Wicked in Los Angeles
“So Much Happened Before Dorothy Dropped In”
There is perhaps no other show currently playing which makes the audience cry, sigh, smile and laugh in equal measure throughout its duration. The award winning musical is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and has captivated audiences the world over.
Featuring lifelike set designs, multifaceted memorable characters, beautiful vivid costumes and an award winning sound track, the show has transcended theater halls and gripped the imagination of audiences.
Out on a national tour, Wicked’s next stop is the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Get Wicked Los Angeles tickets to watch this award winning production live.
The Pantages Theater is a historic venue located at Hollywood and Vine on Hollywood Boulevard. With a capacity of around 2700, the theater was designed by legendary architect B. Marcus Priteca and was Alexander Pantages’ last Vaudeville Theater.
2 Hours 30 Minutes (with a 15 minute intermission)
Act 1: 90 minutes
Act 2: 60 minutes
A winner of three Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy Award, Wicked has become one of the most critically acclaimed productions to originate from Broadway in recent years. Set in the Wizard of Oz universe, and based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, the show revolves around the stories of the witches of Oz, Glinda the Good and Elphaba (Wicked Witch of the West).
After over 4600 successful performances, the show became the eleventh longest running Broadway show in history. Wicked’s success spawned numerous productions worldwide, including an Olivier Award nominated production at London’s West End.
Touring productions of the show currently hold box office records in London, St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angles. In January 2011, the Broadway, London and North American touring productions simultaneously broke records for their respective weekly gross.
Emma Hunton as Elphaba - “I don't cause commotions, I am one.”
The misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba’s descent into evil is intriguing and quite moving. Frustration, desperation and depression force her to believe that “no good deed goes unpunished” and she never does a good deed again. Emma Hunton brilliantly breathes new life into the role made famous by Idina Menzel.
Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda - “It's good to see me, isn't it? No need to respond! That was rhetorical.”
Chandra Lee Schwartz portrays Glinda the Good, the so called good witch in the world of Oz. However, the musical offers a different spin on how and why Glinda is considered “good.” Political correctness does play an important part in that.
Tim Kazurinsky as The Wizard – “The truth isn't a thing of fact, or reason. It's simply what everyone agrees on.”
The antagonist of the show, the Wizard of Oz is portrayed as a deceitful ruler who uses dishonesty and trickery to establish power over the Land of Oz. However, The Wizard is not evil in the traditional sense and is more of a figure head under the control of Madame Morrible. Saturday Night Live alumnus Tim Kazurinsky portrays the multi dimensional character brilliantly in this production.
Nick Adams as Fiyero - Elphaba’s love interest.
Etai BenShlomo as Boq - A Munchkin who has a crush on Glinda and befriends Elphaba to get to her.
Jud Williford as Dr. Dillamond – A professor at Shiz University. He’s a talking goat.
Kim Zimmer as Madame Morrible – Headmistress at Shiz University’s Crage Hall.
Jenny Florkowski as Nessarose – Elphaba’s younger sister.
The success of Wicked has hinged upon the phenomenal work done by its creative team. The list includes legendary names from the theater world, most of who have been honored for their work on the musical. The musical’s music and lyrics have been penned down by Stephen Schwartz, while the book has been written by Winnie Holzman.
Director: Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello is a very well known name in theater circles. He rose to prominence after delivering a Drama Desk Award winning performance for his role in the critically acclaimed play, Angels in America. After a successful career as an actor, he moved to direction and won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Take Me Out), a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical (Wicked) and a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Assassins).
Choreographer: Wayne Cilento
Wayne Cilento is an award winning choreographer, best known for his brilliant work on 1993’s hit musical, The Who’s Tommy. He won a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award for outstanding choreography for the production. He was also the choreographer for the critically acclaimed musical Aida.
Scenic Design: Eugene Lee
An American Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Eugene Lee is a legendary name in theater circles. The stalwart designer has worked on numerous productions, but the ones that stand out are Candide, Sweeny Todd and Wicked. He won Tony Awards for all three productions.
Costume Design: Susan Hilferty
Susan Hilferty is another renowned name in theater circles. Having worked in over three hundred productions worldwide, she has a wealth of experience at her disposal. She certainly put that experience to good use with Wicked, and won the Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for her work in the musical.
Lighting Design: Kenneth Posner
Posner is perhaps in a league of his own, in terms of his lighting designs. He has been nominated for a staggering ten Tony Awards and ten Drama Desk Awards for various projects. These include Wicked, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray and the Coast of Utopia.
The musical has been produced by David Stone, Marc Platt and Jon B. Platt.