WICKED Will Perform At Manchester Pride

WICKED Will Perform At Manchester PrideWICKED, the award-winning Broadway and West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will cast a spell over Manchester this Bank Holiday weekend with a special performance as part of Manchester Pride celebrations.

Nikki Bentley from the UK & Ireland Tour company will take to the Thomas Cook Airlines Stage on Monday 27 August at 6.15pm for a gravity defying performance, ahead of the highly anticipated return of Wicked to the Palace Theatre.

The spectacular touring production of Wicked will fly home to where it began in September 2013, the Palace Theatre in Manchester, for one final time. The five-week Christmas engagement, from Tuesday 4 December 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019, will mark the end of the multi record-breaking, critically acclaimed tour.

WICKED transports audiences to a stunningly re-imagined world of Oz, providing wonders beyond the imagination. The "spellbinding smash hit" (Time Out London) is already the 14th longest running show in West End theatre history and has now been seen by over 9 million people in London alone. Around the world, Wicked has won more than 100 major awards, including ten theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards (winning 'Best West End Show' on three occasions) and two Olivier Audience Awards in the UK. The song 'Defying Gravity' was also recently voted the UK's 'No.1 Favourite Musical Theatre Song' by listeners of Encore Radio.

Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED has music and lyrics by Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin; Disney's Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted; DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt) and is based on the novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Scenic designer Eugene Lee and costume designer Susan Hilferty each won 2004 Tony Awards for their stunning designs. Music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton) and Stephen Oremus (Disney's Frozen). Musical staging is by Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.

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