from the LA Times... just an excerpt!
It's coming back? That's wicked!
Fans have something to scream about as the 'Oz'-themed musical plans a long return to Los Angeles.
By Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
Legions of young fans love "the green girl" that is, Elphaba, a teenage incarnation of the much-maligned Wicked Witch of the West in the Broadway musical "Wicked."
The glossy $14-million show, which came to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for about seven weeks last summer, played to sell-out crowds dominated by screaming tweens and their patient parents, many willing to wait in lines of 400 to 1,000 in hopes of snagging a last-minute ticket to the wildly popular prequel to the "Wizard of Oz" story.
Now, the producers are banking on the girl-power story of the friendship of the good witch and the "green girl" bad witch to bring them more green in Los Angeles.
Early next year, "Wicked" will return to the Pantages for a longer stay. After racking up what the producers report is a combined $350 million from its Broadway production, a North American tour and an open-ended production in Chicago, "Wicked" moves into the Pantages in February with a new, yet-to-be-cast production of the show for Los Angeles.
The musical, which made it bow on Broadway in 2003, will open Feb. 21 after about two weeks of preview performances, Marc Platt, one of the show's producers, said late last week at his office at Universal Studios. The new production has yet to be cast, Platt said. Tickets, which will range from $25 to $88, initially will be available only to subscribers of the Pantages' Broadway/L.A. theater series. Martin Wiviott, who runs the series, said tickets will go on sale in September or October. etc.