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icked has been defying gravity — and the odds — ever since it premiered in 2005 at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre. It’s still there, having passed its 5,100th performance. Meanwhile, touring companies have taken this wonderfully witchy extravaganza W across the U.S. and to 13 other countries, wowing audiences from Stuttgart to Singapore, from Sydney to Seoul. More than 50 million people have seen Wicked, which is the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ season option for 2016-17. Season options — additional shows that aren’t part of the standard series package — are usually booked for only a handful of performances. Wicked, however, will set up shop in the Walt Disney Theater for nine days, January 11-29, 2017. Even so, don’t expect tickets to be easy to get. When the show last came to Orlando, �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� The number of shows, times and prices weren’t set at press time. But if you’re a season subscriber, you’ll get a chance to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Though it’s universally referred to as Wicked, the show’s full name is Wicked, the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. With a script by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is a reimagining of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. That 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire was loosely based on the L. Frank Baum children’s fantasy, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1909. The show, for the most part, takes place before Dorothy drops in, and explores the formative years of Elphaba, the “bad” witch, who’s bullied because her skin is green; and Glinda, the “good” witch, who’s both entitled and a bit of an airhead. Part of Wicked’s������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ realize. After all, as a popular ’70s-era pop song summarized it, Oz never gave nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have. And, of course, there’s the lavish, if slightly off-kilter, Edwardian costuming and the mind-blowing special effects, highlighted by the appearance of a dragon with a wingspan comparable to that of a Cessna. What are the chances of getting tickets? Excellent, if you're a season subscriber. You'll ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ you'll need to act quickly when the on-sale date is announced. After all, who knows when Wicked will come this way again? �� EVENT: Wicked, the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz SHOWS/DATES: January 11-29, 2017 VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The Broadway blockbuster is the 2016-17 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ season option. TICKETS: Tickets for season options are always offered to FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� available, six-show subscriptions may be purchased online at orlandobroadway. com, or by calling the Subscriber Service Center at 800.448.6322. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also visit the Florida Theatrical ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� to 5 p.m. weekdays. Prices for six-show subscriptions vary depending upon seat location, but start at $215. For groups of 10 or more, email Group Sales at groups@ drphillipscenter.org or call 407.455.5550. SPONSORED BY 68 artsLife | FALL 2016


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