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The 58th GRAMMY Awards - 'Hamilton' GRAMMY Performance

‘The Book of Mormon,’ ‘Wicked’ & ‘Hamilton’ Revolutionize Broadway With Huge Ticket Prices >>

In the world of Broadway musicals, it doesn't get much bigger than Hamilton, Wicked or The Book of Mormon. Although all three productions have risen to huge popularity in different time periods, each has impacted the Great White Way significantly, pushing both Broadway lovers and first-time attendees to the theaters to catch a glimpse of the ever-growing hype. Ticket aggregator TiqIQ has broken down each massive production, with an overview of current resale ticket prices.

'Wicked' Announces Carrie St. Louis as New Glinda and More as Part of New Cast Change

'Wicked' Banks a Billion >>

This week the musical Wicked achieved a milestone of monumentous proportions for a production on Broadway. It passed the billion dollar mark in box office sales. Previous to this accompliishment,only two other musicals had reached the billion dollar milestone and they are names for the ages, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. As if earning this much money wasn't enough, Wicked earned another distinction by being the fastest production to eclipse the billion dollar mark, achieving that goal in only 13 years and 5000 performances.

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel Performing at The White House on Easter Egg Roll 2016 [ >>

She has been to the Emerald City, a castle made of ice and a run down apartment in New York City's East Village. Now, Idina Menzel is heading to the White House to help the First Family celebrate easter. The Bradway Superstar is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at 2016 Easter Egg Roll “Let’s Celebrate,” event on Monday March 28.

'Wicked' Sheet Music

‘Wicked’ Launches Lottery Game for $35 Tickets >>

'Wicked' is getting into the musical lottery game. Like 'Hamilton' and 'American Psycho the Musical' will be offering fans a deep discount opportunity in the form of a digital lotto. Check the report below to see all the details you need to know.

The 58th GRAMMY Awards - 'Hamilton' GRAMMY Performance

‘Hamilton’ Loses Top Spot to ‘The Lion King’ Following Grammy Win; Tickets Pricier Than Ever >>

After a rapid climb to the top and a surge of popularity following a major Grammy win on February 15, Hamilton has been dethroned by The Lion King for the top spot for gross ticket sales on Broadway. Wicked, Aladdin, and The Book of Mormon hold the respective number 3, 4, and 5 positions

'Wicked' Sheet Music

Why NBC is Not Feeling 'Wicked' This Hoilday Season >>

In the past few years, NBC has changed the way we think of the holidays by producing a string of live musical events. Now, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is opening up about how they make sections, and why 'Wicked' is off the table.

'Wicked' Announces Carrie St. Louis as New Glinda and More as Part of New Cast Change

'Wicked' is Broadway Gold >>

Just call her the little green lady that could fly high on her broom but take note that the story of Elphaba The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz has now ran for over five thousand one hundred and twenty two performances. Wicked blew past Rent this past week in a performance at the historic Gershwin Theatre and became the 10th longest running production in Broadway history.

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Lindsay Mendez & LaChanze Join Norm Lewis for Inspirational Broadway Concert >>

Lindsay Mendez ('Wicked,' 'Godspell,' 'Grease') and LaChanze ('The Color Purple') are joining Norm Lewis ('Phantom of the Opera'), Adam Pascal ('RENT,' 'Aida') and a wealth of other talent for the Inspirational Broadway. The special one night only all star benefit takes place next monday at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Cast Recording Debut Tops Billboard Charts >>

When you combine the music of Alan Menken with Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz you get a recipe for the perfect musical. Throw that in with a book by, frequent Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine and you have yourself one hell of a show. The name of that show is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Based on Victor Hugo’s original novel with songs from the 1996 animated Disney classic, both of the same name, this highly anticipated musical sadly didn’t make it to the Broadway stage. However, we now have a way to enjoy this dream collaboration of musical theater talent. On Jan 22 Ghostlight records released the Studio Cast Recording of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the results speak for themselves.

'Wicked' Announces Carrie St. Louis as New Glinda and More as Part of New Cast Change

'Wicked' Announces Carrie St. Louis as New Glinda and More as Part of New Cast Change >>

Beginning Tuesday, February 2, 'Rock of Ages' Carrie St. Louis will don the role of Glinda in the three-time Tony Award-winning musical, "Wicked." The long-running Broadway production of 'Wicked" at the Gershwin Theatre will also see Peter Scolari (Bosom Buddies and Bronx Bombers) assume the role of the Wizard.

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'The Humans,' 'Hughie' & 'Crucible' Will Debut on Broadway Early 2016; Tickets Available Now >>

Although the holiday season can be less-than lucrative for Broadway, 2015 ended on a high note for the Great White Way. Wicked alone grossed nearly $3 million dollars during Christmas week and, overall, Broadway grossed over $43 million dollars the following week. This marks a .68% jump from last year and, now, a new production 'The Humans, Hughie and The Crucible' is making their debut on Broadway in 2016.

‘Cabaret's’ Alan Cumming ‘Sings Sappy Songs’ with ‘Wicked’s’ Kristin Chenoweth & ‘Hedwig’s’ Darren Criss at Carnegie Hall >>

Broadway legend Alan Cumming ('Cabaret') is coming to Carnegie Hall and he is bringing a few friends with him. In celebration of his upcoming album, 'Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends', the famed actor and singer will be performing songs from the record at the iconic venue this February. Joining Cumming on the stage will be his 2015 Tony Awards costar and Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth ('Wicked,' 'On the Twentieth Century'). Alan is also offering a warm willkommen to Darren Criss ('Glee', 'Hedwig and The Angry Inch') Ricki Lake ('Hairspray' films) and The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

Idina Menzel

'If/Then' with Idina Menzel is Fastest-Selling Broadway Cast Album Since 'Rent' >>

The last cast album to enter the Billboard charts at such a high position was 'Rent' back in 1996--which also starred Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp, and even had the same director.

REVIEW: Andy Karl Throws a Wicked Balboa (Book by Stallone, Bloody Alex Timbers Director) in New Broadway Musical, 'ROCKY' >>

Both an adrenaline-infused spectacle and a surprising tale of blossoming romance between two lonely outsiders, ROCKY is a visceral and heart-stopping theatrical experience for everyone brave enough to follow their dream.

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