PITTSBURGH - "Wicked" will return to the Benedum Center Sept. 7-Oct. 2 as part of the PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh Series.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman, "Wicked" is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello and features musical staging by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento.
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked," winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, 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 how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
"Wicked" features set design by Tony Award-winner Eugene Lee, costume design by Tony-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Tony-nominee Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Meola.
Stephen Oremus is the show's musical director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.
There are currently seven productions of "Wicked" worldwide, including two North American tours, a Broadway production, London production, a Japanese-language production, a German-language production and Australian production.
A Dutch-language production of "Wicked" will open in 2011.
Tickets are available for $35.25 to $138.25.
Tickets for the return engagement will go on sale to the public next year. PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh subscribers may purchase tickets in advance from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust by calling (412) 471-1390.
Groups of 20 or more also may purchase tickets in advance by calling (412) 471-6930.
PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh series is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony. Visit pgharts.org for information.