Willemijn Verkaik, who will join the Broadway company in February.
For the ninth consecutive year, the hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical at the Gershwin Theatre has out-grossed every other Broadway production, according to a statement released by the hit show.
Wicked is the only musical in Broadway history to achieve that status for nine consecutive years. The Phantom of the Opera was Broadway's highest-grossing production for eight years, albeit not consecutively: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997.
The musical also set a new Broadway record for the highest one-week gross with a box-office take of $2,947,172, for the week ending Dec. 30.
In the same week, Wicked set a new national touring record with a one-week gross of $2,755,070 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, as well as the house record at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center with a gross of $1,585,402. (Both the Broadway production and the touring engagement in Honolulu played nine-performance weeks; the St. Louis engagement was a eight-performance week.)
Adapted from the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked delves into the back story of the iconic characters from Oz. The hit musical has a score by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento.