Broadway's Wicked to Offer "Behind the Emerald Curtain" Tours

News   Broadway's Wicked to Offer "Behind the Emerald Curtain" Tours "Behind the Emerald Curtain," billed as "an exclusive behind-the-scenes journey through Wicked," will be available to Wicked fans in the near future.

A spokesperson for Wicked told Playbill.com that the New York City tours will be an ongoing event and will begin at a date to be announced shortly.

The tours will include a 20-minute film that features interviews with the creators of the hit show as well as footage from the New York and touring productions of the Stephen Schwartz musical. Participants will also be invited to visit the "Behind the Emerald Curtain" Museum, which includes Eugene Lee's set model and several of Susan Hilferty's Tony-winning Wicked costumes. Some of the current cast members of Wicked will also be on hand for a question-and-answer session.

Those interested in taking part in the Wicked tour may call (646) 797-6762 or e-mail wickedfan@hotmail.com.

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Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths. Wicked, with a book by Winnie Holzman, began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, with an official opening Oct. 30, 2003. The Broadway company — directed by Joe Mantello — continues to play the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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