BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER FLIES BACK TO MEMPHIS

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.

Due to pre-existing sales to subscribers and groups, there is a limited inventory of WICKED tickets to start with. It is likely that the Memphis engagement will sell out in record time. Patrons are urged to purchase their tickets to WICKED early. Tickets will be available at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office at 203 South Main Street or Davis-Kidd Booksellers, at all Ticketmaster centers (901-743-ARTS) and at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked. For more information, please visit the Orpheum Theatre’s website at www.orpheum-memphis.com.

The Performance schedule is as follows:
Wed, Oct 13
7:30 PM
Thu, Oct 14
2:00 PM (mat.) / 7:30 PM (eve.)
Fri, Oct 15
8:00 PM
Sat, Oct 16
2:00 PM (mat.) / 8:00 PM (eve.)
Sun, Oct 17
1:30 PM (mat.) / 7:00 PM (eve.)
Tue, Oct 19
7:30 PM
Wed, Oct 20
7:30 PM
Thu, Oct 21
7:30 PM
Fri, Oct 22
8:00 PM
Sat, Oct 23
2:00 PM (mat.) / 8:00 PM (eve.)
Sun, Oct 24
1:30 PM (mat.) / 7:00 PM (eve.)
Tue, Oct 26
7:30 PM
Wed, Oct 27
7:30 PM
Thu, Oct 28
7:30 PM
Fri, Oct 29
8:00 PM
Sat, Oct 30
2:00 PM (mat.) / 8:00 PM (eve.)
Sun, Oct 31
1:30 PM (mat.) / 7:00 PM (eve.)

“We’re thrilled to welcome WICKED back to the theatre”, said Pat Halloran, President and CEO of The Orpheum. “Rarely has a show generated this level of excitement and enthusiasm. In 2009, WICKED drew over 58,000 fans, forty percent of whom came from outside Shelby County, resulting in a huge economic impact on our community. It’s clear to me – the Mid-South loves WICKED!”

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 just named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times, WICKED continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently eight productions of WICKED worldwide, including two North American tours, a Broadway production, San Francisco 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.