Final Block of Tickets Goes On Sale 9/7 for LA Wicked

The final block of tickets for WICKED at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood goes on sale Sunday, September 7 at by clicking here, by phone at 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878, in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office (opens daily at 10am), 6233 Hollywood Blvd., or at any Ticketmaster outlet. WICKED closes at the Pantages Theatre on January 11, 2009. The company then begins performances in San Francisco at the Orpheum Theatre on January 27.

Carol Kane and David Garrison have joined the Los Angeles company of WICKED at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Kane was a member of the Los Angeles company when it opened in February 2007 and both were in the National Touring company when it played at the Pantages in June 2005. Kane, a two-time Emmy winner for "Taxi," plays Madame Morrible and Garrison, known for his role in the television show "Married With Children," plays The Wizard.

Finally, after six weeks of intense competition, Connie Zamora, a mother of four from Monrovia, was chosen from a field of 15 finalists as the winner of WANNABE WICKED, the summer-long competitive performance series held at Universal CityWalk. More than 60 contestants - chosen from hundreds who entered online - have flown on their broomsticks, some from literally across the country, to compete to be the most "Popular" and win the chance of a lifetime - a walk-on appearance in the Los Angeles production of WICKED. Hundreds of WICKED fans were on hand to watch Zamora win.

Connie Zamora was judged by theater industry professionals on the basis of vocal quality, performance delivery, vocal accuracy and overall performance. She entered the competition on the advice of her younger brother and sister-in-law. On winning the competition, Zamora says, "I'm absolutely speechless, and so incredibly happy. And I'm ready!"

Erin Mackey, who is a Fullerton native, and Teal Wicks continue in the roles of Glinda and Elphaba. Mackey came to Los Angeles directly from the Chicago company of WICKED where she starred as Glinda for almost two years. Wicks was seen in the national tour of "Pippin" and at New York City Encores! in "Stairway to Paradise," and in "Pippin" and "1776" at Goodspeed Opera House.

Carol Kane has been seen on stage in Larry Gelbart's "Sly Fox," "Control Freak," "Signature," "The Lucky Spot" and "Family Week" by Beth Henley; Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream;" John Cassavetes' "A Women of Mystery;" Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny;" Feydeau's "He Hunts;" Paul Zindel's "Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." Her television roles include "Taxi" (two Emmys), "Pearl," "Seinfeld," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Chicago Hope" (Emmy nomination), "Beggars & Choosers," and "The Year Without a Santa Claus." She appeared in "Carnal Knowledge," "The Last Detail," "Annie Hall," "Hester Street" (Academy Award nomination), "Dog Day Afternoon," "The World's Greatest Lover," "When a Stranger Calls," "The Princess Bride," "Scrooged," "The Lemon Sisters," "My Blue Heaven," "The Pallbearer," "Office Killer," "Trees Lounge," "Addams Family Values," "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," "The Pacifier," "Cosmopolitan" and "The Key Man."

David Garrison is best known as Steve Rhoades on "Married with Children," and has starred on Broadway in "Wicked" (Carbonell Award), "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine" (Tony nom.), "Titanic," "Torch Song Trilogy," "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Bells Are Ringing," and Off-Broadway in "I Do! I Do!" (Drama Desk nomination) and last season's "New Jerusalem." He played Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" (national tour), the Devil in Randy Newman's "Faust" (La Jolla/Goodman), Henry Carr in "Travesties" (Williamstown), Frosch in "Die Fledermaus" (Santa Fe Opera) and Charlie in the Arena Stage revival of "Merrily We Roll Along" (Helen Hayes Award). Other TV credits: "Law & Order," "The West Wing," "The Practice," "Without a Trace," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "NYPD Blue," "Judging Amy," "Murphy Brown," "Murder, She Wrote," "L.A. Law," Tom Clancy's "Op Center" and for PBS Great Performances, "On the Town" with the London Symphony and "Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall."

The Los Angeles production of WICKED will play its final performance on January 11, 2009, ending its record-breaking run at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Upon closing, the production will have played 791 performances and 12 previews.

The musical, which began previews on February 10, 2007 and opened on February 21, set the record for top box office earner during a single week in Los Angeles theatre history when it grossed a record $1,949,068 during the week ending December 30, 2007. WICKED has been seen in Los Angeles by 1.5 million patrons with a gross of $120 million.

Winner of 20 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 Witch.

Declared "A Cultural Phenomenon" by Variety, WICKED currently has productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Stuttgart, Melbourne and on a North American tour. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

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