Wicked Tour to Play Canada in 2008

News   Wicked Tour to Play Canada in 2008 The national tour of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Wicked will return to Canada in 2008.

The tour, according to the official Wicked website, will play an engagement at Ottawa's National Arts Centre Aug. 13-31, 2008.

Carmen Cusack and Katie Rose Clarke star as, respectively, the green-faced Elphaba and the curly-locked Glinda in the Wicked tour. The national company also currently features Alma Cuervo as Madame Morrible, Lee Wilkof as the Wizard, Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond, Cliffton Hall as Fiyero, Deedee Magno Hall as Nessarose and Brad Weinstock as Boq.

The Wicked tour begins its engagement at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis Dec. 12 (to Jan. 6, 2008), before heading to the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, OH, Jan. 9.

With a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, after a summer tryout at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.

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 can also be seen in New York at the Gershwin Theatre, in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre, in Chicago at the Ford Center's Oriental Theatre, in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and in Tokyo, Japan. A German-language production of Wicked opened in Stuttgart Nov. 15; the Australian production will begin in Melbourne July 12, 2008.

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

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