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Pictorial: The Magic of ‘Wicked’ Returns to the Music City

Wicked is back in Nashville at Tennessee Performing Arts Center today (March 26) through April 20 after breaking box office records here in 2009 and 2011. ArtsNash was there Tuesday as the production company did its “load in” at Andrew Jackson Hall.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, 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…). It is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical has won 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards.

Wicked celebrated its 10th Anniversary last Oct. 30.  There are currently nine productions of the musical worldwide: New York, London, Japan (Tokyo), Australia/New Zealand, South Korea (Seoul), Latin America (Mexico City),  a U.K. Tour, and two concurrent North American National Tours.  It has been Broadway’s top ticket for an unprecedented nine consecutive years.

Day-of-performance lotteries for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for the show: Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the TPAC 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. (Tickets are on sale at tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For group tickets, call (615) 782-4060.)

For a full schedule of performance times, visit tpac.org.

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About Rick Malkin

Rick Malkin is a professional photographer and drummer who loves the arts and regularly performs with other musicians at Boiler Room Theatre and elsewhere while shooting publicity stills for many performing arts productions. He owns and operates Rick Malkin Photography.