The touring company of the Stephen Schwartz musical — co-starring Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba and Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda — will play Seattle's Paramount Theatre Sept. 20-Oct. 1, 2006. For more information about the Washington venue, visit www.theparamount.com.
As of press time, the complete list of Wicked tour dates follows:
Fox Theatre in St. Louis (Nov. 16-Dec. 4)
The Bushnell in Hartford (Dec. 7-18)
Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (Dec. 21-Jan. 15)
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa Bay (Jan. 18-Feb. 5)
Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale (Feb. 8–19, 2006)
Benedum Center in Pittsburgh (Feb. 22-March 5)
Aronoff Center in Cincinnati (March 7–19)
Academy of Music in Philadelphia (March 22-April 9)
Opera House in Boston (April 12-May 14)
The Fox Theatre in Atlanta (May 17–28)
Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit (May 30-June 18)
State Theatre in Cleveland (June 21-July 9)
Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis (July 12-23)
San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego (July 26–August 6)
Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa (Aug. 9-20)
ASU's Gammage Auditorium in Tempe (Aug. 23-Sept. 3)
Paramount Theatre in Seattle (Sept. 20-Oct. 1)
Canon Theatre in Toronto (Oct. 7-Nov. 19)
Buell Theatre in Denver (May 16-June 3, 2007)
Based on 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, who repeated his duties for the tour — continues to play the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets for Wicked's national tour are available by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 902-1400.
For more information about Wicked visit www.wickedthemusical.com.