Wicked Big: The Indy-Bound Broadway Hit, By the Numbers

During its first two runs in Indy, Wicked cast a spell on local audiences, sweeping in 120,000 people and $8.6 million. Those numbers got us interested in other figures from the hit musical, which returns to the Murat Theatre on Nov. 13.

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Major Awards: 35 (including three Tonys)

Soundtrack albums sold: 2.5 million

Years the novel has been on bestseller lists: 17

Actors in the touring company: 70

Number of costumes: 980

Weight of Elphaba’s beaded gown:
8 pounds

Time it takes to apply green makeup: 25 minutes per actor

Length of show: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Main-floor center seat: $75–$150

That seat’s cost per minute: $2.50

Photo copyright Joan Marcus

This article appeared in the September 2013 issue.

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