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Broadway Hits Big During Holidays

‘Tis the season!

Not surprisingly, Broadway (in New York City) is HUGE during the holiday season.  There are thirty six productions on Broadway during the holidays and gross ticket sales increased by more than $1 million to $20,911,150 for the week ending November 7.  This is up from a very impressive $19,695,420 the week prior.

In a comparison from last year at this point to this season, total sales are up to $461,755,883, or 0.4 percent ahead.  “Wicked” at the Gershwin ranked number one in show sales with more than a million or more in ticket sales. *

Wicked is an amazing show.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you really must.  It is the tale of Elphaba  (a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the West) in Oz before Dorothy came to town.  The show is loosely based on the novel Wicked by Gregory Maguire (which is a TRULY incredible book.  Go pick it up if you haven’t read it yet).  The show follows Elphaba (firstly explaining her green skin!) and her relationship with Glinda through school, shared loved interests and later on Elphaba’s public and political fall from grace.  This is an exceptionally smart and well thought out musical.  After seeing this show, you will never think of The Wizard of Oz in the same light again.

The costumes, make-up and staging are absolutely gorgeous.  The characters are well-defined and the songs are wonderful.  The music will stick with you for a very long time.  Wicked is seriously an experience not to miss.

Wicked recently celebrated its 7th Anniversary on October 30, 2010, and the musical is currently the 25th longest-running show in musical theater history and the 17th longest-running Broadway show.  Wowza.

The Broadway production’s success spawned productions in  Los Angeles (Pantages Theatre), Chicago (Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre), London’s West End (Apollo Victoria Theater) San Francisco (Curran Theater),  international productions in Germany, Japan and Australia, and two North American tours that have raised their curtains in over thirty cities in Canada and the United States.

The tour will finally come to Las Vegas from August 29 through October 7, 2012 which will surely draw enormous crowds.

Notable cast members have included Kristin Chenoweth (Tony Award winner) as Glinda,  Idina Menzel (recently on Glee as Lea Michelle’s estranged mother) as Elphaba,  Ana Gasteyer  as Elphaba (Saturday Night Light), and Rue McClanahan as the evil school headmistress (Golden Girls).

* cited from TicketNews.com