Counting on ‘Wicked’

No doubt you’ve heard about “Wicked” landing at the Des Moines Civic Center just in time for Halloween (Oct. 30-Nov. 10). Before you fly back to Oz, take a peek behind the curtain . . .

“Wicked” by the numbers:

2: North American touring companies

3: Tony Awards

3: Stops in Des Moines (2009, 2011, 2013)

5: Productions in languages other than English: Japanese, German and Dutch. Plus Spanish (debuting this month) and Korean (November).

9: Consecutive years as Broadway’s highest-grossing show (unprecedented)

90-plus: Major international awards

1 million-plus: Facebook fans

$1.8 million-plus: Gross weekly revenue on Broadway

5 million: Copies sold of Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” 4.5 million of them after the musical opened in 2003.

$5 million: Average cumulative weekly gross for the musical’s three North American companies (Broadway and two traveling).

38 million: People worldwide who have seen “Wicked.”

$150 million: Sales of T-shirts, caps, jewelry and other items, making it the fastest-selling show merchandise in history.

$3.1 billion-plus: Cumulative gross from North American and international companies.

Pictured: Haley Podschun and Jennifer DiNola start in “Wicked.” Photo by Joan Marcus.

You May Also Like

Were You There? Culinary Fight Night

By Wini Moranville At the city’s first Culinary Fight Night, which was was held ...

An Evening on the Cours le Rene Opening Night Gala

Nonprofit: Des Moines Metro Opera Date: June 25, 2016 Venue: Hubbell Hall & Blank Performing ...

Lunch of the Month: Miyabi 9

I suggest heading here with at least three diners and ordering a smorgasbord of ...