Wednesday, November 02, 2005

What a WICKED Sunday morning

When I arrived at The Center at 8:20 on Sunday morning, I couldn't believe my eyes. Not only was it WICKED Day in New York, but the enthusiasm seemed to have spread to Tampa, too. By 10 a.m. when the Ticket Office opened to begin selling tickets to the public for the Florida premiere of the tour of New York's biggest blockbuster WICKED, the line wrapped more than half way around The Center complex. The first of the thousands arrived at 3 a.m. to assure their place in line. All of the very early line-riders came prepared -- snacks, books, chairs, sleeping bags, blankets and video games. The line halved after about four hours, and halved again in another two.

Here's a photo of the line before the Ticket Office opened. Note that the line stretches all the way past our Stage Door, and that the Ticket Office is on the other side of the building.

The enthusiasm was palpable, as the soundtrack played loudly and many in line were unable to stop themselves from quietly singing along. Currently less than 8,000 of the original 60,000 tickets remain available for purchase. Talk about POPULAR!

- Summer B.

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