By Wayne Harada
“Wicked,” which will make its Hawaii debut in an eight-week run beginning Nov. 24, 2012 at Blaisdell Concert Hall, is the midst of a group-sale ticket campaign now.
The date for individual ticket sales will be announced sometime early next year.
Group sales — for bulk purchases of 20 seats minimum, translating to a 10 percent discount in prices —were launched Dec. 15 in an invitational event at Blaisdell, attended by one of the show’s producers, David Stone, with cast members performing excerpts from the Tony Award-winning musical.
Presenters deemed the special session as “the largest group sales kickoff event ever,” though specific tallies were not announced. Besides the discount, group sale purchases give buyers the opportunity to select the best seats available for all dates.
Group sales may be made by calling 593-2468, or downloading an order form at www.BroadwayInHawaii.com.
“Wicked,” a prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” story, is one of Broadway’s hot tickets and is one of the most anticipated new productions here.
It will be staged from Nov. 24, 2012, through Jan. 16, 2013, with eight shows a week, including several matinees.
The production is being presented by Broadway in Hawaii, which earlier has staged such attractions as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cats” and “Riverdance.”
“It is a gret honor to be able to host the national tour of ‘Wicked’ and introduce Hawaii to this musical phenomenon,” said Bruce Granath, marketing chief for Broadway in Hawaii.
The show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman, based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.
The show’s artistic team includes Tony winners Joe Mantello (director) and Wayne Cilento (musical staging).