage and modern lighting and sound systems, the Concert Hall can also be used for plenary sessions, symposiums and other large meetings.
About Broadway In Hawaii / MagicSpace Entertainment
Broadway In Hawaii has been presenting the very best touring Broadway productions at Honolulu's Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall and the historic Hawaii Theater since 1999. Most recently, our sold-out engagement of Disney's Beauty and the Beast took Hawaii by storm and CATS was the hottest family ticket during the holidays. Its CATS fundraiser for Kapi'olani Medical Center was an incredible success, earning Hawaii's favorite non-profit charity thousands of dollars! In December 2011, Broadway In Hawaii / MagicSpace Entertainment presented the Hawaii premiere of RIVERDANCE. It took 16 years for this international Irish dancing phenomenon to reach Honolulu. Over the next few seasons, we hope to present more long overdue, top quality shows in Honolulu, including the world's favorite musical, WICKED.
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