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CHICAGO (October 13, 2008) — The record-breaking Chicago Company of WICKED is now presenting an opportunity for audience members and fans to get up close and personal with WICKED the last two Tuesdays in October. Fans are able to go “Behind the Emerald Curtain” for free when they purchase a ticket to WICKED on Tuesday, October 21 or October 28, 2008. The tour takes place prior to the show at 5 pm, followed by a 7:30 performance of WICKED at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago).

Those wanting to get behind the scenes will be able to do so for FREE on Tuesday, October 21 and October 28, 2008 at 5 p.m. “Behind the Emerald Curtain” is a private behind-the-scenes look at WICKED hosted by cast members. Participants will visit the exclusive “Behind the Emerald Curtain” Museum, which includes the set model by Tony Award-winner Eugene Lee and an up-close look at some of Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty’s costumes (with beautiful details not always visible from the audience), a few of the actual props and wigs from the show and film footage about the making of the global hit production.

The tour, which lasts about an hour, concludes with a question-and-answer portion with current cast members. Participants are also able to purchase exclusive merchandise available only on the tour as a memento of the experience.

This special offer is available for FREE by using the code “TOUR” when ordering WICKED tickets through Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, or online at Corporate clients and groups of 20 or more may call (312) 977-1710.

The Chicago Company of WICKED is now playing in at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago). Breaking multiple box office records since opening in June 2005 and playing to packed audiences from across the world night after night, the production is the top grossing show in Chicago theatre history. The Chicago Company will take its final bow on Sunday, January 25, 2009.

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 Witch.

WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. Directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento, WICKED is currently presented in Chicago, on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre, on a national tour, in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre and in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

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