Wicked Cast Recording Certified Double 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 double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Double platinum certification means the Decca Broadway recording, which features such tunes as "Defying Gravity," "Popular" and "The Wizard and I" — has sold  at least two million copies.

To celebrate the occasion, composer Stephen Schwartz will be presented with a commemorative plaque following the matinee performance at The Gershwin Theatre on Nov. 10.

Other Decca Broadway cast recordings to achieve double platinum status include Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

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. For more information visit wickedthemusical.com.

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