WICKED IN MANILA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WITCHES OF OZ

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Before Dorothy dropped by Oz, there was the story of an unlikely friendship between two girls named Elphaba and Glinda. 'Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz' the musical opened its Manila run just last week to a standing ovation! The biggest blockbuster in Broadway is now in the country, with shows at the CCP Main Theater.

Winner of 50 major awards including a Grammy®, 3 Tony Awards®, and 6 Helpmann Awards, WICKED will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Broadway this October. The musical has been Broadway’s #1 show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years and has thrilled over 37 million audience members worldwide over the last decade.





WICKED is a brilliant re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. It is the untold tale of the Witches of Oz. 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, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

The extraordinary musical features a dazzling display of glitz, glamour, and spell-binding special effects. Every little detail comes together to conjure the fantastic world of Oz for audiences – from 200 costumes designed by Tony Award® winner Susan Hilferty, with some cast members making up to eight costume changes, to a set by Tony Award® winner Eugene Lee that features a myriad of moving parts and stunning flying effects.

Currently approaching its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, WICKED’s North American and international companies have cumulatively grossed over US$3 billion. WICKED has been seen by over 7 million people at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway since it first opened in October 2003, and has repeatedly broken box office records,regularly grossing in excess ofUS$1.8million a week.

WICKED also holds the record for the highest grossing week in London’s West End where it is approaching its 8th triumphant year, as well as in the North American touring market. It also set new record highs in Tokyo and Stuttgart, and in Australia, where it was seen by over 1.5 million people during the three-year tour.

Manila audiences were treated to unbelievable performances by top-class Australian entertainers Jemma Rix and Suzie Mathers, who play the leading ladies Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. Rix garnered a Helpmann Award nomination in 2011 for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her turn as Elphaba, while Mathers was nominated as Best Newcomer at the 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards.

The production also feature some of the top stage performers from Australia and New Zealand, including Jay Laga’aia, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Steve Danielsen, Glen Hogstrom, Emily Cascarino and Edward Grey.

“As WICKED prepares to celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, we are very excited to add Manila to the long list of international cities that have welcomed the show,” said WICKED producers Marc Platt and David Stone. “We trust that audiences there will embrace and celebrate its powerful storytelling and universal themes as warmly as those in North America, the U.K., Japan, Germany, Holland, and Australia.”

“It is a privilege to present WICKED in Manila,” said producer James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and presenter of WICKED in Manila. “It is a unique musical created for 21st Century audiences, which I know will warm the hearts of Filipino theatre-goers.” Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has brought a number of major productions to Manila including Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia!

Bambi Rivera-Verzo, Executive Producer of Concertus Manila shared, “When WICKED premiered in Singapore in 2011, a lot of Filipinos flew there to catch the show, and that’s a good indicator of how ready local theatre audiences are for WICKED to cast its spell in Manila.

”Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and a book by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Once and Again, and thirtysomething). The production features musical staging by Wayne Cliento and is directed by Lisa Leguillou, based on the original direction by Joe Mantello.

WICKED is guaranteed to leave both young and old Filipino theatre-goers spellbound with a story that tugs at the heartstrings, and features spectacular costumes, thrilling technical wizardry, and a phenomenal musical score that will keep audiences coming back for more!



TicketWorld is proud to offer Emerald Evenings, a special package available upon request for corporate clientele inclusive of cocktails and snacks before the start of the show. Companies may avail of Spellbound Suites, a full season Parterre Box booking that will charm VIPs with the best seats every night. For family and friends who want to experience defying gravity together while watching WICKED,they may book a Popular Box of six lower box seats, originally priced at Php 4,500.00 each, for only Php 25,000.00.

The Philippine season of WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, David Stone, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and John Frost. It is presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, 105.9 Radio High, and Concertus in association with WICKED Worldwide. Its Presenting Sponsors are SMART Infinity and VISA. Other major sponsors are Diamond Hotel and OOCL.

TICKET PRICES:

Emerald: PhP 7,000.00
A Reserve: PhP 5,800.00
B Reserve: PhP 4,500.00
C Reserve: PhP 3,500.00
D Reserve: PhP 2,250.00
E Reserve: PhP 1,750.00

For more information, visit www.wickedthemusical.com.ph. or call Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999 for tickets.

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