By Andrew Gans
17 Oct 2008
Matt Lenz will direct the concert, which celebrates Wicked's fifth anniversary on Broadway. The evening, which will feature musical direction by Ben Cohn, benefits the New York Restoration Project.
Currently scheduled to take part in the 7:30 PM concert are Grammy winner Ashanti, Shoshana Bean, Joy Behar, Stephanie J. Block, Mario Cantone, Kerry Ellis, Michelle Federer, Mark Indelicato, Kendra Kassebaum, Matthew Settle and Jennifer Laura Thompson. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
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In the upcoming concert, press notes state, "Wicked composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and book writer Winnie Holzman will share some of the scenes and songs from early drafts of the musical blockbuster. . . .Featuring never-before-seen material performed publicly for the first time, as well as songs cut during the show's development and pre-Broadway engagement, this one-night-only event will tell the story of Wicked the way it's never been told before and will illuminate the various paths the writers took in creating what has become one of the most popular Broadway musicals."
Wicked features a score by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The creative team also includes scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Meola, projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, music supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus, orchestrations by William David Brohn and dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.
Tickets for the concert, priced $100-$250 (performance only) and $350-$1,000 (VIP seats), are now available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information visit www.wickedthemusical.com.