Wicked Will Return to Pittsburgh and Atlanta in 2008

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The national tour of the hit musical Wicked will play return in engagements in Pittsburgh and Atlanta in 2008.

According to the official Wicked website, the Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical will play Pittsburgh's Benedum Center Sept. 3-Oct. 5 and Atlanta's Fox Theatre Oct. 8-Nov. 2.

The national tour of Wicked is currently playing the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, through April 6. Other tour dates include April 9-20 at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC; April 23-May 4 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando, FL; May 7-25 at the Music Hall in Kansas City, MO; May 28-June 15 at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY; June 18-July 13 at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY; July 17-Aug. 3 at the Wharton Center in East Lansing, MI; and Aug. 13-31 at the National Arts Center in Ottawa.

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.

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.

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, 2007; the Australian production will begin in Melbourne July 12. For more information about Wicked visit www.wickedthemusicaltour.com.

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