COLUMBIA, S.C. — The award-winning Broadway musical Wicked is spending three weeks in Columbia.
The musical is set in the same place as The Wizard of Oz, but tells the story of two witches before Dorothy ever clicked her heels.
This is the first time this Broadway show will be in Columbia and the show will span three weeks with the cast performing 24 shows.
"It's the dream. I think Wicked and especially 'Glinda' and 'Elphaba', they're iconic female roles," Allison Bailey, who stars as "Glinda", said. "It's our first time here in Columbia, and really it's an honor and is so special."
Cast members say Wicked is more than just a musical, and they hope the audience can gain something from their experience.
"There are beautiful themes of love and friendship and the power of friendship in one's life," Talia Suskauer, who plays "Elphaba", said. "I think old, young, big, small, everyone should come to this show because you will learn something."
According to Daniel Hampel, Managing Director of the Roberts Group and Broadway in Columbia, this is the highest grossing show in the history of the Koger Center for the Arts.
“This is the biggest thing to ever happen to Columbia as far as Broadway goes, by far. Our previous most tickets sold for a show was 14,500 for Jersey Boys in 2013, and we’re at 40,000 tickets sold. The previous high-gross ticket sales for a show was $850,000, we’re at $3.5 million in sales,” said Hampel.
The Koger Center is expecting 50,000 ticket sales with patrons coming from all around the state.
Nate Terracio is the Director of the Koger Center.
“Wicked coming to Columbia really validate the local are scene here in Columbia. It lets people know that we’re seen on a national level as some place that appreciates good art and good entertainment, and we are a market that will pay money for a ticket and support not only this tour but our local artists and technicians who are involved in this tour,” said Teracio.
Wicked runs at various times until February 9. For more information on ticket sales or the show, click here.