Fresno really likes its “Wicked” — so much so that producers are bringing it back. Season subscribers to Broadway in Fresno learned over the weekend learned that the hugely popular musical, which sold out a 16-performance run at the Saroyan Theatre in 2011, is returning next year. The show will run April 2-13, with performances for season subscribers blocked out for Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. I’m sure we’ll be hearing details in the days to come on how to get tickets for the remaining performances.
The other big news: The touring production of “Memphis the Musical” will arrive May 13 and 14, 2014. I’m very pleased that this show, which won the best-musical Tony in 2010, is making it to Fresno in a timely manner.
There are two other shows announced on the lineup: The new musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” featuring the music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, which opened on Broadway in 2010, will play Nov. 19-20. And while a national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” isn’t exactly breaking news, the version coming Feb. 18-19 stars Sally Struthers, which gives it some kitsch value.