‘Wicked’ becomes 4th longest-running show in Broadway history


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Jahlil Rush, Production Assistant

Broadway’s “Wicked,” an original story detailing adventures before Dorothy’s time in the land of Oz, is slated to make history as one of the longest-running plays on Broadway.

April 11 will mark the play’s 7,486th performance, making “Wicked” the fourth longest-running Broadway show in history. The Broadway hit will surpass fellow theatrical hits such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” as the fourth-longestrunning production on the Great White Way.

“Phantom of the Opera,” which ended its run in this month, previously held the title as the number one longest-running play with13,891 performances. It is followed by “Chicago” which has held 10,321 performances and Disney’s “The Lion King” with 9,936 performances.

Since its premiere, “Wicked” has been a critical and commercial success, receiving numerous awards and accolades. “Wicked” is the recipient of over 100 international awards including a Grammy Award and three Tony Awards.

The show has also spawned productions around the world, playing in over 100 cities in 16 countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan. “Wicked” has been translated into six different languages for international audiences.

Taking the play onto a global stage has allowed “Wicked” to be seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide and to garner over $5 billion in sales revenue.

“Wicked” will also have much more to celebrate as the play will reach its 20th anniversary this October.

“Wicked” first opened on Broadway in 2003 and starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristen Chenoweth as Glinda and Joel Grey as the Wizard.

The musical is based on the novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire, which explores the backstory of the iconic character and her relationship with the Good Witch of the North, Glinda.

The production’s popularity has spanned across multiple media formats, proving its deserving mark in media history.

A two-part movie adaptation with director Jon M. Chu is currently in the early development stages at Universal Studios. The “Wicked” film counterpart will star Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande as Elphaba and Glinda, who will form an unlikely friendship.

The stars and Chu gave their respective social media followers a sneak peek at the upcoming project. The first part will hit theaters in November 2024 while part two will be in theaters in December 2025.

This major milestone is a testament to the show’s enduring popularity and appeal to audiences around the world. As “Wicked” continues its historic run on Broadway, it also serves as a testament to the enduring power of musical theater.

In a pop culture era where entertainment trends come and go, “Wicked” has proven to be a timeless classic that will continue to captivate audiences for generations to come.

As the iconic Broadway hit continues to break records and inspire new generations of theatergoers, it remains a shining example of the transformative power of storytelling and the enduring legacy of Broadway.