Monday, November 30, 2009

Congratulotions: A Wicked Milestone

Congratulotions: A Wicked Milestone

Theatre history was made last week as the six year old smash hit musical Wicked became Broadway's first show ever to earn more than $2 million in a single week.

While Wicked has long been Rialto's reigning box office champ, even after first debuting to mixed reviews at best on October 30, 2003, it has never been more popular than it was last week as it enjoyed performance #2518. When the grosses were tallied for Thanksgiving week, the sold-out musical earned a whopping $2,086,135 as it played to an audience of 14,472.

Additionally, Wicked eclipsed A Steady Rain as the toughest ticket on the Great White Way. Make that the Great Green Way, since the average price of a ticket for the show was a staggering $144.15. That's attributable to an unusually high number of premium tickets -- costing as much as $300 apiece -- that were sold for last week's performances, including five shows over the weekend alone.

Wicked's current roster on Broadway includes Dee Roscioli (Elphaba), Erin Mackey (Glinda), Rondi Reed (Madame Morrible), P. J. Benjamin (The Wizard), Kevin Kern (Fiyero), Alex Brightman (Boq), Michelle Federer (Nessarose; Federer created the role on Broadway) and Timothy Britten Parker (Dr. Dillamond).

Congratulations, er, congratulotions to everyone involved including Gregory Maguire (original novel), Stephen Schwartz (score), Winnie Holzman (book), Joe Mantello (director), and the rest of the casts and creative team.

Not only have you defied the critics, but you're continuing to defy gravity with audiences worldwide.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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2 Comments:

At 01 December, 2009, Blogger Debbie said...

And may Wicked continue to astound audiences for years to come!

I've seen Wicked many times over in many locations, and the current leads on Broadway of Dee and Erin are amid if not *the* best due ever seen! No doubt the chemistry between this pair on top of the individual talent through out the cast has been recognized by the numbers at the box office.

Congratulotions indeed!

~ Debbie

 
At 01 December, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Debbie,

I'm with you. I've seen the show at least 20 times by now and am still enchanted by it every time. I've also traveled the world to see each production, including in London, Melbourne, Stuttgart and Tokyo. Perhaps someday our shared affinity for the production will have us crossing paths!

Steve

 

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