Student Engagement Gets Tickets to Two Major Broadway Shows

The Office of Student Engagement has two shows lined up for the fall semester and they’ll be ones you won’t want to miss out on: “Wicked” on September 17 and “School of Rock” on September 24.

Tickets for “Wicked” go on sale September 12 at 1p.m. and tickets for School of Rock go on sale September 19 at 1p.m. in the Student Engagement Office.

“Wicked,” the musical based on the book of the same name, has been on Broadway since 2003.

It tells the backstory of the famous villain, Wicked Witch of the West, before Dorothy fell into Oz.

Elphaba, the real name of the Wicked Witch, wasn’t always the evil character people know her as in “The Wizard of Oz.”

She went to college with her sister, Nessarose–the original owner of the ruby slippers–and Glinda the good witch way back when.

They must face their head master, Madame Morrible, and the Wizard of Oz himself as trouble grows in the city.

Full of foreshadowing alluding to Dorothy’s imminent arrival and well-known songs like “Popular” and “Defying Gravity,” this Broadway classic is one students will most definitely want to see.

It isn’t the first time the school has gotten tickets to see Wicked, but Student Engagement Director, John Bennett, knows it’s a great show that students always love.

“Wicked is such a popular show and even though we’ve gone before, it’s always fun to go again,” Bennett said.

“School of Rock,” the musical based on the movie of the same name, premiered back in December of 2015. The movie, starring Jack Black and a young Miranda Cosgrove, became the rock musical it is today thanks to the legendary Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Webber currently has three shows running on Broadway – “School of Rock,” “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera” – with talks of a fourth one being revived within the next year. With incredible credits like that, “School of Rock” will most definitely live up to the hype.

The audience meets Dewey Finn who was recently kicked out of his band and is out of a job. His roommate and roommate’s girlfriend pester him to get a job when Dewey answers a call intended for his roommate relating to a job perspective. 

Now Dewey becomes Mr. Schneebly, a substitute teacher at Horace Green. There he meets a group of fifth grade students and teaches them how to rock. The show has a nonstop energy of rocking out and standing up for what you believe in, as the cast encourages you to “Stick it to the Man” and tells you “You’re in the Band.” This brand new show allows students to get discount tickets to a recent Tony-nominated musical, something Bennett thinks will be a very cool experience.

“Students will have so much fun with it, it’s a brand new show,” Bennett said.

Deciding on tickets is a group effort. Ideas come from student suggestions, social life and student government until there are discernible favorites.

However, the shows need to have at least 200 tickets in group packages because of the demand by the student body for discount Broadway tickets. Choosing these shows takes many months, but no matter the show, students always end up loving it.

“I think it’s one of the reasons many of the students come here. We have such a beautiful campus… then students can take advantage of cultural things in the city such as Broadway plays,” said Bennett.

As for future tickets, Bennett is excited for students to have another chance to see a big production on November 19, with tickets to Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. But other Broadway shows are up in the air as of now.

“One day we’ll get Hamilton tickets, probably when it’s not cool anymore,” Bennett said.