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"A theatre goer since I was 2, I am now 26, I can not recall being as moved in so many directions as I was while watching Wicked."

- Matt B.

"If I could pick where I had to die, It would be at a performance of Wicked. If I could pick the last words that I heard, It would be the last note of the song "Defying Gravity." This show is utterly amazing!"

- Jen M.

"Wicked is a musical that does best what musicals are supposed to do: transport the audience beyond the world they know. Whether you dream of being Galinda/Glinda, the toast of society, or Elphaba, the beautifully misinterpreted outcast, Oz inspires you. What more is theater for?"

- Hols F.

"Wicked did it all for me. Wit, charm, excitement, romance, surprises, it's all there. If you're going to see a show in New York, see Wicked."

- John H.

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Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108

Wicked the Musical (show information)
Playing: 09/12/07 - 10/26/07
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Boston Opera House Information

The newly renovated Boston Opera House has quickly become one the best theatre venues in Boston. Originally opened in 1928 as the B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre, the venue was not known as the Opera House until 1978. The Boston Opera House re-opened in 2003 after extensive renovations that were paid for by Clear Channel. Disney's the Lion King was the first major event performed at the new Boston Opera House. More recently the Opera House played host to Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays. In 2006, the very popular Broadway show "Wicked" will call the Opera House it's home for the Boston run of the show.

The first Boston Opera House was built in 1901 on Huntington Ave. in Boston, Massachusetts. It was described as a "perfect jewel-box of an opera house" and despite its smallish size, was the venue for many of the local opera companies, as well as the Metropolitan Opera Tours. It was just two blocks from Boston Symphony Hall, and one block up from the New England Conservatory of Music.

During the Great Depression and World War II, the Opera House fell into disuse and disrepair. The Boston Redevelopment Authority, acting on behalf of the Northeastern University Trustees, declared the Opera House unsafe, and scheduled it for demolition. The local opera community demonstrated and petitioned the BRA to spare their only venue, but the order stood. The first and second demolition companies gave up in frustration, as the opera house resisted their demolition efforts. Only after a new and larger wrecking derrick arrived, did the walls fall. Ron Della Chiesa, noted WGBH-FM announcer, has a brick, which was his souvenir of the old house. The Northeastern dormitory, Speare Hall, now stands on the corner of Opera Way and Huntington Ave.

The current Opera House in Boston, fashioned from the old B.F. Keith movie and Vaudeville theater on Washington St. came into the hands of Ms. Sarah Caldwell, at the behest of her close supporter, Ms. Timken, heiress to an energy company in New England. Despite support from Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, as well as the Soviet Government, Ms. Caldwell's well deserved reputation as an opera innovator, but poor financial administrator caught up with her in 1991. The theater, unheated, fell prey to a catastrophic flood, destroying the electrical system. The roof, under which decades of costumes were stored, allowed the elements to wreak havoc with them. Mayor Thomas Menino, with the aid of Senator Edward Kennedy, whose father, Joseph, was the first owner, helped to provide National Landmark status. After a series of failed or delayed development proposals, the Clear Channel Company agreed to renovate the theater. The cost was 30 million dollars, and involved enlarging the stage house, provoking a multi-year court fight with the neighboring Tremont on the Commons condominium building, whose concerns with fire safety were eventually overcome with the persuasion of Mayor Menino.

The agreement involved a clause in which opera is supposed to be produced in the theater at least two weeks a year. Clear Channel has booked the theater for the foreseeable future with their Disney-themed productions. The Boston Opera community welcomed the efforts of Mayor Menino and Clear Channel to refurbish the Opera House, and now is waiting for them to make good on the agreement.

Driving Directions to the Boston Opera House

Take Route 93 South to Exit 26 (Storrow Drive).
Take Storrow Drive to the Downtown Exit.
Bear to the left across Beacon Street to Arlington Street.
The Public Garden will be on the left.
At the corner of The Public Garden, turn left onto Boylston Street.
You will see The Colonial Theatre located 1/2 a block up across from the Boston Common.
At the light, continue straight and then make a left unto Washington Street.
The Opera House will be on your left.

Take Route 93 North to Exit 20.
Follow signs towards Downtown/South Station and at the 2nd traffic light turn left onto Kneeland Street.
Continue on Kneeland Street to the 7th light and turn right onto Washington Street.
The Opera House will be on your left at 539 Washington Street.

Take the Mass Pike East (Rt. 90) to Exit number 24A.
At the 1st traffic light turn left onto Kneeland Street.
At the 5th traffic light turn right onto Washington Street.
The Opera House will be on your left at 539 Washington Street.

Take Exit 26 where the Arthur Fiedler Bridge is and take a short left.
Take a right onto Arlington St and stay on Arlington St. and go through 3 lights to Boylston St.
Take a left and get in the right lane where you will pass the Four Seasons Hotel.
Go through 1 more set of lights crossing over Charles Street.
Go past the Colonial Theatre and the intersection of Tremont and Boylston.
Take a left onto Washington Street. The Opera House will be on your left at 539 Washington Street.

MBTA to Boston Opera House

Green Line
Take Green Line to Boylston St. stop
Exit Station and cross over Tremont St.
Walk down Boylston St (away from the Boston Commons)
At the next light, turn Left onto Washington St.
The Opera House will be on your Left (just before Felt-Billiard/Lounge)

Red Line
Take Red Line to Park St. Station
Exit Station and cross over Tremont St. and walk straight down Winter St.
At the end of the block, turn Right onto Washington St.
Continue down Washington St
The Opera House will be on your Right (just after Felt Billiard/Lounge)

Orange Line
Take the Orange line to Downtown Crossing station
From station, use the Washington St./Summer St. exit
Turn Left onto Washington St and continue for several blocks
The Opera House will be on your Right (just after Felt Billiard/Lounge)

Silver Line
Take Silver Line to either Boylston St. or Downtown Crossing stops.
From Boylston St follow Green Line directions
From Downtown Crossing station follow Orange Line directions

Commuter Rail
If you are coming into South Station or North Station from the Commuter Rail you may travel to the theatre by foot (South Station only) or by subway.

From North Station
MBTA - Take with Orange Line (towards Forest Hills) or the Green Line (Inbound) and follow directions above.

From South Station
MBTA-Take Red Line (towards Alewife) to Park St. and follow directions above.
Walking-Exit station and turn onto Summer St (away from river). Continue on Summer St. for several blocks and turn Left onto Washington St. The Opera House will be on your Right (just after Felt Billiard/Lounge)

Parking Info for The Opera House

There are many parking garages around The Opera House, the theatre district and the Downtown Crossing area.

All Right Parking (near The Ritz Carlton Boston Common)
Located at the corner of Avery St. and Washington St.

Boston Common Garage
Located on Charles Street (between Boylston St. and Beacon St.)

City Place Garage
Located on Charles St. (between Boylston St. and Stuart St.)

FitzInn Parking Garage
Located at 646-672 Washington St.

Hyatt Regency Hotel Parking Garage (Lafayette Garage)
Located at 1 Avenue de Lafayette

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