‘Wicked’ bewitches Hollywood crowd

Hit tuner makes its way to the City of Angels

HOLLYWOOD — Universal Pictures’ “Wicked” tuner hopped a broomstick in mid-June and flew West for a Hollywood run; a stint that officially got under way June 22 at the Pantages — followed by an all-the-stops pulled post-party, held a few blocks away.

The $14 million production, about the witches of Oz, has personal ties to Hollywood — it’s where the show was originally conceived (as a film) under the watch of producer Marc Platt — so it was no surprise the town showed in droves to welcome the show.

And while the tour’s leading ladies Stephanie J. Block and Kendra Kassebaum were belles of the large and lavish ball — especially posh for a legit preem (save “The Lion King”) — it was Platt’s night any way you cut it. Many were there to support him.

In fact, considering the tuner’s boffo run in Gotham, and the fact that much of Tinseltown’s denizens are a bi-coastal lot, there is little doubt that June 22 was a return engagement for many.

One preemgoer dubbed it “a big bar mitzvah for Platt, and a full circle for the show.”

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