Wicked returns to the Aronoff; tickets go on sale this month

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After breaking box office records during its last visit to the Aronoff Center, WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to Cincinnati, November 2-26 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati.

Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Friday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m. and may be purchased from an authorized ticket agent in person at the Broadway in Cincinnati Box Office downtown in the Mercantile Center at 120 East 4th Street, online at www.Ticketmaster.com/Wicked, www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, or by phone at 800-982-2787.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who's Tommy, How To Succeed…).

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

"We are overjoyed to celebrate the return of WICKED to Cincinnati this November", said Broadway in Cincinnati General Manager, Genevieve Miller. "This spectacular show is an audience favorite with immense appeal, and we look forward to this title bringing a spirit of excitement to downtown Cincinnati and the Tri-State area. We're all looking forward to experiencing the thrill of WICKED again."

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED has "cast quite a spell" (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston to name a few.

Called "a cultural phenomenon" by Variety and named "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, WICKED continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of WICKED worldwide, including two North American tours, a Broadway production, London production, a Japanese-language production, a German-language production and Australian production. A Dutch-language production of WICKED will open in November 2011.

WICKED features set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty (Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony nominee Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the show's musical director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

WICKED will play The Aronoff Center from November 2-26: Tuesdays-Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sundays at 1:00PM and 6:30PM, Thursday, November 3rd at 1:00PM, Monday, November 21 at 8:00PM and Friday, November 25th at 1:00PM . Tickets start at $27.50 and may be purchased starting August 26, online at Ticketmaster.com/Wicked, BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, in person at the Broadway in Cincinnati Box Office downtown in the Mercantile Center at 120 East 4th Street, the Aronoff Center Box Office or by phone at 800.982.2787. For groups of 20 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363.

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Grammy Award-winning cast recording available on Decca Broadway.

For more information about WICKED, log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.