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‘Wicked’ set for Chicago return in October

Jackie Burns (left) as Elphabfuture Wicked Witch West ChandrLee Schwartz as GlindGood Witch North “Wicked.”

Jackie Burns (left) as Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, and Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in “Wicked.”

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Updated: February 18, 2013 11:03AM

The witches are flying back to Chicago.

“Wicked,” the hit Broadway musical, will be returning to Chicago in celebration of the show’s 10th anniversary on Broadway, with a limited eight-week run (Oct. 30-Dec. 21) at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W.Randolph.

The show, based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire that conjured “the untold story of the witches of Oz,” features a score by Stephen Schwartz and direction by Joe Mantello.

Globally, it has amassed nearly $2.9 billion in ticket sales and been seen by 36 million people. In its initial engagement in Chicago that began in April 2005, the show ran for 1,500 performances over 3 1/2 years, and was seen by about 3 million people.

Tickets are now available for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway in Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for “Wicked” will go on sale later.

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