5 Reasons Why Wicked Remains So Popular

Adam Young | May 16, 2017
Wicked remains popular.
The Broadway musical Wicked reclaimed the top of the sales charts last week, a place the Stephen Schwartz musical has found often so far in 2017. It topped the two Disney stalwarts – The Lion King and Aladdin – and Hamilton. Hello, Dolly! rounded out the top five as it experiences a continued surge following its 10 Tony Award nominations. Here is the complete top 10 based on ticket sales for the previous week:

  1. Wicked
  2. The Lion King
  3. Aladdin
  4. Hamilton
  5. Hello, Dolly!
  6. Anastasia
  7. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812
  8. The Book Of Mormon
  9. Come From Away
  10. Waitress


Why Is Wicked So Popular?


Just what makes Wicked such a Broadway sales juggernaut? We see five factors:

  1. Stephen Schwartz. Where to even start? Aside from Wicked, he’s written music for movies like Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and for past Broadway hits like Godspell and Pippin some 40 years ago. He’s won Grammy Awards, Oscar Awards and a Tony Award.

  2. The Wizard of Oz. Everyone knows about Dorothy and Toto and the whole Wizard of Oz tale. It’s one of the most popular movies of all time. Wicked taps into that history by telling the backstory of the Witches of Oz, giving fans of the movie something new to jump into and embrace.

  3. Wicked began its Broadway run back in 2003 with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in the starring roles. With almost 5,700 performances, it’s now in the top 10 longest-running Broadway shows of all time. That makes it longer than shows like Rent, Grease and Fiddler on the Roof.

  4. A stellar cast. We mentioned Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, but the current Broadway cast is just as stellar. Jennifer Dinoia has played Elphaba around the world, and Kara Lindsay (Glinda) has starred in touring productions for Newsies, Little House on the Prairie and as the lead role in Mary Poppins. Toss in PJ Benjamin as the Wizard and Wicked presents a cast as strong as any.

  5. A strong tour. Wicked isn’t just popular on Broadway, it’s popular around the world. It’s set records on London’s West End as well as Chicago and Los Angeles. All that popularity reflects on Broadway as people from those cities want to see the Broadway original when they visit New York City.


That’s a high standard for the rest of the top five to meet if any of them want to supplant Wicked as the most popular production on Broadway. The mass family appeal of Aladdin and The Lion King gives them an advantage, and it goes without saying that Hamilton has long-term staying power. Will any of them be able to mount a challenge as we approach the summer of 2017?

For a complete inventory of Broadway tickets, and where to find touring productions for the top musicals, visit the Theater page on EventTicketsCenter.com.
Sat
Sep 22, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 22, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 23, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Chapman Music Hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Tulsa, OK
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Sep 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 23, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Chapman Music Hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Tulsa, OK
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Sep 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 25, 2018
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Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 26, 2018
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Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 26, 2018
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Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Sep 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Sep 27, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 27, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Sep 28, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Sep 28, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Sep 29, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Sep 29, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Sep 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 30, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Sep 30, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Tue
Oct 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 2, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Oct 3, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 3, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Oct 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 4, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 5, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 5, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Tue
Oct 9, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 9, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Oct 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 10, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Thu
Oct 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 11, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 12, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 12, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Oct 14, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 14, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sun
Oct 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 14, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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Oct 16, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 17, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Oct 17, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
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Oct 18, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
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Oct 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 18, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Fri
Oct 19, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Oct 19, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
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Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
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Oct 21, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 23, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
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Oct 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 24, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Oct 24, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
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Oct 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 25, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Fri
Oct 26, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Oct 26, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 28, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sun
Oct 28, 2018
3:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 28, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
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Oct 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Oct 30, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Oct 31, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
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Nov 1, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Thu
Nov 1, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 1, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 2, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 2, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 3, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Tue
Nov 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
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Nov 8, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Nov 8, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 9, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 9, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 10, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 10, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 10, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 10, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 11, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
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Nov 11, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 11, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Nov 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Wed
Nov 14, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
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Nov 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Nov 15, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 16, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 16, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 17, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 18, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 18, 2018
3:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 18, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
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Nov 19, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Tue
Nov 20, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Tue
Nov 20, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
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Nov 21, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Wed
Nov 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 25, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 25, 2018
3:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Nov 27, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 28, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 28, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Nov 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Nov 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Nov 29, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri
Nov 30, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Nov 30, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 4, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Wed
Dec 5, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Dec 5, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Dec 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Dec 6, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri
Dec 7, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri
Dec 7, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 11, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Wed
Dec 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Dec 12, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Dec 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Dec 13, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri
Dec 14, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
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