According to the show's official website, the hit Stephen Schwartz musical will return to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Feb. 21-March 11, 2007.
As previously reported, the musical about a pair of unlikely witches will play second engagements at Toronto's Canon Theatre Oct. 6-Nov. 19, 2006, 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.
The Wicked tour — which features Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba (Julia Murney replaces Block beginning March 8) and Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda — begins its run at Ft. Lauderdale's Broward Center Feb. 8. The musical will play the Florida venue through Feb. 19 before heading to Pittsburgh's Benedum Center on Feb. 22. For a complete list of Wicked tour dates, visit www.wickedthemusicaltour.com.
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.