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Wicked Marks 10th Anniversary on Broadway

November 16, 2013

YellowBrix

Officials from the musical Wicked announced that, on Wednesday, October 30th, the production celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, a milestone achieved by only ten other Broadway productions in history.

According to a release, since its New York premiere a decade ago, Wicked has grossed over $3.1 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 38 million people across the globe. By the end of 2013, the global phenomenon will have been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world. Broadway's #1 show for nine consecutive years, Wicked has been declared "A Cultural Phenomenon" by Variety and "The Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly.

On November 26, VerveUMe will release a special 2-CD Wicked Deluxe Edition, featuring the 19-track Original Broadway Cast Recording plus 9 bonus tracks, including the brand-new hit, "Popular Song" by MIKA (featuring Ariana Grande). The album was released digitally on October 31. Additionally, a special 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition Vinyl of the Original Broadway Cast Recording will be released and is available for purchase online at wickedthemusicalstore.com/.

Wicked officials noted that the 2-CD set will also include new deluxe packaging featuring the show's 10th Anniversary artwork, and a bonus booklet with new, updated essays by composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the novel on which the musical is based.

The Original Cast Recording of the smash-hit Broadway musical Wicked is certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales of more than 2.6 million copies. The original album was one the fastest-selling original cast recordings in years, and spent more than 257 weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard's Broadway Chart. After 10 years, the soundtrack is currently #37 on Billboard's Top Catalog Album Chart.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, 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, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

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