Wicked Books Return Engagement in Philadelphia

News   Wicked Books Return Engagement in Philadelphia The national tour of Wicked, which is currently playing the Academy of Music through April 9, has already booked a return engagement at that Philadelphia theatre.

The hit Stephen Schwartz musical, which currently stars Julia Murney as Elphaba and Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda, will return to the Academy of Music July 25, 2007-Aug. 19, 2007. Tickets for the encore engagement, priced $30-$90, will go on sale April 9 at 9 AM ET by calling (215) 731-3333 or by visiting www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway.

As previously reported, the musical about a pair of unlikely witches will also play second engagements at Toronto's Canon Theatre Oct. 6-Nov. 19, 2006, Florida's Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Feb. 21-March 11, 2007, Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts March 28-April 15, 2007, Dallas' Music Hall at Fair Park April 18-May 6, 2007, and Denver's Buell Theatre May 16-June 3, 2007.

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, who repeated his duties for the tour — continues to play the Gershwin Theatre.

For more information about Wicked visit www.wickedthemusical.com.