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'WICKED,' the story of Oz before Dorothy, opens June 12 in Seattle

Erin Mackey & Mariand Torres in "WICKED," which tells the story of Oz before Dorothy. It opens June 12 in Seattle.

Joan Marcus


What happened in the land of Oz before Dorothy got there (and the rest was history)?

That's the question answered by the hit musical "WICKED," which arrives in Seattle for a 3 1/2-week summer run.

Promoters explain it like this: "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.”

"WICKED" has been on Broadway for 15 years, won more than 100 international awards and generated a score including the popular titles “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good.” More information on the show itself can be found here, including the fact that it's recommended for ages 8 and up.

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"WICKED" will have 31 total shows June 12 through July 7 at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. Full schedule and ticket information here.

And here's a way to get cheap tickets, if you're a bit of a risk taker: Show up at the Paramount box office 2 1/2 hours before any showtime to have your name placed in a lottery drum; 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. 

The fine print: This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.  Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. 

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