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Celebrate a Year of Wicked in SF: The Women of Wicked In Conversation and Song

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

About a million or so folks have seen the fantastic open-ended run of San Francisco-born Wicked at our Orpheum Theatre  this past year. To help celebrate, you ought to go see The Women of WICKED In Conversation and Song on January 25th. Check it:

“In celebration of the show’s one year anniversary, The San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design will present The Women of WICKED In Conversation and Song featuring appearances by Academy Award-winning Actress Patty Duke, Teal Wicks and Kendra Kassebaum. The event takes place on Monday, January 25 at 7pm at the Museum of Performance & Design, located on the Fourth Floor of the Veteran’s Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister in San Francisco. For more information, visit the Museum’s website,”

Deets below. See you there! (Unless this performance just sold out, looking into it now….Uh oh, looks like it’s going to be tough to get into this one at this point, sorry to be a tease. But you, you’re resourceful – maybe you can figure out a way to get ticks at this late date.) 

Teal Wicks (with belt!) as Elphaba and Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda. They both do a great job:


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Read all about it, after the jump


Wicked at the Orpheum Theatre is Fantastic – See It Before It Leaves Us, Again

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Are you like me, are you living in the Bay Area and yet you almost made it through all the aughts without having seen the Greatest Play of the Aughts?

Wicked – tickets on sale now at the Orpheum Theatre – is not your grandfather’s Broadway-style musical. (Actually, your grandfather’s Broadway-style musical is called South Pacific and it features dorsal male nudity, singing sailors, and cross-dressing and it’s leaving the Golden Gate Theatre in just five short days on October 25th, 2009.)

Anywho, these days the way to get a smash hit musical is through the power of sisterhood and female empowerment. Fine. After all, “It’s the girls, stupid.”  But here’s the thing: Wicked is thoroughly enjoyable even if you’re not into sisterhood, empowerment ‘n stuff.

Teal Wicks (with belt!) as Elphaba and Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda. They both do a great job:


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So there I am looking at the spectacle that is the end of the first act, with the Green Witch singing about (and simultaneously) Defying Gravity, and I’m watching the dry ice vapor streaming down, cascading into the orchestra pit, and I’m thinking, “Well, this is something.”

Or, as some guy said:

“After the first act, I turned to my wife and said, ‘Wow, this is actually pretty good.'”

Quelle surprise,huh dude?

When you’re living in a town where Oktoberfest by the Bay costs $35 and all your entry fee gets you is the right to stand in line to get tokens to stand in line to get overpriced American beer to stand in line to look for a place to sit on the Dock of the Bay, it can be quite refreshing to see that you can get tickets to Wicked for $25 or $30, something like that.

El Teatro Grande de Orfeu en San Francisco:

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Find out why San Francisco feels like home for Wicked here. And here’s the Little Man review – he certainly seems pleased.

And check out the Yelpers – they just love, love, love the show. Now Yelpers, just for you, if you show up late don’t complain about the small TVs they make you watch as you wait 15 minutes to get seated. Really, you’re lucky they let you in during the first act at all.

(Speaking of seats, I’m six foot one and a ton a fun so it’s hard for me to set down in the old school Orpheum, San Francisco’s Elaborate Spanish Cathedral,without having one knee or the other bumping up against the metal seatbacks in front of me. Those seats were made for a thinner, shorter America. Oh well, I digress.)

Furthermore Yelpers, it’s not the Orpheum’s fault it’s hard to get a taxi after the show, it’s City policy right up there with “Transit First.” Find a buddy or two and just walk back to Union Square on Market Street – that might be quicker. Yelpers dismissed, carry on.

To recap: Fantastic, bargain, modern, amusing – it’s the greatest play of the aughts.

See you there!


(And don’t forget about the Behind the Emerald Curtain tour and the Halloween Spectacular at the ‘Zeum neither.)

All the deets:

“The Best Musical of the Year”
Time Magazine 

Winner of 3 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 follows these two unlikely friends and college roommates grow into very different women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. 

Based on the Novel by Gregory Maguire, the music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell) with a Book by Winnie Holzman.

Directed by Joe Mantello
Musical Staging by Wayne Cilento
Scenic Design by Eugene Lee
Costume Design by Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner
Sound Design by Tony Meola
Produced by Marc Platt, David Stone, Jon B. Platt 
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Winnie Holzman
Based on the Novel by Gregory Maguire

Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda
Teal Wicks as Elphaba
Patty Duke as Madame Morrible
David Garrison as The Wizard
Nicolas Dromard as Fiyero
Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond
Deedee Magno Hall as Nessarose
Eddy Rioseco as Boq

Audience:  Recommended age for children is 8 years and up. There is nothing of a vulgar or sexual nature, but there are adult themes. Everyone is required to have a ticket.  Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Orpheum Theater.

Run time:  2 hrs 45 mins. (Act 1: 1 hour 30 mins / Act II: 1 hour) with one 15 minute intermission

“Behind the Emerald Curtain” Tour – See How Wicked Gets Made at the Orpheum Theatre

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Orpheum Theatre (San Francisco’s “elaborate Spanish cathedral”) is offering a behind the scenes tour of Wicked on Saturdays and some Wednesdays starting tomorrow, October 17th, 2009 and going to January 2nd, 2010 (at the least). Get your tickets here and then, for 90 minutes, you’ll get to see what it takes to put on the show, which is proving popular to say the least:

“Winner of 26 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Landof 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.”

Nicolas Dromard and Jonathan Ritter start in the V.I.P room and then take you around the place:

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A “long and awkwardly-shaped” green dress of Madame Muriel Morrible, the role performed by Patty Duke

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Actual props from the show:

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The Bubble Dress of Galinda:

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You’ll get to learn more about the show biz (it’s like no business you know) in the lobby and then it’s off to the theatre for a Q and A with some of the performers:

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For $30, it’s a great deal for somebody who has seen, or somebody who wants to see, Wicked.

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See you there!

BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN, an exclusive look at the creative journey of WICKED, hosted by cast members from the show, will be offered every Saturday morning at 10 AM at the Orpheum Theatre.

The 90-minute experience gives audience members the unique opportunity to see what happens to make a big Broadway musical like WICKED come alive at every performance – everything from design and production to performance and marketing.

Tickets are $30, General Admission and available through,, Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone and at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office.

BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN is offered every Saturday morning at 10am. Also offered on Wednesday mornings, November 4, November 25, December 9 and December 23 at 10am.

Groups of 20 or more may call Group Sales at 415-551-2020.