Wicked returns to Broward Center for the Performing Arts 3/30-4/24/11

Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster To Return To Broward Center For The Performing Arts On March 30th

Tickets On Sale Sunday December 12

By Stephen Schwartz And Winnie Holzman Based On The Novel By Gregory Maguire

Fort Lauderdale – After breaking box office records and selling out in record time at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in 2008 WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Ft. Lauderdale this Spring for a limited 4-week engagement. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Sunday, December 12 at 10:00a.m

Tickets are available at the Box Office 201 SW Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, by phone (954) 462-0222 or online at www.browardcenter.org. Group rates are available NOW for groups of 20 or more, and may be purchased by calling (954) 462-0222 or (954) 626-7814. Tickets range from $29 to $89. VIP Ticket Packages are available at select performances and include premium seating.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, 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…).

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.

CALENDAR LISTING Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway Across America-Fort Lauderdale present: WICKED Wednesday, March 30 – 8:00pm Thursday, March 31 – 2:00pm Thursday, March 31 – 8:00pm Friday, April 1 – 8:00pm Saturday, April 2 – 2:00pm Saturday, April 2 – 8:00pm Sunday, April 3 – 2:00pm Sunday, April 3 – 7:30pm

Tuesday, April 5 – 8:00pm Wednesday, April 6 – 8:00pm Thursday, April 7– 8:00pm Friday, April 8 – 8:00pm Saturday, April 9 – 2:00pm Saturday, April 9 – 8:00pm Sunday, April 10 – 2:00pm Sunday, April 10 – 7:30pm

Tuesday, April 12 – 8:00pm Wednesday, April 13 – 8:00pm Thursday, April 14 – 8:00pm Friday, April 15 – 8:00pm Saturday, April 16 – 2:00pm Saturday, April 16 – 8:00pm Sunday, April 17– 2:00pm Sunday, April 17– 7:30pm

Tuesday, April 19 – 8:00pm Wednesday, April 20 – 8:00pm Thursday, April 21 – 2:00pm Thursday, April 21 – 8:00pm Friday, April 22 – 8:00pm Saturday, April 23 – 2:00pm Saturday, April 23 – 8:00pm Sunday, April 24 – 2:00pm

Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theatre 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

“Broward Center for the Performing Arts was home to the South Florida debut of the acclaimed Broadway musical, Wicked, and we are thrilled to see it return to the Au Rene stage in our 20th anniversary celebration season,” said Kelley Shanley, President/CEO, Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “This show has certainly had a significant impact on theater audiences worldwide, and South Florida has been no exception. Its broad appeal to audiences of all ages and the universal theme of self-discovery make it a memorable musical experience for all who attend. We know many theater-goers return to Wicked time and time again, and we look forward to welcoming them here in Spring 2011.” 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, DC, Philadelphia and Boston to name a few. Called “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety and named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times, WICKED continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of WICKED worldwide, including two North American tours, a Broadway production, London production, a Japanese-language production, a German-language production and Australian production. A Dutch-language production of WICKED will open in 2011. WICKED features set design by Tony® Award winner Eugene Lee (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony® winner Susan Hilferty (Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony® nominee Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the show’s musical director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

*As a note to all calendar listing editors, the title of the show is WICKED (not WICKED: A New Musical or WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz).

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