Wicked to return for New Orleans shows

NEW ORLEANS — After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2010, Wicked, a Broadway blockbuster, will return to New Orleans to the Mahalia Jackson Theater, May 8 to June 2. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale at 11 a.m. March 8.

With music and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is directed by two-time Tony-award winner Joe Mantello and features musical staging by Tony-award winner Wayne Cilento.

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy 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 will return to the Mahalia Jackson Theater beginning May 8. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and an additional matinee performance May 9 at 2 p.m.

“After a three year hiatus, we are very excited for the return of Wicked to New Orleans, said David Skinner, Mahalia Jackson Theater general manager. “I couldn’t think of a better way to end what has been a thrilling Broadway season than close out a high-quality production such as Wicked.”

Ticket prices start as low as $50 and will be available at the theater box office, BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, Ticketmaster.com/Wicked, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-982-2787. Group discounts for 20 or more are available by calling 504-287-0372.

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, visit WickedtheMusical.com or BroadwayInNewOrleans.com.

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, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Wicked has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston to name a few.

Called “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety, Wicked continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of Wicked worldwide: New York; London; Japan; Holland; Australian/Asian Tour; and two concurrent North American National Tours.

Wicked features set design by Tony-award winner Eugene Lee, costume design by Tony-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Tony-nominee Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Meola. Stephen Oremus is the show’s musical director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

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