Universal CityWalk And 'Wicked' Introduce 'Wannabe Wicked' Summertime Series Inviting Guests to Audition for Walk-on Appearance in Los Angeles Production of 'Wicked'

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its free
 "Summer Block Party" entertainment series, Universal CityWalk is partnering
 with the blockbuster musical "Wicked" to present "Wannabe Wicked," a
 competitive performance series that will award an aspiring performer with a
 walk-on appearance in the Los Angeles production.
 
     Performers who wish to take part in the "Wannabe Wicked" competition
 are encouraged to visit http://www.CityWalkHollywood.com/Wicked. They'll be
 directed to upload and submit their online video performance entry,
 selecting one song to perform from a list of five suggested songs:
 "Popular," "Defying Gravity," "Dancing Through Life," "For Good" or "The
 Wizard and I."
 
     The online performances of "Wicked's" most memorable songs will be
 judged weekly by theater industry professionals on the basis of vocal
 quality, performance delivery, vocal accuracy and overall performance. Each
 "Wannabe Wicked" Wednesday performance will showcase ten selected
 performers who will be invited to sing before a live Universal CityWalk
 audience throughout the duration of the summer series: July 2, July 9, July
 16, July 30, August 6 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.
 
     On Wednesday, August 20, a winner will be selected from among the
 finalists and will walk away with a walk-on appearance in "Wicked."
 
     The "Wannabe Wicked" performance competition is open to the public and
 there is a $10 processing fee to submit the online audition. Deadline for
 submission is 5pm PST on June 5, 2008. Additional information, including
 dates, rules and regulations and audition video requirements, is located at
 http://www.CityWalkHollywood.com/Wicked.
 
     "Wannabe Wicked" Wednesdays are part of CityWalk's "Summer Block Party"
 featuring free entertainment seven nights a week including live bands, the
 popular free movie night and talent competitions from June 20 through
 August 31.
 
     "Wicked," the smash hit musical that the New York Times called, "one of
 the most successful shows in Broadway history" continues its long
 engagement at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through January 11, 2009.
 Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked's" music and lyrics is
 composed by Stephen Schwartz and includes a book written by Winnie Holzman.
 The production is directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne
 Cilento. "Wicked' is a production of Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The
 Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
 
     Winner of 20 major awards including the Grammy(R) Award and three Tony
 Awards(R), "Wicked" is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before
 Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with
 emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is
 beautiful, ambitious and very popular. "Wicked" tells the story of their
 remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the
 Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
 
     "Wicked" tickets are on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.com or
 http://www.ticketmaster.com/wicked by phone at 213-365-3500 or
 714-740-7878, in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, 6233 Hollywood
 Blvd., or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Groups of fifteen (15) or more can
 call 866-755-3075 or online at http://www.nedgroups.com.
 
     Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.,
 includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk
 entertainment, shopping and dining complex; the Universal CityWalk Cinemas;
 and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park
 features such groundbreaking attractions as "Revenge of the Mummy(TM) --
 The Ride," "Shrek 4-D(TM)," "Jurassic Park(R) -- The Ride," the
 world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such
 landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg's "War of the
 Worlds," and the new mega- attraction, "The Simpsons Ride," opening Spring,
 2008.
 
     Universal Studios Hollywood (http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com)
 is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a
 part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media
 and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of
 entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of
 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC
 Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment
 networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television
 production operations, a leading television stations group, and
 world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric,
 with 20% controlled by Vivendi.
 
 
Universal Studios Hollywood Media Website: http://media.universalstudioshollywood.com

SOURCE Universal CityWalk

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