The national tour of the hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked
, which is currently playing Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts through April 15, has announced an initial list of 2008 tour dates.
The production, which co-stars Victoria Matlock as Elphaba and Christina Decicco as Glinda, will kick off the new year with a return engagement at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for the Arts Jan. 9-Feb. 3, 2008. Also scheduled are stops in Ft. Lauderdale (a return to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, March 12-April 6), Rochester (Auditorium Theatre, May 28-June 15) and Buffalo (Shea's Performing Arts Center, June 18-July 13). Additional venues will be announced at a later date.
tour dates for 2007 follow.
April 18-May 6 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas
May 9-June 3 at the Buell Theatre in Denver
June 6-17 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City
June 20-July 8 at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus
July 11-22 at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing
July 25-Aug. 19 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia
Sept. 12-Oct. 14 at the Opera House in Boston
Nov. 14-Dec. 9 at the Bushnell in Hartford
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.
The Broadway company, directed by Joe Mantello, plays the Gershwin Theatre. Wicked
also plays open-ended engagements in Chicago, London and Los Angeles.
For more information visit www.wickedthemusical.com