Broadway's Biggest Blockbuster Returns To Shea's!

April 26, 2011 Updated Apr 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM EDT

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Broadway's Biggest Blockbuster Returns To Shea's!

April 26, 2011 Updated Apr 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY –( release) After breaking box office records and selling out in 2008, WICKED, the smash-hit musical, will return to Shea’s Performing Arts Center, in Buffalo, NY from April 27 – May 22.

The show has been selling well, and any remaining tickets will be available for purchase by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked and www.sheas.org as well as the Shea’s Ticket Office.

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.

The performance schedule is as follows:
April 27, 28, May 3-5, May 10-12, May 17-19 7:30 p.m.
April 30; May 7, 14, 21 2 p.m.
April 28; May 1, 8, 15 & 22 1 p.m.
April 29, 30; May 6,7, 13,14, 20, 21 8 p.m.
May 1, 8, 15, 22 6:30 p.m.

“We are very excited that we have secured the return of WICKED for Buffalo. WICKED continues to be the most requested show among our patrons,” said Shea’s Performing Arts Center President Tony Conte.

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 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 is part of the Shea’s M & T Bank Broadway Series, presented by Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Albert Nocciolino...co-sponsored
Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway.

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