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WICKED on Stage in Little Rock Through Oct. 6

Tickets available for evening and matinee performances starting at $43.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Performances of the Broadway hit WICKED begin tonight at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The limited two week engagement runs through Oct. 6.

The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

There is also a special Matinee performance on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. A signed performance for the hearing impaired is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $43.

A day-of-performance lottery is being held during the engagement for a limited number of orchestra seats. Two and one-half hours before each performance, people who come to the Robinson Center box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

WICKED is the untold story 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.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at (501) 244-8800 or 800-982-ARTS (2787), in person at Celebrity Attractions and all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at Ticketmaster.com/wicked.

WICKED kicks off the Celebrity Attractions’ 2013-2014 Broadway Season in Little Rock, which also includes Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HELLO, DOLLY! (starring Sally Struthers) and HAIR.

WICKED Fun Facts (Note:  all facts are for Broadway, unless otherwise indicated)


*We use 250 pounds of dry ice per show on Broadway; we’ll probably use 200 pounds per show on the road.
 
*The electrics department uses enough power to supply approximately twelve houses.  Including the sound and automation departments, the total would increase to eighteen houses.
 
*We use 8-10 miles of cable in the electrics department on Broadway; we’ll probably use 4-5 miles of cable on the road.
 
*1,000 feet of steel cable have been used to restring the flying monkey wings during year one of the Broadway run.
 
*The carpentry department on Broadway has about 175,000 pounds of scenery, and uses about five miles of cable to automate it.
 
*The dragon’s eyes are red LED bulbs that never burn out.

*The dragon’s wingspan is the same as a Cessna 172.

*The “life casts” for the animal masks take 2-3 hours, and the person loses most of their senses (smell, sight, hearing, speech) during that time.

*The show has 90 wigs, using 70 during any given show.  All are made of human hair, and made individually for each actor, using their own hairline in the front.

*During the first big “quick change”, 17 actors change from the mob to students in 1.5 minutes (including costumes, wigs and shoes).

*There are 179 different types and finishes of leather used in shoes, gloves, hats and costume trim for WICKED.

WICKED FACTS & FIGURES (as of April 1, 2013)


Approaching its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, WICKED’s North American and international companies have cumulatively grossed over $2.9 billion and have been seen by over 36 million people worldwide. 

NORTH AMERICAN

The New York Times called WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and, more recently, the Times referred to WICKED as “the defining musical of the decade.”  

WICKED has been Broadway’s highest grossing show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years.

Over 7 million people have seen WICKED on Broadway since it began performances in the fall of 2003.

The Broadway production of WICKED has broken the house record at the Gershwin Theatre twenty one (21) times during the course of its run.  It regularly grosses in excess of $1.8 million each week.

WICKED has grossed a combined total of over $2.1 billion for its North American companies alone. 

Current advance sales for the Broadway production of WICKED are approximately $20 million as the show approaches its 10th Anniversary on Broadway. It is unprecedented for a show to maintain that level of advance sales so long after its initial debut.

In his coverage of the national touring production, Peter Marks, of The Washington Post, called WICKED, “a breathtaking success story of a magnitude that North America has not witnessed since the peak years of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.”

On national tour (which has been traveling across North America for 630 weeks), over 12 million people have seen WICKED.  There are currently two North American touring companies.

Since it began in March 2005, the national tour of WICKED has broken the house record in every single city in which it’s played, including Toronto, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Hartford, Washington D.C., Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, San Diego, Costa Mesa, Phoenix/Tempe, Portland, Seattle, Providence, Baltimore, Miami, East Lansing, Oklahoma City, Columbus, Charlotte, Orlando, Kansas City, Rochester, Buffalo, Ottawa, Minneapolis, Louisville, Appleton, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Omaha, Fort Myers, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Norfolk, Indianapolis, Memphis, Tulsa, Austin, Nashville, Des Moines, Wichita, Syracuse, Greenville, Dayton, Richmond, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Richmond, Toledo, Durham, Milwaukee, Madison, Little Rock, Kalamazoo, Tucson, Albuquerque, Fresno, Eugene, Boise, Spokane, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Las Vegas.

In St. Louis, the national tour of WICKED grossed $2,755,070 in a single week (week ending December 30, 2012), the highest weekly gross in North American touring history.

Chris Jones, of the Chicago Tribune, has called WICKED “the most popular piece of Chicago theatre in a generation.”

In Chicago (where the sit-down production concluded a run of over 3 ½ years – and 1,500 performances – on January 25, 2009), over 3.1 million people saw WICKED. The production grossed $206 million and, for the week ending January 4, 2009, took in $1,764,428, making it Chicago’s highest-grossing week ever.

In his review of the Los Angeles production, Charles McNulty, of the Los Angeles Times, stated that “WICKED is a phenomenon that keeps growing.”

WICKED opened a California production with a sit-down engagement at Los Angeles’ Pantages Theatre on February 21, 2007.  The production, which gave its final Los Angeles performance on January 11, 2009, was seen by over 1.8 million people and grossed over $145 million during its 100 week run. For the week ending January 4, 2009, WICKED broke the house record at the Pantages Theatre – with a box office gross of $2,579,945 – and became the highest grossing attraction in Los Angeles theatre history.

Chad Jones, of the San Francisco Chronicle, called WICKED, "the San Francisco-born musical that has conquered the world.”

The California company moved to San Francisco (where WICKED had its pre-Broadway world premiere in May 2003) for a sit-down engagement at the Orpheum Theatre which opened February 6, 2009 and concluded on September 5, 2010. The production grossed $90 million in an 84-week run. For the week ending February 15, 2009, WICKED grossed $1,459,610, breaking the San Francisco one-week box office record.
 
WICKED’s second national tour kicked off on March 7, 2009 in Fort Myers, FL.

The three North American companies of WICKED cumulatively gross an average of $5 million per week.

WICKED has won 35 major awards, including the Grammy Award, the Olivier Award, three Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical.

In November 2006, the Grammy Award winning (Best Musical Show Album) original cast recording of WICKED was certified “Platinum” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and it now has sales of over 2.5 million copies in print (“Double Platinum”).

The novel “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire, published in 1995, has sold 5 million copies, with 4.5 million of those sold since 2003 when the musical opened. Buoyed by the musical’s success, the novel still appears on bestseller lists 17 years after its initial publication. 

THE GRIMMERIE, WICKED’s official companion book about the making of the musical, has sold nearly 250,000 copies, making it the best-selling book of its kind in theatre history.

Merchandise sales for WICKED (t-shirts, caps, jewelry, stuffed toys, etc.) have exceeded $150 million, making it the fastest selling show-related merchandise in history.

WICKED currently has over 1 million fans on Facebook.

INTERNATIONAL

The Times recently called the London production of WICKED "the biggest thing in musicals since THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA opened 24 years ago" and The Observer has called it "one of the biggest hits of our age."

WICKED opened in London’s West End on September 27, 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It created London theatre history by selling over £100,000 worth of tickets in its first half-hour of sales. It has since gone on to set the all-time record for highest weekly gross in West End history with the week ending January 2, 2011, taking in £1,002,885.  

The London production of WICKED has played for over 6 years and over 2,500 performances. It is consistently the highest-grossing show in the West End. 

A U.K. tour will launch in Manchester, England in September, 2013 and will tour for two years.

In his review of the Japanese language production, Hitomi Hagio, of The Tokyo, called WICKED “a spectacular entertainment with deep emotions and a serious message.”

A Japanese language production of WICKED opened in Tokyo on June 17, 2007 at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre and played to consistent capacity crowds through September 6, 2009. The production moved to Osaka on October 11, 2009 and has subsequently played in Fukuoka and Nagoya and will return to Tokyo in summer, 2013.

In his review of the German language production, Tim Schleider, of Stuttgarter Zeitung, proclaimed, “there is no doubt, Wicked is the most entertaining, the liveliest, the most colorful and, above all, the smartest production that we have seen at the Stuttgart Musical Centre.”

A German language production of WICKED opened in Stuttgart on November 15, 2007 at the Stuttgart Musical Centre and played to capacity crowds through January 29, 2010. The production moved to Oberhausen on March 5, 2010 and played through September 4, 2011.

In his review of the Australian production, John Bailey of The Age raved, “this dazzling entertainment more than justifies the hype.  WICKED has it all – the glitz and glamour and smiles, the anthemic tunes and mind-boggling sets. It also has a brain.”

The Australian production of WICKED began at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in June, 2008 and concluded its record-breaking run in August, 2009. It opened on September 5, 2009 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and concluded its run there on September 26, 2010  An Australian Tour began in January 2011 and played Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. This production recently completed engagements in Singapore and Seoul and will open in Auckland, New Zealand in fall, 2013.

In his review of the Dutch-language production, Patrick van den Hanenberg of De Volkskrant, called the musical, “Spectacular!  A musical with balls, brains and humour that turns reality on its head in an intelligent way,” and Esther Kleuver of Dagblad van het Noorden, called the musical, “one of the finest, biggest and best-produced musicals ever performed.”

The Dutch production of WICKED opened at The Hague’s Circustheater on November 6, 2011 and concluded its run on January 13, 2013.
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