Wicked Celebrates 5,000 Performances on Broadway
We couldn’t be happier to celebrate the longevity of an American musical still running on Broadway! While no Broadway show seems to last forever, every once in a while there comes a show that manages to score with audiences extending it’s run far beyond the life of a normal production sending it into the Broadway history books. While so little musicals make this list today, we are lucky enough to have this new musical, just over a decade old, on the list and still climbing to this day! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wicked will celebrate it’s 5,000th performance tonight on Broadway!
Following tonight’s 8 PM performance of Wicked, the show will have officially played 5,000 performances on Broadway! The production will celebrate with cake following the performance for cast and crew backstage. Now in its astonishing 11th year on Broadway, Wicked began performances October 30th, 2003 at The Gershwin Theatre, where it still performs today. The musical will celebrate its 12th year on Broadway in just two days and is currently the 11th longest running show in Broadway history. Only 3 shows still running remain ahead of Wicked in the longest running musicals list in Broadway history. Show’s currently ahead of Wicked include;
- The Phantom of the Opera*
- Disney’s The Lion King*
- Les Miserables
- A Chorus Line
- Oh! Calcutta!
- Mamma Mia
- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Wicked is expected to become the 10th longest running show, surpassing RENT, in just the next four months. The musical has surpassed some of Broadway’s Golden Age musical’s original runs including Oklahoma, Fiddler On The Roof and South Pacific. It has also surpassed more recent hits such as The Producers, Hairspray, Disney’s Mary Poppins and Spamalot.
Congratulations to Wicked on such an outstanding Broadway achievement! Wow! 5,000 performances is simply incredible. As I mentioned above, so little Broadway musical’s make it to such a run. If you examine the longest running musical list, there is a drop off point. Many shows reach into the 2,000 performances and even some into the 3,000’s. However, the 12th longest running show behind Wicked is Jersey Boys, which is also still playing at the August Wilson on 52nd street, but only just above 4,100 performances. 5,000 is an outstanding achievement that should be celebrated not only by those involved with Wicked but Broadway as well. This show appeared just over a decade ago and that fact that is has continued to run with international productions and tours hitting the road as well, is a testament to American musical theatre and its comeback. The current Broadway cast is led by Rachel Tucker (Pictured Above Left) as Elphaba, Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Fred Applegate as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Michele Lee as Madame Morrible.
Luner on Theatre congrats Wicked on celebrating 5,000 performances tonight on Broadway! As mentioned, the show is still currently running and can be seen at The Gershwin Theatre located between 50th and 51st street. If you haven’t had a chance to fly into OZ with this magnificent story, we suggest you do so! For more information, visit Wicked’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!