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Friday, December 28th, 2012

Wicked Broadway Musical grossed $2,100,170 and had an attendance rate of 92.8%, about 0.2% less than that of the previous week. The 31 shows on the boards grossed $25,850,278, improving around 10.18% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 16 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending December 23, 2012.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $2,129,609
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $2,100,170
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,684,372
4. A Christmas Story – (LUNT-FONTANNE) $1,491,488
5. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,471,237
6. ELF – (AL HIRSCHFELD) $1,233,926
7. Glengarry Glen Ross – (SCHOENFELD) $1,194,666
8. Annie – (PALACE) $1,156,962
9. Once – (JACOBS) $1,070,355
10. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $978,948
11. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $952,451
12. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $950,424
13. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $888,346
14. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – (RICHARD RODGERS) $910,619
15. Evita – (MARQUIS) $774,870
16. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $761,891

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Wicked Musical officially welcomed its brand new London cast on Thursday at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. To celebrate the new cast Wicked put on some extra performances through the Christmas holidays.

Louise Dearman returns to play Elphaba

Louise Dearman returns to play Elphaba

Former Glinda Louise Dearman returns to play Elphaba, making history as the first leading lady to have starred in both roles, and Gina Beck continues to star as Glinda.

Also joining the cast are Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Sam Lupton (Boq) and original cast member Katie Rowley Jones, who returns to the role of Nessarose. Keith Bartlett (The Wizard) and Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) continue in their respective roles. Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) have also joined the cast.

There are daily 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wicked shows this Christmas: 26, 27, 28, 29 December 2012

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Wicked Musical is currently performing at The Fabulous Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO. Based on the novel by Gregory Macguire, “Wicked” is the back story of “The Wizard of Oz.” Wicked musical play at The Fabulous Fox Theatre reviewed by Andrea Braun. Here is the review:

The story begins with the birth of a bright green infant named Elphaba conceived in a one-night stand in which her apparently slutty mom slept with a man addicted to a colored substance he shared with her. So, okay, we don’t start out with a woman being anything but a stereotype. As it happens, said woman is married to the Governor of Munchkinland (only he’s not short) whom she does not love. Still, they conceive another daughter, Nessarose, who is born early and damaged from the plant her husband forces upon the mom to ensure the child is not green. Well, she’s not, but she’s premature and has underdeveloped legs, and her mother dies, leaving Elphaba with only a green bottle to remember her by.

We next see the sisters when their father drops them off at Shiz, a tony prep school for well-to-do children of powerful Ozians (Oz is an area divided into several different lands but all are under the control of the “Wonderful Wizard” of Oz.) Elphaba is only sent to be a guardian to daddy’s darling wheelchair-bound Nessa, but she displays her extraordinary powers early (she’s like The Hulk: You really don’t want to make her angry AND she’s green). The headmistress, Madame Morrible, selects her for special training, a privilege the wealthy and spoiled Galinda assumed would be hers. Instead, the vapid blonde and the smart green girl end up roommates who move from “loathing” (“What Is This Feeling”) to BFFs fairly quickly (in musical terms, within two songs before“Popular”).

Gregory Maguire’s novel, Wicked, tells the story of the “Wicked Witch of the West” before Dorothy blew into town, but the musical is quite different from its source material. Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Winnie Holzman (book) have created an entirely sympathetic Elphaba, a finally admirable Glinda (after she realizes her happiness is not the entire world’s responsibility), and others who are good—Fiyero, beloved of both Elphaba and Glinda, and Boq, a virtual slave to the nasty Nessa—or bad—Morrible, the Wizard. A talented singing and dancing chorus functions as Shiz students, citizens of Oz, palace guards, and those famous flying monkeys. It is a lovely looking show, leaning toward gears and a big clock and stylized costumes. It’s essentially really elaborate Steampunk.

Read the complete review {Via PLAYBACKstl.com}

Wicked will be in Saint Louis MO through January 6, 2013. Buy Wicked The Fabulous Fox Theatre Tickets Online – SAVE $10 when you spend $350+, Use code AFF$10.

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

By BROADWAY.COM

The blockbuster Broadway musical Wicked celebrated another landmark on December 17 when Tony winner Susan Hilferty’s gorgeous Elphaba costume was inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Hilferty’s design joined pieces from the musicals Rent, Hello Dolly!, The King and I, Cats and The Lion King in the museum’s permanent entertainment collections. The dress, hat and broom that are featured in the current “American Stories” exhibit were originally made and worn on Broadway by actress Mandy Gonzalez. To commemorate the occasion, Broadway cast members Donna Vivino and Tiffany Haas sang selections from the show. In the photo above, Hilferty is joined by the acting director of the museum, Marc Pachter, and a sketch of the costume.

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History - Wicked

Photo provided by Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Read the news {Via BROADWAY.COM}

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Willemijn Verkaik, is currently performing the role of Elphaba in the Dutch production of Wicked, will make her Broadway debut as Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre in 2013.

Willemijn Verkaik to Join Wicked Broadway in 2013

Willemijn Verkaik to Join Wicked Broadway in 2013

Willemijn Verkaik will play a 15-week engagement beginning February 12, 2013. She will succeed Jackie Burns, who plays her final performance in New York on February 10, 2013.

“Since opening in 2003, Wicked has truly become a global phenomenon and no one exemplifies the show’s international appeal more than Willemijn,” said producer David Stone in a statement. “As soon as we saw Willemijn’s astonishing debut as Elphaba in 2007, we knew we wanted to bring her to New York one day. Happily, that day has arrived. Her performance has thrilled audiences in two major international markets, and we cannot wait to introduce her to Broadway.”

Verkaik has performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked for over 1,000 performances in both Germany (Stuttgart and Oberhausen) and Holland. She was awarded the Musicalworld Award for her performance in Wicked and also received the 2009 and 2010 Readers’ Choice Best Musical Actress Award from the German magazine Musical.

Verkaik will join a cast that currently includes Alli Mauzey as Glinda, Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond and F. Michael Haynie as Boq.

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Monday, December 17th, 2012

Wicked Broadway Musical Lead the list with grosses $1,866,094 and had an attendance rate of 93.0%, about 2.9% more than that of the previous week. The 31 shows on the boards grossed $23,488,098, slipping around 0.73% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 16 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending December 16, 2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,866,094
2. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,840,393
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,677,950
4. A Christmas Story – (LUNT-FONTANNE) $1,377,131
5. Glengarry Glen Ross – (SCHOENFELD) $1,224,543
6. ELF – (AL HIRSCHFELD) $1,137,915
7. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,121,302
8. Annie – (PALACE) $1,081,871
9. Once – (JACOBS) $1,069,427
10. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $1,012,884
11. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $910,619
12. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $895,240
13. Evita – (MARQUIS) $810,297
14. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $757,858
15. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $691,677
16. War Horse – (VIVIAN BEAUMONT) $672,506

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Wicked Musical is currently performing at Fabulous Fox Theatre-St. Louis, MO. Based on the novel by Gregory Macguire, “Wicked” is the back story of “The Wizard of Oz.” Harry Hamm reviewed the musical at stlouis.cbslocal.com. Here is the review:

From every production value you can imagine, and some you probably couldn’t until you see the show, “Wicked” is a masterwork of staging and creativity. It is the kind of production that challenges itself on every level and succeeds brilliantly. Casting is always a strong point of this production and in this visit, it is exceptional as well. Christine Dwyer as Elphaba carries the role with a wonderful voice and strident, authentic strength of character.

Jeanna de Waal as Glinda is sweet, funny and full of feeling when it is needed. The performance chemistry between she and Dwyer is genuinely winning.

Supporting and ensemble casts member are all outstanding, especially Jay Russell as Dr. Dillamond, Billy Harrigan as Fiyero and Paul Kreppel as The Wizard.

“Wicked” is a musical that is moving, amusing, exciting, funny and heartfelt. Subtexts abound. There are so many elements that can relate to almost any audience member about instances in their own stories that in many ways “Wicked” becomes a reaffirmation of life. And by the way, the 14 piece orchestra, under the baton of Valerie Gebert, and including 9 local musicians, makes the music soar. “Wicked” will be on stage at The Fabulous Fox Theatre through January 6.

Read the complete review {Via stlouis.cbslocal.com}

Wicked will be at Fox Theatre through January 6, 2013. Buy Wicked Saint Louis MO Tickets Online at discounted prices – SAVE $10 when you spend $350+, Use code AFF$10.

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Monday, December 10th, 2012

Wicked Broadway Musical grossed $1,825,121 and had an attendance rate of 90.1%, about 4.4% more than that of the previous week. The 30 shows on the boards grossed 23,837,825, improving around 7.06% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 16 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending December 09, 2012.

1. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,833,258
2. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,825,121
3. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,689,972
4. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,219,093
5. Glengarry Glen Ross – (SCHOENFELD) $1,181,244
6. A Christmas Story – (LUNT-FONTANNE) $1,130,429
7. Once – (JACOBS) $1,092,379
8. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $1,080,834
9. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $1,064,228
10. Annie – (PALACE) $1,058,727
11. ELF – (AL HIRSCHFELD) $994,479
12. Evita – (MARQUIS) $920,994
13. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $908,298
14. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $780,056
15. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $758,912
16. War Horse – (VIVIAN BEAUMONT) $698,128

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Wicked musical tour will be returning to Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium March 13 to March 31, 2013. Wicked broke box office records and sold out in record time in 2008 and 2010. Tickets for the Charlotte return engagement go on sale Friday, December 7, 2012.

Wicked Ovens Auditorium Performance Schedule:
Tuesdays ( Mar 19, 26 ) – 7:30 PM
Wednesdays ( Mar 13, 20, 27 ) – 7:30 PM
Thursdays ( Mar 14, 21, 28 ) – 7:30 PM
Fridays ( Mar 15, 22, 29 ) – 8:00 PM
Saturdays ( Mar 16, 23, 30 ) – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays ( Mar 17, 24, 31 ) – 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM
Additional show on Thursday, Mar 14 at 2:00 PM

Tickets at the box office go on sale Friday, December 7, from 7-9 a.m. The first 50 people in line to purchase tickets will receive a commemorative baseball cap from the hit musical Wicked.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Wicked will be at Ovens Auditorium through March 31, 2013. Buy Wicked Charlotte NC Tickets Online at discounted prices – Save $10 when you spend 350+, Use code AFF$10.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Wicked Broadway Musical grossed $1,696,781 and had an attendance rate of 85.7%, about 11.4% less than that of the previous week. The 30 shows on the boards grossed $22,154,855, dropping around 20.40% from the previous week’s totals.

Below are the Top 16 Grosses from BroadwayWorld.com for the week ending December 02, 2012.

1. Wicked – (GERSHWIN) $1,696,781
2. The Book Of Mormon – (EUGENE O’NEILL) $1,672,310
3. The Lion King – (MINSKOFF) $1,647,968
4. Glengarry Glen Ross – (SCHOENFELD) $1,177,056
5. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – (FOXWOODS) $1,098,685
6. Once – (JACOBS) $1,046,542
7. Jersey Boys – (AUGUST WILSON) $1,018,387
8. A Christmas Story – (LUNT-FONTANNE) $976,184
9. Annie – (PALACE) $948,150
10. Nice Work If You Can Get It – (IMPERIAL) $897,600
11. Evita – (MARQUIS) $846,483
12. ELF – (AL HIRSCHFELD) $845,719
13. Newsies – (NEDERLANDER) $841,298
14. Mary Poppins – (NEW AMSTERDAM) $699,157
15. The Phantom Of The Opera – (MAJESTIC) $682,365
16. Mamma Mia! – (WINTER GARDEN) $623,646

{Via BroadwayWorld.com}

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