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"Wicked" lottery to sell limited tickets for $25

SAN DIEGO -- A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for "Wicked," which is returning to the San Diego Civic Theatre with performances from June 20 to July 15.

Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who visit the Civic Theatre box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only.

This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

"Wicked," with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s Enchanted, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire.

The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

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 remarkable odyssey, 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 (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty (Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony winner Kenneth Posner (Tony Award winner for The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the show’s music director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

"Wicked" has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston, to name a few.

Called “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety, "Wicked" continues to thrill audiences around the world. There are currently seven productions of WICKED worldwide: New York; London; Japan; Holland; Australian/Asian Tour; and two concurrent North American National Tours.

"Wicked" begins performances June 20 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. For more information, please visit HERE or call 619-570-1100.

WHEN: June 20 – July 15, 2012

Times: 7 pm Monday, July 2

7 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Note: No Wednesday, July 4 performance)

7:30 pm Thursdays (Added: 1 pm Thursday, June 21 matinee)

7:30 pm Fridays

2 and 7:30 pm Saturdays

1 and 6:30 pm Sundays

WHERE: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B Street, Downtown San Diego

TICKETS: Tickets start at $35; Visit HERE.

Season tickets: (888) 937-8995

Group Savings for 20 or more: (619) 564-3001

WEBSITE: www.BroadwaySD.com