'Wicked' flying back to DPAC for third time

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

“Wicked,” the blockbuster Broadway musical, is coming back to the Durham Performing Arts Center for a third time. DPAC announced Monday that the production that sold out in 2010 and 2012 will return Jan. 7-25. Tickets go on sale Wednesday for groups of 15 or more, and season seat members can buy tickets starting May 19. Individual tickets go on sale Oct. 4.

“Wicked” is an adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel of the same name, which is itself an adaptation of Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” In “Wicked,” audiences meet a very different Wicked Witch of the West, rather a nice and studious – if green – college student named Elphaba. Her roommate is the bubbly Glinda. Elphaba and Glinda were originally played by stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, and the book is by Winnie Holzman. Joe Mantello directs. “Wicked” has received a Grammy and three Tony awards.

For group tickets, email groups@dpacnc.com or call 919-281-0587. Season ticket members can buy tickets May 19 at SunTrustBroadway.com and logging into their season account or by calling 919-680-2787.

“DPAC is honored to welcome back Wicked to DPAC. With 64 previous sellouts, we know that Triangle audiences cannot wait to see this show again,” said Bob Klaus,

DPAC is honored to welcome back “Wicked,” said DPAC General Manager Bob Klaus in a statement.

“Based on guest feedback from the 2010 and 2012 engagements, this is the very best Broadway show we have ever hosted and DPAC is the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind blockbuster. With world-class sound, great seating and views of the stage, plus our famous Red-Carpet Customer Service, DPAC stands ready to host the 65,000 guests that will come to Durham to see this hit show,” Klaus said in a release.

For more about the show, visit www.wickedthemusical.com.

The remaining Broadway tours in the current season are “American Idiot” April 29-30, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” May 8-13 and “Mamma Mia!” May 30-June 1. Next season’s shows include “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Kinky Boots” and “Motown the Musical.” For a full schedule, visit www.dpacnc.com.