Witches of 'Wicked' return to Straz Center in Tampa

January 10, 2013 

People just can't get enough of "Wicked."

The Broadway League recently reported that the nine-year-old "Wicked" took in $2,947,172 over nine performances in a single week, which is the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history.

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" previously held the record.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked" is the story of the witches of Oz, before they meet Dorothy and her doggie Toto. It has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman.

The show has grossed nearly $2.9 billion globally in ticket sales and has been seen by 36 million people, according to the Associated Press.

The Broadway blockbuster first came to the Straz Center in Tampa in 2006 as part of its inaugural U.S. tour, returned four years later for a slew more of packed shows and is back again today through Jan. 27.

"Wicked" has been appealing both fans of musical theater and the classic tale of "The Wizard of Oz" since the phenomenon started its Broadway run nearly a decade ago.

The show takes audiences back to the unlikely friendship between Glinda and Elphaba, who becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Musical numbers include "Popular" and the show-stopping "Defying Gravity" at the end of Act I. Act II features the songs "As Long As You're Mine," "No Good Deed" and "For Good."

Details: Jan. 10-27, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $73.50 and up. Information: 800-955-1045 or www.strazcenter.org.

--Wade Tatangelo

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