'Wicked' breaks Chicago box-office record

Tribune critic

The producers of “Wicked” said Monday afternoon that the popular musical grossed a whopping $1,935,432 in Chicago for the week ending Dec. 1. That figure, likely the highest-ever single week gross for a Chicago show, breaks the Broadway in Chicago house record.

“The Book of Mormon,” recently at the Bank of America Theatre and the only other show to rival the local popularity of “Wicked,” did not typically release grosses. But a spokesman for Broadway in Chicago confirmed that the “Wicked” take is the highest ever. A touring production of the musical is currently at the Oriental Theatre through Dec. 21.

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