San Francisco Wicked to Close in September

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The San Francisco production of the Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked will play its final performance at the Orpheum Theatre Sept. 5.

When it closes, the production will have played 660 performances and 12 previews.

In a statement producer David Stone said, "Seven years ago, the first Wicked company came to San Francisco to develop this show and present the world premiere prior to Broadway. The entire creative team immersed themselves in the show's launch at the Curran Theatre. San Francisco embraced us then, made us feel welcome, and supported us as we did our work. We feel a special connection here in the Bay Area, and this extended engagement has allowed us to become an integral part of San Francisco. Wicked has had great success in every city it has played, but it is perhaps most gratifying to have had such a successful run in the city we call home."

Wicked made its world premiere in San Francisco on May 28, 2003, prior to arriving on Broadway. The musical returned to San Francisco in August 2005 to play a limited six-week engagement. On Jan. 27, 2009, the show returned home to San Francisco to play this current extended Bay Area engagement.

The cast currently features Eden Espinosa as the misunderstood, green-faced witch Elphaba with Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda, Jody Gelb as Madame Morrible, Tom McGowan as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Nicolas Dromard as Fiyero, Paul Slade Smith as Doctor Dillamond, Deedee Magno Hall as Nessarose and Etai BenShlomo as Boq.

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 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.

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