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"Broadway in Richmond" Season Announced

Musical "Wicked" set for 24-performance run; David Copperfield opens Carpenter Theatre.

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The two leads in "Wicked," a musical about what happened to the witches of Oz before they made it big, belted out two songs from the Broadway hit at the Landmark Theater last night. It was a preview of a mammoth run in Richmond.

Chairs filled the Landmark stage for a special invite-only preview of the show, which will have one of the longest Richmond runs in recent memory, 24 shows from March 10-28, 2010. Producer David Stone called "Wicked" the "biggest show in the world."

Dee Roscioli, who played Elphaba in the Chicago company, sang the breath-defying "The Wizard and I," and was joined for the finale duet "For Good" by Katie Adams, who was the Glinda standby on tour and in New York.

Officials also unveiled the inaugural season of "Broadway in Richmond" shows, presented by Chicago-based Jam Theatricals at both Landmark and the renovated Carpenter Theatre, which opens with the new CenterStage performing arts center in September.

Richmond has been without such a "Broadway" series since the failed 2006-07 season of "Broadway Under the Stars," in which Baci Management left ticketholders empty-handed and angry with suddenly canceled shows. Stone assured that Jam Theatricals was a sound company and all but guaranteed against a similar fate.

Magician David Copperfield, a special season add-on, kicks off the 2009-10 "Broadway in Richmond" series at the Carpenter Theatre Oct. 13, followed by the puppet-filled musical "Avenue Q" Nov. 6-7. The series then moves to the Landmark, with "Wedding Singer" Jan. 29-30; "Wicked" March 10-28; and "Riverdance - Farewell Performances" April 16-18.

Subscriptions, which range from $129 to $250, go on sale April 9. But Jam announced today that season seats are available for selection a day early at the Landmark April 8, 5-8 p.m. The subscription hotline is (804) 343-0144.

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