Wicked Breaks Record for Highest-Grossing Week in Broadway History
By Andrew Gans
The Broadway production of the international hit musical Wicked grossed $2,228,235 for the week ending Jan. 2. The total was not only a new house record at the Gershwin Theatre but also the highest gross for a week of performances in Broadway history.
Wicked's two North American touring productions also broke box-office records in Chicago ($1,726,476) and Indianapolis ($1,597,732), bringing the musical's one-week North American box-office gross to $5,552,443.
The Broadway production currently stars Mandy Gonzalez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Kyle McDaniel as Fiyero, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Etai BenShlomo as Boq, Jenny Fellner as Nessarose and Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond.
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 journeys.
Wicked features a score by Schwartz, a book by Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The creative team also includes scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Meola, projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, music supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus, orchestrations by William David Brohn and dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.
Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
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