Posted by: duketower | April 19, 2010

Duke Tower Welcomes “Wicked” to Durham and the DPAC

Duke Tower Hotel & Condominiums is pleased to welcome the cast and crew of the Broadway show Wicked to Durham and the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Wicked will be performing at the DPAC April 21 through May 16, 2010. Many, if not all, of the performances at the DPAC are already sold out.

As one of the hotels closest to the DPAC, we will be the accommodation of choice for many visitors coming to see Wicked from out of town or even local residents just looking to get away from it all for an evening.

Wicked is a Broadway and West End musical, with songs and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. The story is based on the best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, a parallel novel of the 1939 film of L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz.

Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West and her relationship with Galinda, later Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Their friendship struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace. The plot of the first act is set before Dorothy’s arrival from Kansas, and includes several references to well-known scenes and dialogue in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a backstory.

Wicked the musical premiered at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre in May 2003. In October, 2003, the show moved to Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre.  Although the production received mixed reviews and was panned by The New York Times, it has proved to be a favorite among patrons. The Broadway production’s success spawned productions in Chicago, Los Angeles, London’s West End, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Stuttgart, and San Francisco, as well as two North American tours that have visited over 30 cities in Canada and the United States.

"Wicked" has broken box office records around the world

Wicked has broken box office records around the world, holding weekly-gross-takings records in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and London, and the record for biggest opening in the West End (£100,000 in the first hour on sale). Both the West End production and the North American tour have been seen by over two million patrons.

If you are coming from out of town to see Wicked, we hope you will make make Duke Tower your choice for overnight accommodations in Durham. We will be offering a free shuttle service to and from the DPAC for all Wicked performances. We will also drop you off at one of our many nearby excellent restaurants for a pre- or post-performance dinner, then come pick you up. Please enjoy breakfast the next day in our Historic Tower Cafe. We aim to make your trip to Durham for Wicked a memorable experience that you will pleasantly recall for many years.

And don’t be surprised, while staying with us during that time, if you see a someone on a broomstick flying around our Tower on a foggy April night!

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