Wicked Price for SF Musical

Show to offer lottery tickets

Think it is impossible to get a ticket to a Broadway show? Think again. Although you may have to leave your entertainment desire to old lady luck.

Wicked, which is playing an open-ended engagement at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, will offer a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of seats for every show for the play that starts Jan. 27.

Each day, two and a half hours prior to curtain, ticket buyers can arrive at the Orpheum Theatre box office to have their names placed in the Wicked lottery barrel where thirty minutes later, names will be drawn. The lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. And they only accept cash. Hmmm. Each person must have a  valid photo I.D. in order to participate. Visit shnsf.com for more information.

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 Witch.

The city that launched the international smash hit musical will get its very own production when Wicked returns home to the city by the bay for a sit-down, open-ended engagement beginning January 27, 2009 at the Orpheum Theatre. Wicked help its world premiere in San Francisco in 2003 before casting its spell on Broadway, winning 20 major awards, including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards.

Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed Sept. 26, 2008 Wicked Day in San Francisco.

Having just celebrated its 5th Anniversary on Broadway, Wicked's four North American and four international companies have cumulatively grossed over $1.3 billion and have been seen by over 16 million people worldwide.

WICKED currently has four companies in North America: on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre, at Chicago's Ford Center for Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre, in San Francisco, and a North American Tour.  A second North American Tour will start performances in Fort Myers, FL on March 7th. 

There are currently four international productions of Wicked: a London production, which opened in September 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre; a Japanese-language production, which opened on June 17, 2007 in Tokyo; a German-language production, which opened in Stuttgart on November 15, 2007 and an Australian production, which opened in Melbourne on July 12.

The production is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

Tickets for Wicked are now on sale for performances through June 27 and range in price from $30 to $99. Tickets can be purchased online at SHN's Web site and Ticketmaster

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