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Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification

With sales surpassing the two million mark, the Grammy® award-winning original cast recording of Wicked has officially been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Since its opening, the production has continued to captivate audiences and currently ranks in the top 20 of Broadway's longest running shows, having played over 2,910 performances to date.

BroadwayWorld.com was on hand as composer Stephen Schwartz was presented with a commemorative plaque following the matinee performance at The Gershwin Theater on November 10, 2010. Schwartz's storied career spans over four decades and his body of work includes scores for Godspell (1971) and Pippin (1972) as well as a number of successful films including Pocahonatas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Enchanted (2007).

Declared "a cultural phenomenon" by Variety and "The Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly, Wicked is the winner of 35 major awards including the Grammy® and three Tony Awards. The acclaimed CD continues to be a mainstay on top of Billboard's Broadway Chart and the music has very clearly made its mark on popular culture - having been performed on hit TV shows such as ‘Glee' and ‘American Idol'.

The story begins long before Dorothy drops in, when 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.

With this honor, Wicked joins an elite group of Decca Broadway cast recordings to achieve double platinum status including Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

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Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
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Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
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Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
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Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Katie Rose Clarke & Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Katie Rose Clarke & Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez, Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez, Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez, Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez, Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt, P.J. Benjamin, Katie Rose Clarke, Mandy Gonzalez, Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Producer Marc Platt , Mandy Gonzalez, Composer Stephen Schwartz & Katie Rose Clarke

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Katie Rose Clarke

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification
Composer Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: 'WICKED' Receives RIAA Double Platinum Certification

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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