Nashville On Stage: Wicked plays TPAC
Broadway’s biggest blockbuster returns to Nashville

Gina Beck and Alison Luff as Glenda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked, now playing at TPAC.

Gina Beck and Alison Luff as Glenda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked, now playing at TPAC.

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2009 and 2011, Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Nashville and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a four-week engagement from March 26 to April 20.

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…).

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked, won 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards.

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.

Tickets may be purchased at tpac.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets now by calling 615-782-4060.

Evening performances are at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays; and at 6:30 pm on Sundays. Matinee performances are at 2 pm on Saturdays and at 1 pm on Sundays.

“The national tour of Wicked is a phenomenon that continues to captivate Nashville audiences,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president/chief executive officer. “Each of the show’s previous three-week engagements here at TPAC was seen by more than 57,000 people, and it remains one of the most requested titles each year. We are absolutely thrilled to have it back—and with an additional week to accommodate the public demand.”

Wicked celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 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. Broadway’s #1 show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years, Wicked has been declared “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety and ‘The Best Musical of the Decade’ by Entertainment Weekly.

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 supervisor. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.
The Grammy Award-winning cast recording is available on Decca Broadway. For more information about Wicked, log on to the official website at www.wickedthemusical.com.

For over three decades, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 11 million audience members and served more than 1.5 million students and educators with performances at TPAC, resources for teachers, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs for adults. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the annual series of HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies, including: Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre.