EAST LANSING, MI – WICKED, East Lansing’s most popular musical, will return to Wharton Center
Wednesday, May 10 through Sunday, May 28, 2023. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale at 10AM
on Monday, February 13, 2023 through the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at
whartoncenter.com, or by calling 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON
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.” NBC Nightly News calls the hit musical “the
most successful Broadway show ever.”
Now the 5th longest-running show in Broadway history, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international
awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards. Since opening in 2003, WICKED has been
performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland,
Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil,
Switzerland, and China) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch,
Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. WICKED has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide and has
amassed over $5 billion in global sales.
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 Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging
by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions,
The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.
This article is sponsored by Wharton Center of Performing Arts.