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April 18, 2008
'Wicked' this way comes?


There’s good news and bad news coming out of SHN regarding its 2008-09 Best of Broadway season in San Francisco. The company has announced a “sit-down, open-ended engagement” of “Wicked” beginning in late January 2009 at the Orpheum Theatre. Meaning the uber-hit musical will be just 90 minutes down the road for the forseeable future.

That’s the good news - but also the bad for Sacramento. Because it probably pushes any potential Sacramento dates for the phenomenally successful show back to 2010, according to Richard Lewis, executive producer of California Musical Theatre and Broadway Sacramento.

Lewis was hoping to get “Wicked” in 2009 and still could - but now, he’s not as hopeful.

“Wicked” had its world premeire in San Francisco at the Curran Theatre on May 28, 2003, before moving to Broadway and opening at the Gershwin Theatre on Oct. 30, 2003. It has been virtually sold out since, reigning as Broadway’s highest-grossing show.

The musical recently set records for the highest one-week box office take in each of its four North American markets: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and the National Tour.

And early next year, you, too, can check out how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch got to be that way. You’ll just have to do it in San Francisco.

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