Pantages celebrating the return of 'Wicked'

HOLLYWOOD - Broadway's biggest blockbuster, "Wicked," is returning to the Pantages Theatre for a limited holiday engagement Nov. 30 - Jan. 29, and the Pantages is throwing a party Sept. 17 from 12-2 p.m. to celebrate. Visitors will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets directly from the Pantages box office without incurring additional Ticketmaster service charges. The Pantages will also host a "Wicked" karaoke contest, where the grand prize winner will receive four tickets to the first performance. All participants will receive a free "Wicked" merchandise pack. Free food and drinks will be catered by The Perfect Bite. Morning radio host Valentine will be master of ceremonies at the event, sponsored by 104.3 MYfm. 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 the story of their odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Orchestra level tickets for "Wicked" start at $30. They will be available for purchase starting Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at, via Ticketmaster, or by calling (800) 982-ARTS.