‘Wicked’ Becomes Third Musical to Earn Over $1 Billion at Broadway Box Office

Rachel Tucker and Kara Lindsay in WICKED photo by Joan Marcus 2015 copy
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 “Wicked,” the Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical about the witches of Oz, has become the third musical to earn over $1 billion at the Broadway box office, behind “The Lion King” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The Tony and Grammy-winning musical, now playing at the Gershwin Theatre, is the fastest musical to ever enter the $1 billion club, doing so in just 12 and a half years on the Great White Way.

Since opening in October 2003, “Wicked” has gone on to become a global phenomenon, grossing over $4 billion worldwide. It’s played over 100 cities across 14 countries and has been translated into six languages.

“Wicked” is also the 10th longest-running show in Broadway history. (“The Phantom of the Opera” holds the top spot on that list).

Adapted by bookwriter Winnie Holzman from Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same name, “Wicked” features a score by Stephen Schwartz (“Pippin”) and direction from Joe Mantello (“Blackbird,” “The Humans”).

The original production starred Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) as the wicked witch of the west, Elphaba, and Kristin Chenoweth (TV’s “Pushing Daisies”) as Glinda the good.

A big screen adaptation is currently in the works.

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