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Wicked Becomes Ninth Longest-Running Show in Broadway History

The hit musical surpasses ”Beauty and the Beast” with 5,462 performances.

A scene from Wicked on Broadway.
A scene from Wicked on Broadway.
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Following today's matinee performance, Wicked becomes the 9th-longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing Beauty and the Beast with its 5,462nd performance at the Gershwin Theatre. The show originally opened October 30, 2003.

Based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is set in the land of Oz and tells the story of young girls Glinda and Elphaba, who grow up to become Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, the production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento.

Since opening in 2003, Wicked has been performed in over one-hundred cities in sixteen countries around the world and has thus far been translated into six languages. In addition to the Broadway production, Wicked in North America has enjoyed engagements in Chicago, where it ran for nearly four years; Los Angeles, where it ran for two years; and San Francisco, where it ran for nearly two years, as well as two concurrent National Tours.

The musical currently stars Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Madame Morrible, Peter Scolari as The Wizard, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose, Michael Genet as Dr. Dillamond, and Zachary Noah Piser as Boq.

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