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WICKED Breaks Record to Become Highest Grossing Production in Nine Consecutive YearsWICKED Breaks Record to Become Highest Grossing Production in Nine Consecutive Years
by BWW News Desk - January 3, 2013

The blockbuster musical WICKED has achieved an unprecedented Broadway milestone as it enters its 10th Anniversary year, becoming the first Broadway musical ever to remain the highest grossing production for a record-breaking nine consecutive years. Since opening in 2004, its first full year at the Gershwin Theatre, WICKED has remained at the top of the Broadway grosses. (more...)
WICKED Sets New Broadway and Touring Records in 2012WICKED Sets New Broadway and Touring Records in 2012
by BWW News Desk - January 2, 2013

Entering its 10th Anniversary year, the hit Broadway musical Wicked has set a new Broadway record for the highest one-week gross with a box office take of $2,947,172, for the week ending December 30, 2012. The blockbuster musical has been Broadway's #1 show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years, annually out-grossing all other productions since 2004, its first full year on Broadway. (more...)
Eden Espinosa's New Album LOOK AROUND Hits No. 41 on iTunes Pop ChartEden Espinosa's New Album LOOK AROUND Hits No. 41 on iTunes Pop Chart
by BWW News Desk - December 19, 2012

Can Broadway music find its way back into pop culture? Broadway's Eden Espinosa just released her new album LOOK AROUND yesterday, December 18, and the singer hit #41 on the iTunes POP chart, ahead of the likes of Adele, Katy Perry and more. (more...)
Nearly $38,000 Raised for STAGES St. Louis and BC/EFA at A WICKED WONDERLANDNearly $38,000 Raised for STAGES St. Louis and BC/EFA at A WICKED WONDERLAND
by BWW News Desk - December 19, 2012

On Monday, December 17, 2012, the National Touring Company of Wicked hosted A Wicked WONDERLAND at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO. The event featured the company of Wicked, and net proceeds benefited Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and STAGES ST. LOUIS. Tickets ranged from $25 for students/actors to $100 for VIPs which included a post-show meet-and-greet reception with the cast. In addition to the performance, the event featured live and silent auctions including several opportunities to join the company backstage at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. (more...)
WICKED's Elphaba Costume Inducted into the Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryWICKED's Elphaba Costume Inducted into the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2012

In a historic ceremony on Monday, December 17th, the blockbuster musical WICKED's iconic Elphaba costume, hat and broom were inducted into the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Tony Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty was on hand to sign the deed of gift as well as Broadway cast members Donna Vivino and Tiffany Haas who sang a selection of song from WICKED to commemorate this significant event. The costume elements will join objects from the musicals King and I, Rent and The Lion King in the museum's permanent entertainment collections. (more...)
Willemijn Verkaik's Green Journey to BroadwayWillemijn Verkaik's Green Journey to Broadway
by Dutch Reporter - December 18, 2012

In June 2012, she celebrated her 1000th performance as Elphaba in three subsequent production of Wicked: in Stuttgart and Oberhausen (Germany) and in Scheveningen (The Netherlands). On February 12th Willemijn Verkaik will make her Broadway debut and play the green witch for 15 weeks at the Gershwin Theatre. (more...)
STAGE TUBE Roundup: Meet WICKED's New 'Elphaba' - Willemijn VerkaikSTAGE TUBE Roundup: Meet WICKED's New 'Elphaba' - Willemijn Verkaik
by Stage Tube - December 17, 2012

As BroawayWorld previously reported, beginning performances on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Willemijn Verkaik will make her Broadway debut as Elphaba in the blockbuster musical WICKED. An award-winning actress who has performed the role for more than 1,000 performances in Germany and Holland, Ms. Verkaik will perform the role for a special 15-week engagement. She is currently headlining the Dutch production of WICKED and will play her final performance there on January 11, 2013. (more...)
Willemijn Verkaik to Join WICKED as 'Elphaba' in February!Willemijn Verkaik to Join WICKED as 'Elphaba' in February!
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2012

According to the show's twitter account, Dutch star Willemijn Verkaik will join the cast of Broadway's Wicked as 'Elphaba' beginning on February 12. (more...)
Cast of WICKED Hosts A WICKED WONDERLAND Benefit for STAGES St. Louis and BC/EFA TonightCast of WICKED Hosts A WICKED WONDERLAND Benefit for STAGES St. Louis and BC/EFA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2012

Tonight, December 17th the National Tour Cast of Wicked will host A WICKED WONDERLAND at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The performance will begin at 7pm with VIP reception to follow. The event will feature the company of WICKED, and net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and STAGES ST. LOUIS. (more...)
Cast of WICKED Performs at Smithsonian to Mark Display of 'Elphaba' Costume TodayCast of WICKED Performs at Smithsonian to Mark Display of 'Elphaba' Costume Today
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2012

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has announced a special performance from the award-winning musical Wicked to mark the donation and display of Elphaba costume at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History today, Dec. 17 at 11:15 a.m. in Flag Hall. The museum is located at 14th Street and Madison Drive. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Eden Espinosa on Her Debut Album LOOK AROUND; Release Party Set for TonightBWW Interviews: Eden Espinosa on Her Debut Album LOOK AROUND; Release Party Set for Tonight
by David Green - December 17, 2012

Wicked and Brooklyn star Eden Espinosa is hosting a CD Release Party tonight, December 17 for her debut album, Look Around --- available December 18 on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and EdenEspinosa.com. (more...)
WICKED Film to Enter Development 'Soon'WICKED Film to Enter Development 'Soon'
by BWW News Desk - December 13, 2012

As producer Marc Platt reported to Entertainment Weekly, 'conversations are now starting' about a movie adaptation of the mega-successful Broadway musical Wicked. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Eden Espinosa on Her Debut Album LOOK AROUND; Release Party Set for Dec 17BWW Interviews: Eden Espinosa on Her Debut Album LOOK AROUND; Release Party Set for Dec 17
by David Green - December 12, 2012

Wicked and Brooklyn star Eden Espinosa is hosting a CD Release Party on Monday, December 17 for her debut album, Look Around --- available December 18 on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Eden Espinosa.com. Joining Eden and her band at Dim Mak Studios in Hollywood, CA will be: Tracie Thoms, Ty Taylor, Sarah Mears, Stefanie Sidler and Paul David. Eden brings an innovative and deeply personal interpretation to some modern Broadway hits. Working with her production team, she has endeavored to create a sound that is accessible to both die-hard Broadway fans and pop music listeners alike. I had the chance to catch up with Eden prior to the CD Release Party - here are some excerpts from that interview. (more...)
Cast of WICKED to Perform at Smithsonian to Mark Display of 'Elphaba' Costume, 12/17Cast of WICKED to Perform at Smithsonian to Mark Display of 'Elphaba' Costume, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2012

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has announced a special performance from the award-winning musical Wicked to mark the donation and display of Elphaba costume at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on Monday, Dec. 17 at 11:15 a.m. in Flag Hall. The museum is located at 14th Street and Madison Drive. (more...)
Cast of WICKED to Host A WICKED WONDERLAND Benefit for STAGES St. Louis and BC/EFA, 12/17Cast of WICKED to Host A WICKED WONDERLAND Benefit for STAGES St. Louis and BC/EFA, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - December 5, 2012

On Monday, December 17th the National Tour Cast of Wicked will host A WICKED WONDERLAND at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The performance will begin at 7pm with VIP reception to follow. The event will feature the company of WICKED, and net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and STAGES ST. LOUIS. (more...)
WICKED Launches Free App in Celebration of 9th AnniversaryWICKED Launches Free App in Celebration of 9th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - November 5, 2012

WICKED now offers its fans a free app, which launched on Tuesday, October 30, the musical's 9th Anniversary on Broadway. The official WICKED app is currently available for download and use on Apple and Android devices. The free download is available at www.road.ie/wicked. (more...)
WICKED Tour Cast Hosts Cabaret to Support WA Marriage Equality at Neptune Theatre Tonight, 10/29WICKED Tour Cast Hosts Cabaret to Support WA Marriage Equality at Neptune Theatre Tonight, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - October 29, 2012

Tonight, October 29, the National Touring Company of WICKED will host The Songs We Sing...For Good, an evening of cabaret solo performances and duets. Held at The Neptune Theatre, 1303 Northeast 45th Street, Seattle, WA. The event will feature cast and crew members of the company performing an evening of music and dance. The net proceeds of this event will benefit Washington Marriage Equality. (more...)
WICKED Tour Cast Hosts Cabaret to Support WA Marriage Equality at Neptune Theatre, 10/29WICKED Tour Cast Hosts Cabaret to Support WA Marriage Equality at Neptune Theatre, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - October 19, 2012

On Monday, October 29, the National Touring Company of WICKED will host The Songs We Sing...For Good, an evening of cabaret solo performances and duets. Held at The Neptune Theatre, 1303 Northeast 45th Street, Seattle, WA. The event will feature cast and crew members of the company performing an evening of music and dance. The net proceeds of this event will benefit Washington Marriage Equality. (more...)
WICKED Teams with Ben Cohen & Dan Savage for Anti-Bullying Talkback Tonight, 10/11WICKED Teams with Ben Cohen & Dan Savage for Anti-Bullying Talkback Tonight, 10/11
by BWW News Desk - October 11, 2012

In its ongoing efforts to combat bullying, the hit Broadway musical WICKED will host a special event tonight, October 11, featuring two leaders in the worldwide campaign to bring an end to bullying: Ben Cohen, MBE, founder of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, and Dan Savage, co-founder of The It Gets Better Project. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Savage will be joined by members of the WICKED company for a post-performance talk-back to discuss what can be done to help stop the prevalence of bullying. (more...)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's Jess Cagle to Moderate Anti-Bullying Discussion With WICKED's Kyle Dean Massey and MoreENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's Jess Cagle to Moderate Anti-Bullying Discussion With WICKED's Kyle Dean Massey and More
by BWW News Desk - October 3, 2012

Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle will moderate the post-performance anti-bullying talk-back featuring Ben Cohen, MBE, founder of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Dan Savage, co-founder of The It Gets Better Project, and WICKED cast member Kyle Dean Massey on Thursday, October 11 at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street). (more...)
WICKED Welcomes Back Alli Mauzey as 'Glinda' on Broadway, 10/16; F. Michael Haynie Joins as 'Boq' 9/25WICKED Welcomes Back Alli Mauzey as 'Glinda' on Broadway, 10/16; F. Michael Haynie Joins as 'Boq' 9/25
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2012

Beginning performances on Tuesday, October 16th, ALLI MAUZEY will return to the role of Glinda in the Broadway company of WICKED. Ms. Mauzey played the role of Glinda on Broadway in 2009 and returns to the Gershwin Theatre directly from WICKED'S National Tour. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Mika Samples WICKED's 'Popular' for THE ORIGIN OF LOVE AlbumSTAGE TUBE: Mika Samples WICKED's 'Popular' for THE ORIGIN OF LOVE Album
by Stage Tube - September 18, 2012

Grammy Award winner Mika's new album The Origin of Love is set for release October 8, 2012, and includes the track, 'Popular Song.' The tune samples 'Popular' from Broadway's WICKED, originally sung by Kristin Chenoweth. Listen to Mika's song below! (more...)
BWW Photo Exclusive: WICKED Cast Records for 'Carols For A Cure'BWW Photo Exclusive: WICKED Cast Records for 'Carols For A Cure'
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - September 15, 2012

CAROLS FOR A CURE is the annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics which benefits BC/EFA. These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. A full track list for this year's 14th edition has not yet been announced, but the cast of Broadway's WICKED was already hard a work yesterday recording their track for the album. Check out our exclusive photos from their recording session below! (more...)
WICKED to Team with Ben Cohen & Dan Savage for Anti-Bullying Talkback, 10/11WICKED to Team with Ben Cohen & Dan Savage for Anti-Bullying Talkback, 10/11
by BWW News Desk - September 11, 2012

In its ongoing efforts to combat bullying, the hit Broadway musical WICKED will host a special event on Thursday, October 11, featuring two leaders in the worldwide campaign to bring an end to bullying: Ben Cohen, MBE, founder of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, and Dan Savage, co-founder of The It Gets Better Project. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Savage will be joined by members of the WICKED company for a post-performance talk-back to discuss what can be done to help stop the prevalence of bullying. (more...)
WICKED's Shoshana Bean Joins JoAnne Worley, Rex Smith and More for A MAGICAL NIGHT ON BROADWAY Tonight, 9/8WICKED's Shoshana Bean Joins JoAnne Worley, Rex Smith and More for A MAGICAL NIGHT ON BROADWAY Tonight, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - September 8, 2012

Shoshana Bean joins the cast of 'A Magical Night On Broadway' at The Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage tonight, September 8 at 8:00 pm. 'A Magical Night On Broadway" is a fully-staged and costumed tribute to the American musical theatre starring stage, film and television personality JoAnne Worley and featuring music from some of Broadway's most celebrated musicals including "Chicago," "Wicked," "Hairspray," "A Chorus Line," "The Lion King" and more. Joining Worley are Bean and Broadway and television star Rex Smith, Tony-nominated actress Jonelle Allen, Terron Brooks and Carol Channing's American Glee Club - a young song and dance group representing America's public schools, along with a few surprise guests. The show is directed by David Green with musical direction by Stephen Smith. (more...)

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