‘Wicked’ becomes 5th ‘longest-running’ on its 16th anniversary

"Wicked" is now the fifth longest running show on Broadway at 16 years. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

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‘Wicked’ becomes fifth longest-running show

The Broadway musical “Wicked,” which reached its 16-year anniversary on Wednesday night, also managed to become the fifth longest-running show in Broadway history on Monday night. With its 6,681st performance, it took the place formerly occupied by “Les Misérables.” Currently ahead of “Wicked” on the list of Broadway’s longest-running musicals are “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” “The Lion King” and “Cats.”

Garfield to lead ‘tick, tick’ film under Miranda’s direction

Andrew Garfield, who earned a Tony in 2018 for “Angels in America,” will star in a screen adaptation of the Jonathan Larson tribute musical “tick, tick…Boom!” directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, as per Deadline. The rock musical, which was produced Off-Broadway in 2001 and revived at City Center with Miranda in the lead in 2014, is based on an autobiographical one-man show written and performed by Larson, who tragically died at the age of 35 in 1996, on the eve of the first public performance of “Rent”.

Julie Andrews open to Broadway comeback

While promoting her new book “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years” at BUILD Studio, 84-year-old stage and screen icon Julie Andrews expressed an interest in returning to Broadway, as reported by Forbes. Andrews advised that it would depend on “what [the role] would be and if I am feeling able and God knows what.” Following her last appearance on Broadway in the mid-1990s in “Victor/Victoria,” Andrews underwent throat surgery which damaged her singing voice.

‘Bad Seed’ to receive starry one-night reading

“Orange is the New Black” star Taylor Schilling will lead a one-night-only reading of the 1954 melodrama “The Bad Seed” on Nov. 4 to benefit Off-Broadway’s The New Group, with Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”) serving as director. John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) will play the adorable but murderous 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark. The New Group is also currently presenting a musical adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” with Peter Dinklage.

New ‘Lyrics & Lyricists’ season unveiled

The new season of the long-running “Lyrics & Lyricists” series at the 92nd Street Y will include concerts exploring the songs of Stephen Schwartz, Jerry Herman, Yip Harburg and George Gershwin. There will also be a concert centered around the musicals helmed by the golden age producer-director George Abbott. 

Kids’ Night set for Broadway

Kids’ Night on Broadway, the annual event where theatergoers ages 18 and under can attend select Broadway shows for free (so long as they are accompanied by full-paying adults), will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Tickets will be made available for purchase in December.

Matt Windman