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'Wicked' arrives at Proctors, begins setup (with video)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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— "Wicked" has flown, er, rolled into town and stage setup continues as Proctors prepares for the nearly month-long run of the production, a sympathetic retelling of the Wizard of Oz story from the point of view of the Wicked Witch.

The show opens on Wednesday with an 8 p.m. performance starring Marcie Dodd as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Heléne Yorke as Glinda, the Good Witch. It runs through Jan. 3.

Bryan Landrine, production stage manager, explained this morning that the show arrived from Kansas City after staging its last show there on Sunday.

The story was the brainstorm of Albany native and SUNY Albany graduate Gregory Maguire, who in 1995 came out with the novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.” The book was the prequel to the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” which had been based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s story from 1900, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” In Maguire’s tale, the Wizard isn’t so wonderful, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, isn’t so wicked.

Tickets sales are booming for the show, which will have 32 performances.

Ticket sales are rivaling the run of “Phantom of the Opera.” By the time it opened in 2006, Proctors had sold 71,000 of its 82,000 tickets for the monthlong run.

For more on "Wicked," click:

HERE for a feature story on Gregory Maguire, the Albany native whose book was turned into the Broadway production of "Wicked."

HERE for a story on tickets for "Wicked" and how scalpers are charging top prices.

HERE for a story on how downtown businesses are preparing for both "Wicked" and the Christmas season.

 
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