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Community Advocacy Organization

Most Popular Musical Returns to The Wharton starting May 10

EAST LANSING, MI – WICKED, East Lansing’s most popular musical, returns to Wharton

Center Wednesday, May 10 through Sunday, May 28, 2023. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now through the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at 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.

For more information about WICKED, please visit

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