‘Wicked’ set for Chicago return in October
BY HEDY WEISS Theater Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org February 18, 2013 12:10AM
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.
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.