Wicked at the Pantages Theatre
“A cultural phenomenon” – Variety Magazine. “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” – New York Times. Can you guess which musical earned these words of praise? The modern day classic Wicked of course! Be sure to check out this awesome show during its spring run at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood!
A Tale of Two Witches
Wicked is a musical adaptation of the 1995 book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Essentially Wicked is an origin story about the two main witches from The Wizard of Oz, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. The story takes place many years before Dorothy arrives.
Surprisingly, Wicked received harsh criticism when it began and many reviewers thought it would fare poorly. 10 years and 3.1 billion dollars later Wicked has become a juggernaut of the musical world.
Those early reviewers could never have guessed that not only would Wicked become a commercial success but it would even achieve widespread critical acclaim. Since its first showing in 2003, Wicked has racked up 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tony awards. It is also the 11th longest-running Broadway show in history.
About the Pantages Theater
Howard Hughes brought the Pantages Theater to prominence in 1949 when he purchased it through RKO. Over the last half century the venue has changed ownership, undergone remodeling and even hosted the Oscars, but it’s most important characteristic has been its ability to consistently deliver quality shows. In fact, the Pantages has been a part of Los Angeles’s biggest successes Theatrically. The 5 highest grossing week’s in Los Angeles theatrical history were all shows at the Pantages.
Date: Various dates until March 15
Location: Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
Admission: Varies depending on date and seat but roughly $55- $200
Photo Attribution: By jjron (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
WHERE TO STAY
This historical hotel, first built in 1926, has been restored to reflect its roots of having a sleek and comforting design. Located within the Wilshire District, the Normandie is centrally located in Los Angeles and is surrounded by great dining, shopping and attractions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Fox and MGM’s studios. 605 South Normandie Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90005 213-388-8138