Wicked Cast Recording Certified Platinum

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The original Broadway cast recording of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked — starring Tony Award winners Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth — has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Kristin Chenoweth in her Tony nominated performance inWicked
Kristin Chenoweth in her Tony nominated performance inWicked Photo by Joan Marcus

Platinum certification means the Decca Broadway recording has sold at least one million copies. The disc — featuring such tunes as "Defying Gravity," "Popular" and "The Wizard and I" — is also currently #1 on Billboard's Top Cast Album Chart.

It's been a good few weeks for the hit musical at the Gershwin Theatre. It was also recently announced that the musical broke the all-time Broadway box-office record, bringing in $1,715,155 for the week ending Nov. 26.

With a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, after a summer tryout at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.

Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths.

The Broadway company, directed by Joe Mantello, plays the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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