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OMG, New Witches for Wicked! Marcie Dodd and Alli Mauzey to start June 29th.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

San Francisco’s hugely successful production of Wicked at our Orpheum Theatre  is going out with a bang. See it again for the very first time by September 5th, 2010.

Get all the deets on this major casting change below. 

Alli Mauzey makes a lovely Wiccan recruitment poster girl, huh?


SAN FRANCISCO… WICKED veterans Marcie Dodd and Alli Mauzey are San Francisco’s new witches in the smash hit musical beginning June 29, 2010. This is a reunion for Marcie and Alli in their roles as Elphaba and Glinda respectively, and will mark the first time the two actresses are back on stage opposite each other since they played the roles on Broadway from November 2008 – February 2009. The actresses will take a final bow with WICKED when it closes on September 5, 2010.

Ever more deets, after the jump.


Orpheum Theatre Announces the End of Wicked – Fantastic Run Ends September 5, 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

SHN’s fantastic run of Wicked at our Orpheum Theatre is leaving us on September 5th, 2010 – that’s the news that came out over the weekend. 

Have you seen new witch Eden Espinosa yet? Well this is it. This’ll be your last chance to see the defining musical of the past decade.

A new batch of tickets are on sale now. See you there! (Again, maybe.)

All the deets, below.

This run will continue defying gravity until the end of summer:

by Joan Marcus


SAN FRANCISCO… The San Francisco production of the smash hit musical WICKED will play its final performance on Sunday, September 5, 2010, ending its record-breaking run at the Orpheum Theatre.  Tickets are now on sale for all performances through September 5th. Upon closing, WICKED will have played 660 performances and 12 previews.

WICKED, “the San Francisco-born musical that has conquered the world” (San Francisco Chronicle) , and which was recently called “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times, has already amassed over $1.8 billion globally in ticket sales and has been seen by over 23 million people worldwide.  The show’s enormous popularity was instantly apparent in San Francisco-immediately after it opened, WICKED broke the one-week San Francisco box office record with gross ticket sales of $1,459,610.50 surpassing the record previously held by The Phantom of the Opera.  Over one million patrons have seen WICKED in San Francisco, and to date the production has grossed over $75 million. 

More deets, after the jump.


San Francisco’s Wicked Gets a New Witch – Eden Espinosa Returns to the Orpheum

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Wicked tickets on sale now at our Orpheum Theatre – is getting a new Elphaba starting March 2, 2010. Eden Espinosa has sworn off this role more than once but here she comes to replace Teal Wicks, who’s been on the job for almost a year now.

Get all the deets below.

It looks like Wicked will be going for another two months for sure. Who knows how long it will last.

Ach der lieber! Ihre Haut ist grun, ja?

via Joan Marcus

Und jetzt, nicht grun:


SAN FRANCISCO… Eden Espinosa, who has performed the role of Elphaba to critical acclaim on Broadway, San Francisco, and in Los Angeles, will return to San Francisco to star in the open-ended engagement of WICKED now playing at the Orpheum Theatre. Since it’s opening in the Bay Area a year ago, WICKED has been seen by close to a million people. And the show continues to be a cultural phenomenon having just shattered its own record to become the highest grossing show in Broadway history.

Beginning March 2, Eden will be joining the San Francisco cast that currently includes Kendra Kassebaum, starring as Glinda. This will not be the first time that Eden and Kendra will perform these roles opposite each other on the stage of the Orpheum Theatre here in San Francisco.  They appeared here together when the first national tour of WICKED played a sold-out limited 6-week engagement at the Orpheum Theatre in the summer of 2005.

More deets after the jump


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


Star-Studded Defying Inequality Concert at Palace of Fine Arts This Monday

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

This is why you’ve been saving your pennies the past few months – it’s DEFYING INEQUALITY: The San Francisco Concert. Learn about the connection to the fantastic Wicked play here (and also find out about a possible discount, if you’re into that.) Get your tickets here. Via GoingSF:

“The special evening, presented by the San Francisco cast of Wicked, will include Patty Duke ( The Miracle Worker, Valley of the Dolls), Bruce Vilanch (writer – Academy Awards, Hairspray National Tour), Judy Gold (Emmy Award winner), Laughing Pizza (Parents Choice Awards, PBS daily), Matt Alber (singer/songwriter – Hide Nothing), Clifford Banagale ( Bruno, Altar Boyz), Boylesque, Connie Champagne ( Christmas with the Crawfords, Valley of the Dolls – stage production), Carmen Cusack ( South Pacific, Wicked), Ava Garter (burlesque star), Selene Luna ( The Cho Show), Meg Mackay & Billy Philadelphia (Winner of seven Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Empress XXX Donna Sachet (TV Host, COMCAST/Columnist, B.A.R.), Scott Matthew (singer/songwriter – Scott Matthew, Shortbus), Ryan Rigazzi ( Beach Blanket Babylon), Vocal Minority – An SFGMC Ensemble, Suzanne Whang ( Househunters, Las Vegas), and many more.”

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More deets. See you there!

“On Monday, October 26, 2009 at 7:30 p.m., the San Francisco cast of Wicked, along with members of the San Francisco arts community (and beyond), is coming together for one of the most important events of the year – Defying Inequality: The San Francisco Concert, a one-night only concert benefitting Marriage Equality USA and Garden State Equality – two equal rights organizations.   Featuring stars from stage & screen, the concert will be held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA).   A VIP reception will be held in the lobby immediately following the event.   For tickets and information, please contact City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 and visit (click on San Francisco).

“The concert will be directed by Joe Dulude II with musical direction by Bryan Perri.

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.

Halloween Shocker: Kmart Comes to San Francisco to Freak Us Out – “Totally Ghoul”?

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Gaia knows that there’s no Kmart in San Francisco. (Can you imagine!) And yet, The Mart is sending “Street Teams” to The City on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 to “prowl” our sidewalks showing off the “quality and variety” of their Halloween costumes.  

 Ask them about Wicked, if you see them. Elphiba and Glinda should be big sellers this year. ..
Celebrate a ‘Totally Ghoul’ Halloween at Kmart

Kmart offers thousands of costumes plus a huge assortment of treats and a new online Halloween shop

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 12 – Families are getting into the spirit of Halloween this year with “Totally Ghoul” at Kmart. The retailer is offering an eye-popping assortment of thousands of costumes for men, women, teens and kids, as well as all the trimmings for the spookiest Halloween party house. Kmart has also enhanced the “Totally Ghoul” online experience with the debut of the “Costume Machine” and “Ghoul Me” tools.

“Halloween has become an increasingly universal celebration for all ages, and with that, Kmart expanded our costume assortment alone by more than 50 percent,” said Dev Mukherjee, SVP and president, Seasonal & Toys, Sears Holdings. “This year, Halloween falls on a weekend, so there will be more parties for kids and adults than usual. To help with the holiday festivities, Kmart has party décor, costumes and candy empowering customers to manage their lives as well as make the holiday affordable and over-the-top fun.”

Revelers can browse “Totally Ghoul” for thousands of costumes and the most coveted licensed merchandise from Transformers, Wizards of Waverly Place, GI Joe, Harry Potter, Bakugan, Star Trek, Super Why, Barbie(TM), Thumbelina, Bratz, Sesame Street and much more. Couples will find his-and-her costumes to transform themselves into Popeye and Olive Oyl, a Cave Couple and even a Wicked fairy tale.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, costumed “street teams” will prowl the sidewalks in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, to show passerby’s the amazing quality and variety of holiday attire available at Kmart.

More ghoulishdeets, after the jump


San Francisco has Cancelled Halloween, But Take Your Kids to the Zeum/Wicked Event Oct. 31st

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Of course Halloween for non-kids was officially cancelled in San Francisco a few years back, so don’t go to the Castro district or nothing – all you’re going to see is a bunch of cops. (The new Home for Halloween of course is spooky Polk Street – that’s where the cool people are going, anyway.)

But you, you’ve got to do something for your kids, right? Well, get them in costume on the morning of October 31st, 2009 (a Saturday!) and take them to the Wicked event at the ‘Zeum near the corner of Fourth and Howard Streets in Yerba Buena Gardens.

Wicked has cute witches ‘n stuff. Witch which is good and witch which is bad? (Don’t answer, it’s a trick question.)  

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Halloween is going to rock!

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And then hang out at the ‘Zeum for the rest of the day, why not?

Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum and WICKED, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical, currently playing an open-ended engagement at The Orpheum Theatre, today announced a partnership to bring kids and families an Oz-some Halloween celebration on October 31, 2009. The collaboration builds on their joint commitment to connect youth and families through live performance and visual art.

The Halloween event will kick off in front of the Zeum Carousel at 11:00 am with a “Go Green” Emerald City Citizen’s Costume Contest, featuring special appearances by Academy Award winner Patty Duke, who stars as Madame Morrible, and other members of the cast of WICKED.  Contest participants of all ages wearing green – from head to toe – will qualify to win a free pair of tickets to see Wicked at the Orpheum Theatre.  The lucky winner will also get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the costume area that brings the Emerald City to life with every show.  Every Emerald City Citizen costume participant will receive fun WICKED giveaways.

Throughout the day, all kids and families can explore hands-on WICKED-themed workshops and exhibits that bring performance art and technology together.  In Zeum’s Animators Studio, visitors can create clay figures of their favorite WICKED characters, such as Glinda, Elphaba, or The Wizard of Oz, and bring them to life with stop-motion animation.  In the Music Production Lab, visitors can perform to the lyrics of “Popular,” “Defying Gravity,” and take home their own original music video.

“WICKED’s themes of self-expression and empowerment dovetail with Zeum’s mission to nurture creativity, collaboration, and communication in all youth and their families,” said Audrey Yamamoto, Zeum’s Executive Director. “We are excited to partner with WICKED this year to provide an array of fun, hands-on, Halloween activities that allow every family member to express themselves.”

The all-day festivities will take place at Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum, located at 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Contest participation at the Zeum Carousel is free with one complimentary ride on the Zeum Carousel for children 12 and under from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.  General admission to Zeum is $8 for youth/seniors and $10 for adults.

About Zeum

Zeum is San Francisco’s hands-on multimedia arts and technology museum for kids.  Zeum – located in the Yerba Buena Gardens – is a community-based, non-profit organization that nurtures the 3Cs of 21st-century literacy – Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication – among youth and families.  By combining clay animation, music video production, live performance and digital art with imagination, Zeum’s visitors become creators, animators, directors, performers, and designers.  For more information, visit

Zeum opened its doors in October 1998 on the rooftop of Yerba Buena Gardens as part of a major 87-acre urban renewal project by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency in the South of Market area. Zeum’s unique 34,000 square-foot facility includes premier technology studios, interactive activity stations, exhibit galleries, community exhibit space, a 200-seat theater and the Zeum Carousel.


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 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. The show, now in its sixth year on Broadway and with two national tours, returned to San Francisco, where it had its world premiere in 2003, to play its current ongoing run at the Orpheum Theatre.

(And then, that night, take your kids trick or treating up in the Richmond District’s Sea Cliff, the best place to trick or treat in the 415. Bring plenty of swag bags.)

See you there!

San Francisco Theater Festival a Huge Success at Yerba Buena Gardens

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

This is what the Sixth Annual San Francisco Theater Festival looked like today down in the SoMA‘s Yerba Buena Gardens:

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Here’s the sched and here are a bunch of photos. That should whet your appetite for next year.

Yes, it’s all free. See you next year!

“The San Francisco theater scene can become stronger and more vigorous, appealing to community members who do not currently benefit from the contribution theater arts make to one’s life through activities like the Theater Festival. Director Peter Sellars has noted that bringing people together for a shared theatrical experience does more than create good art; it creates and nurtures a sense of community and an interest in the common good.

The Festival creates access and expands the theater audience. Working together to put on the Festival, the theater community conducts a large-scale event that gains the attention of the broader community. The Festival induces cross-pollination of audiences as attendees interested in one performing group stay to see others. As the Festival grows, we will see theater audiences expanding, leading to more performances, more productions, and more theater jobs, as well as a richer cultural experience for all community members.

While there are festivals for film, dance, jazz, blue grass, beer, and wine, there is no comparable festival for theater. The San Francisco Theater Festival is unique. This is the only showcase for Bay Area live theater, presenting the full spectrum of theater groups. This is the only festival that takes place on one day or a single weekend, providing the audience with an opportunity to sample conveniently the many theaters available here. This is the only FREE festival, thereby providing open access to all.”

All the Players, after the jump.