Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 04, 2013
What is it with Wicked? Already a three-time Tony winner, the musical continues to cast a spell on audiences from across the pond to America's heartland.
Officially known as Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, the musical premiered at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway in October of 2003, where it consistently remains at over 100 percent capacity, as per official box office data provided by entertainment-link.com.
The London production continues to be extended by popular demand at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it opened in September of 2006.
Currently, the two U.S. traveling productions, after successful runs in Charlotte, Tucson, and Rochester, are closing at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas and the Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Both the Kalamazoo and Dallas casts wrap on May 5 and open on May 8 at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana and the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana, respectively.
The South Bend production plays through May 19 and opens at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin on May 22, while the New Orleans production plays an extended stint.
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Wicked has enjoyed steady box office success since its debut. It currently holds the weekly-gross-takings records in Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and London. In the week ending January 2, 2011, the London, Broadway, and both North American touring productions all simultaneously broke their respective records for the highest weekly gross.
It is also estimated that as of September 2011, Wicked’s North American and international companies have been seen by nearly 30 million people worldwide and cumulatively grossed almost $2.5 billion in receipts. (Source: wikipedia.org)
The original Broadway production celebrated its ninth anniversary on October 30, 2012, after playing 3,822 performances, making it the 12th longest-running Broadway show in history. Since its opening in 2003, it has broken the house record at the Gershwin Theatre twenty times.
It regularly plays to over 100 percent capacity and grosses in excess of $1.6 million each week, making it one of the most lucrative productions on Broadway. Plus, Wicked is only the third musical in Broadway history to exceed $500 million in total gross. And, in the final week of 2012, the Broadway production re-broke its own record, earning an all-time gross of $2.9 million. (Source: Wikipedia.com)
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, the original Broadway production was directed by Joe Mantello and choreographed by Wayne Cilento. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire’s book called Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – a parallel novel of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
It tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good Witch of the North). The two struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government, and finally, Elphaba's fall from grace.
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