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`Wicked' wizard set for Pantages

January 05, 2007

John Rubinstein, who made his Broadway debut 35 years ago in the title role of Steven Schwartz's "Pippin," is reuniting with the composer: He'll play the wizard in the new production of "Wicked" that opens Feb. 10 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

He joins a cast that includes Eden Espinosa as Elphaba, Megan Hilty as Glinda and Carole Kane as Madame Morrible. The musical is a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz."

Despite having opened on Broadway in 2003, "Wicked" is hotter than ever. In the week between Christmas and New Year's, the show set a Broadway record by taking in more than $1.8 million at the Gershwin Theatre. It also set house records in three other cities where productions are playing: In London, the musical took in $1.69 million, Toronto $1.56 million and Chicago $1.37 million.

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Groundlings leader: Dan Fishbach, chairman of performing arts at L.A.'s Harvard-Westlake School, has been named executive director of the Groundling Theater. He'll oversee daily operations of the company's stage presentations and classes in improvisional acting.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday January 06, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
'Wicked': An article in Friday's Calendar section about casting for the production of "Wicked" that opens at the Pantages Theatre next month misspelled the first name of Carol Kane as Carole.

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