Sacramento gets ‘Wicked’
“Wicked,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Pippin,” “Godspell,” Academy Award winner for “Pocahontas” and “The Prince of Egypt”) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”) based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, opens on Wednesday, May 28, for a three-week engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater.
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. “Wicked” tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the “Wicked” Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
“Wicked” stars Emma Hunton as Elphaba, Gina Beck as Glinda, Alison Fraser as Madame Morrible and Tim Kazurinsky as The Wizard.
The company also features Nick Adams (Fiyero), Jenny Florkowski (Nessarose), Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond), Jesse JP Johnson (Boq) and Emmy Raver-Lampman (Standby for Elphaba), with Shayla Beck, Dina Bennett, Nikki Bohne, Lauren Boyd, Kyle Brown, Nirine S. Brown, Rick Desloge, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald, Dominic Giudici, Brenda Jean Hamilton, Spencer Jones, Sheila Karls, Ryan Patrick Kelly, Trevor Ryan Krahl, Rebecca Kritzer, Marina Lazzaretto, Alison Leo, Marissa Lupp, Raymond Joel Matsamura, Jonathan McGill, Kevin McMahon, Shanon Mari Mills, Christopher Russo and Daniel Switzer.
The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (“Take Me Out,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!,” “The Vagina Monologues”) and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (“Aida,” “The Who’s Tommy,” “How To Succeed…”). “Wicked,” winner of more than 50 major awards, including a Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
“Wicked” currently has nine productions around the world, in New York, London, Japan, Australasian Tour, South Korea, Latin America, a U.K. Tour, and two concurrent North American National Tours. Since its New York premiere a decade ago, “Wicked”has grossed more than $3.3 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 40 million across the globe.”Wicked” has been performed in more than 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish and Korean.
Performances of “Wicked” at the Community Center Theater are May 28 through June 15 on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. There are two Sunday evening performances, June 1 & 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $38 and are available by calling (916) 557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Tickets are also available at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L St. in Sacramento, by calling (916) 808-5181 or online at Tickets.com (convenience fees apply to online ticket purchases). There is an eight-ticket limit per person. Ticket availability for many performances is extremely limited, and this three-week engagement will sell out. Weeknight performances currently have the best availability.
For more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com.