‘Wicked’ witches fly to Orpheum

Musical set for San Francisco theater

The witches of “Wicked” are packing up their broomsticks and heading for the Bay Area: The megahit tuner begins an open-ended run at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater early next year.

Move shifts the Broadway juggernaut’s West Coast outpost from L.A. After the show’s Hollywood incarnation ends a nearly two-year run at the Pantages on Jan. 11, the physical production travels to San Francisco for perfs beginning in late January.

No word on casting has yet been confirmed.

The musical originated in San Francisco with a 2003 out-of-town tryout at the Curran Theater prior to the show’s Broadway opening that fall. In 2005 the national tour hit the city for a six-week stint that played to sellout crowds.

This time around “Wicked” will be presented as part of San Francisco’s Best of Broadway series, under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays.

The Rialto production is consistently the street’s top seller, so far grossing more than $300 million. In addition to the current L.A. version and the national tour, the show has another sit-down production running in Chicago.

“Wicked” is also playing in London, Tokyo and Stuttgart, with an upcoming stint in Melbourne set to begin this summer.

Marc Platt, David Stone, Universal Pictures, the Araca Group and Jon B. Platt produce.

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