'Wicked' coming back to Chicago in the fall

The Broadway musical "Wicked," which ran for more than three-and-a-half years in a dedicated Chicago production from 2005 to 2009, is making another return visit to the city that so embraced it. "Wicked" will have  a hefty, eight-week engagement this fall.

The visit is being billed as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the money-spinning musical, based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire and the story of "The Wizard of Oz."

The phenomenally successful show. which now has grossed some $3 billion worldwide and made its creators rich indeed, will land at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., this fall, from Oct. 30 to Dec. 21. "Wicked" is known for its ability to attract repeat business and now is in the happy position of attracting a new generation of fans.

This new Chicago engagement will feature the current national touring company, which offers production values hardly distinguishable from the former, dedicated Chicago company. "Wicked" now is one of the very few touring shows on the road that pays full, Broadway-sized salaries to its Equity performers. ALSO: "WICKED" BY THE NUMBERS and a Chicago timeline.

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