Monday, December 4, 2017

Wicked Good Deal: $25 Day of Show Ticket Lottery at Block 37

WICKED ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE DAY OF SHOW DRAWING FOR $25 TICKETS
20 TICKETS HELD FOR EACH PERFORMANCE AT BLOCK 37

BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE


ORIENTAL THEATRE
DEC. 6, 2017 - JAN. 21, 2018

Want to catch Broadway In Chicago's WICKED without breaking the bank? My family entered this lottery a few years back and WON 2 pairs of front row tickets for $25 a seat (cash only)! So it is doable. Chances of being picked of course depend on turnout for any given show, but you've gotta be in it to win it, and it certainly doesn't hurt to try. Ticket lottery is free to enter. 

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce that a WICKED day-of-show drawing for a limited number of seats will take place inside Block 37. Throughout the run of the show on each performance day, people can pick up entry forms at the Block 37 guest services booth during business hours up until two hours prior to the performance. Entry forms are placed into the WICKED hat, one entry per person. Names will be drawn two hours before each performance for twenty seats at $25 each, cash only.

This drawing is available only in-person at Block 37 with a limit of two tickets per person. Drawing participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. Block 37 is located at 108 N. State across from the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph). Chicago’s most popular musical will return to Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre during the holiday season for a limited seven-week engagement December 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018.

Mary Kate Morrissey returns to the WICKED National Tour as Elphaba after touring as the Elphaba standby in 2016. Off-Broadway: David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater). International tour: Hair as Sheila. Regional: Elmer Gantry (Signature Theatre), Lizzie: The Musical (Portland Center Stage), Little Women (Syracuse Stage) and the workshop of Fun Home (Sundance Lab). Syracuse University.

Ginna Claire Mason comes directly from playing the Glinda standby on Broadway to play Glinda in the National Tour. National tour: Newsies (Katherine u/s), Flashdance (Gloria). Vegas: Duck Commander Musical (Korie). Regional favorites include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Grease (Sandy), Hairspray (Shelley). NYC concerts: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary). Recently performed in Japan at the World Musical Concert. B.F.A., Elon University.

The company includes Judy Kay as Madame Morrible, Tom McGowan as The Wizard, Harry Bouvy as Doctor Dillamond, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, Robin De Jesús as Boq, John Robert Hall as Fiyero, and Chelsea Emma Franko, Deanna Aguinaga-Whyte, Allison Bailey, Kerry Blanchard, Beka Burnham, Lauren Cannon, Autumn Crockett Cooper, Michael Di Liberto, Michael Drolet, Ryan Patrick Farrell,  Napoleon W. Gladney, Sara Gonzales, Lauren Haughton, Chris Jarosz, John Krause, Kelly Lafarga, Chase Madigan, Tiffany Rae Mallari, Matt Meigs, Olivia Polci, Anthony Sagaria, Wayne Schroder, Tregoney Shepherd, Ben Susak and Justin Wirick.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). The musical is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.

The Broadway sensation, WICKED, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.” 

Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 15 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, China, Mexico, and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. 

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Follow WICKED on Twitter and Facebook.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES
MARY KATE MORRISSEY (Elphaba) is air­borne with excitement to return to this electric company after touring as the Elphaba Standby in 2016. Off-Broadway: David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater). International tour: Hair as Sheila. Regional: Elmer Gantry (Signature Theatre), Lizzie: The Musical (Portland Center Stage), Little Women (Syracuse Stage) and the workshop of Fun Home (Sundance Lab). Syracuse University. “Epic thanks: Christopher Freer and CGF, Craig Burns, Matt Farnsworth and my friends and family. For TC, Mom and Dad. Never underestimate the power of listening, beauty and beat drops.” @maryspacekate.

GINNA CLAIRE MASON (Glinda) is thrillified to travel by bubble with Wicked on tour! She comes directly from Broadway as the Glinda standby. National tour: Newsies (Katherine u/s), Flashdance (Gloria). Vegas: Duck Commander Musical (Korie). Regional favorites include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Grease (Sandy), Hairspray (Shelley). NYC concerts: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary). Recently performed in Japan at the World Musical Concert. B.F.A., Elon University. Many thanks to DGRW, Telsey + Co. and the Wicked creative team. “For mom and dad and my Prince Eric.” Instagram/Twitter: @ginnaclaire.

JUDY KAYE (Madame Morrible) joins the tour after having played Madame Morrible on Broadway. Other Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award); Souvenir (Tony nomination, L.A. Ovation Award); The Phantom of the Opera (Tony Award); Mamma Mia! (Tony nomination); Ragtime (L.A. Ovation Award); On the Twentieth Century (TheatreWorld Award); Grease; Oh, Brother; Cinderella; Candide (NYCO); The Pajama Game (NYCO); Brigadoon (NYCO); Bells Are Ringing; Face the Music; Little Me (Encores!). For more: JudyKaye.com.

TOM McGOWAN (The Wizard). Broadway: Wicked, She Loves Me, Casa Valentina, Chicago, Ivanov, La Bete (Tony and Drama Desk noms.). Off-Broadway: The Food Chain (Obie). West End: Wicked. Television: Uncle Jax on “The Good Fight,” Kenny on “Frasier,” Bernie on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Veep,” “Modern Family,” “CSI,” “ER,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Film: Freeheld, The Birdcage, Heavyweights, Ghost World, Bad Santa, As Good As It Gets, Bean, Family Man. M.F.A., Yale. B.F.A., Hofstra. Thanks to daughter, Mary, for introducing him to Wicked when she and her best friend, Sara, spent the entire summer of ’04 playing Glinda and Elphaba in the backyard.

HARRY BOUVY (Doctor Dillamond). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (original cast re­cording). Tour: The Producers. Vegas: Spamalot. Regional: Yale Rep, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pittsburgh Public, City Theatre Company, TheaterWorks Hartford, Montana Shakespeare, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Syracuse Stage. Film: The Producers. Television: “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City.” For Sean, always and all ways. harrybouvy.com.

CATHERINE CHARLEBOIS (Nessarose). Broadway and national tour: Wicked (Nessarose). Regional : Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Ogunquit Playhouse, Music Theatre Wichita and North Carolina Theatre; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly) at Music Theatre Wichita; Steel Magnolias (Shelby) at Triad Stage. Catherine can be seen in the parody video Downton Abbey at 54 Below as Lady Mary Crawley and Michelle Dockery. Catherine is also a style blogger: follow along at CharleboisChic.com and on social media @CharleboisNYC!

ROBIN DE JESÚS (Boq). Broadway: In the Heights (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), La Cage aux Folles (Tony, Drama Desk nomina­tions), Rent. Select Off-Broadway and regional: Domesticated (Lincoln Center), In the Heights, Patti Issues, Cabaret, Aladdin, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Grease and Homos, Or…. Select film: Camp, HairBrained, Gun Hill Road, Elliot Loves, 11:55 Holyoke, Fat Girls. Select TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “How to Make It in America.” Cabaret: Crush to Crushed, The Struggle is Real (54 Below). Tweet and Instagram @RobinOfJesus.

JON ROBERT HALL (Fiyero) is a Los Angeles native. He recently played Tom Chisum in the Emmy Award-winning “Grease: Live!” on Fox, as well as recurring on “Glee.” He also played Stacee Jaxx in the Vegas production of Rock of Ages at the Venetian. In addition, Jon produces music for young social media stars and helps develop them. His company HallPass Productions is an L.A. staple for many of the heavy-hitting kids in the social media world. Go to his website or DM for ways to work with him. Jonroberthall.com. Insta/twitter/Musical.ly: @jonhall28 and @hallpassproductions.

CHELSEA EMMA FRANKO (Standby for Elphaba) is ecstatic to be making her national tour debut with Wicked. Most recently, she was Live at the Hyperion in Disney’s California Adventure. Favorite regional credits: Company (Marta), Damn Yankees (Gloria Thorpe), Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Chicago (Roxie Hart), Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard and Shrek. For mum, dad and SRO. @thechelseaemma.

DEANNA AGUINAGA-WHYTE (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing). Broadway: Mamma Mia! West Side Story, A Chorus Line. Tours: Fame the Musical, Evita, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. B.A. sociology, Cal State University of Long Beach and 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification. “Love and gratitude to husband Blake and our daughter Kya for sharing this Wicked dream adventure.”

ALLISON BAILEY (Ensemble, u/s Glinda). National tour debut! Regional credits: Goodspeed and New London Barn Playhouse. The Boston Conservatory ’14. “Thanks to God and much love to my family, DGRW and Telsey + Co.” Allison-Bailey.com.

KERRY BLANCHARD (Ensemble) is so happy to be a part of Wicked. Thanks to everyone at Wicked, Telsey and MSA. “All my love to my wonderful family and amazing friends for their never-ending support, love and laughter.”

BEKA BURNHAM (Ensemble, u/s Glinda, Nessarose). Back in Oz! Previously with the com­pany for almost two years. BoCo ’14. “Love and thanks to Craig/Telsey, DGRW, my Wicked fam­ily, Mom and Dad and especially my pup Root.”

LAUREN CANNON (Ensemble). Thrilled to be in Oz! Credits include West Side Story (nat’l/int’l/Ogunquit Playhouse), Radio City Christmas Spectacular and recently seen on the 2016 Tony Awards. “Love to my family.” @L_cannon.

AUTUMN CROCKETT COOPER (Ensemble). Credits include Rihanna, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Gilman, CeCe Winans, I Kissed a Vampire (film), “America’s Got Talent,” CW’s “The 100,” Cirque de la Symphonie, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Eclipse, Frozen Live, La Mirada Theatre production of Cats and West Side Story.

MICHAEL DI LIBERTO (Swing, u/s Witch’s Father, Ozian Official, The Wizard, Dr. Dillamond). National tours: Annie, Cinderella, Strike Up the Band. Select regional: The Producers (Helen Hayes nomination), Sweeney Todd, Elf, Oliver!, LMNOP, Spamalot, The 39 Steps, Titanic. MichaelDiLiberto.net

MICHAEL DROLET (Ensemble, u/s Boq). Broadway: Wicked. National tours: Wicked—L.A. cast (Boq), Saturday Night Fever (Vinnie). Regional: Peter Pan—Dorset Theatre Festival (Peter Pan), Of Mice and Men—Palace Theatre (Curley), Cyrano—Fulton Opera House. TV: “The Tonight Show.” B.F.A.: University of the Arts. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @michael_drolet.

RYAN PATRICK FARRELL (Ensemble, u/s Chistery). A Michigan native. Began danc­ing at age 8. Ryan is thrilled to join Wicked on tour. Credits include Wicked (Chicago), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Cats national tour (Mistoffelees), Copacabana (Mill Mountain), Princess Cruises, Chase Brock Experience (Joyce Soho) and Boyz II Men. Love to Mom and Dad.

NAPOLEON W. GLADNEY (Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Chistery). B.F.A. dance performance, Chapman University. Select credits include Wicked first/second nat’l tours, Me & Caesar Lee (Chor.), Odyssey Dance Theatre European tour, Backhaus Dance, “The Late Late Show,” “Good Morning America” and The Dance Cartel. @napogladney.

SARA GONZALES (Ensemble, u/s Madame Morrible). Webster University B.F.A. in musical theater. Regional: Bridget in Bring It On (L.A.), Daniela in In the Heights (L.A.) and more. Award-winning jazz vocalist, performing internationally at IAJE in Toronto, Monterey Jazz Festival and 54 Below. Saragonzales.weebly.com.

LAUREN HAUGHTON (Swing, u/s Nessarose). Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Fools in Love. Regional favorites: Sammy with Leslie Bricusse (Old Globe Theatre), Turn of the Century with Tommy Tune (Goodman Theatre). B.F.A.: musi­cal theater, Syracuse University. Thanks to Mom, Dad, the Gillis family. “Je t’aime Michael.” IG: @laurenhaughton. Website: laurenhaughton.com.

CHRIS JAROSZ (Ensemble). La La Land, “Glee,” Radio City’s New York Spectacular, Cirque du Soleil, “SYTYCD.” Excited to be joining the national tour of Wicked. “Love to my Mom, Dad and my MSA family.”

JOHN KRAUSE (Ensemble, u/s Fiyero, Witch’s Father, Ozian Official). Broadway: Fun Home. Off-Broadway: Camp Rolling Hills. Tour/regional: Green Day’s American Idiot, Drew in Rock of Ages (Vegas) and Cruel Intentions: The Musical (L.A.).The Boston Conservatory. Instagram/Twitter: @johnakrause.

KELLY LAFARGA (Swing) feels honored to join Wicked. Film: Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D. TV: “Glee,” “Bones,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “DWTS.” Tours: Eve, Donnie Klang. Marymount Manhattan College. Thanks Mom, Nina, and Sasha for their endless love and sup­port. “Dad, I love and miss you always.”

CHASE MADIGAN (Chistery). West Side Story (Broadway), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The New York Spectacular, Rock the Ballet (inter­national tour). Thrilled to be joining the national tour of Wicked! Love to Mom and Dad!

TIFFANY RAE MALLARI (Ensemble) has been lucky to perform for the past 10 years. Some accomplishments include High School Musical 3, Cirque du Soleil’s Viva! Elvis and Disneyland’s California Adventure.

MATT MEIGS (Ensemble, u/s Boq). Broadway: Holiday Inn, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda. Vegas: Rock of Ages (Franz). National tour: Mary Poppins. “For mom—who taught me to live with an open heart and open mind.” @matt_meigs.

OLIVIA POLCI (Ensemble, u/s Elphaba) re­cently completed two solo shows at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. Other credits in­clude The Threepenny Opera (Jenny), Wendy’s Shadow (Young Wendy) and Foolerie (Kate). Thanks to Telsey + Co., her family and friends. B.F.A. in musical theater from Montclair State University. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @oliviafpolci.

ANTHONY SAGARIA (Ensemble, u/s Fiyero). Broadway: American Psycho. NYC/regional: The Bad Years, Murder Ballad, Into the Woods. TV/film: “OITNB,” “Madam Secretary,” Block Island. Thanks to family, SMS, BWU, Telsey + Co. Twitter/Instagram: @Anthony_Sagaria.

WAYNE SCHRODER (Witch’s Father, Ozian Official, u/s The Wizard, Doctor Dillamond). Broadway: 9 to 5, A Christmas Carol. Tours: 9 to 5. Off-Broadway: The Prince and the Pauper, Mimi le Duck. Film: The Producers, Brando, Welcome Home. Television: “Guiding Light,” “All My Children.” Concert: Kristina at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London.

TREGONEY SHEPHERD (Midwife, u/s Madame Morrible) is excited to make her home in Munchkinland. Broadway: Been there. National tours: Done that. Regional theater: Check. One woman shows: Check again. Education: D.M.A. vocal performance. Love to Lafayette. TregoneyShepherd.com.

BEN SUSAK (Swing, u/s Chistery) is very grate­ful to be back with the Munchkinland family! Credits: Cirque du Soleil, “SYTYCD,” Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Florence + the Machine, Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, “American Music Awards,” “Video Music Awards,” “Billboard Awards,” “DWTS,” “American Idol,” San Francisco Ballet.

JUSTIN WIRICK (Ensemble). Joined Jan. 2010. 3,000+ performances. 20 Green Girls. Denizen of Pittsburgh, Pa. Travel enthusiast: eight plus years of touring, 50 states, eight provinces, 15 countries. Passions/hobbies: Wicked, gymnastics, figure skat­ing, fundraising, event coordinating, photography, motivational speaking. “Success is where prepara­tion and opportunity meet.” Adventures and full bio on Insta @justinwirick88.

TICKET INFORMATION
Individual tickets for WICKED at the Oriental Theatre range from $62-$212 with a select number of premium seats available. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online.



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