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'Wicked' swirls back to Baltimore

'Wicked' swirls back to Baltimore

There's something awfully good about "Wicked." The numbers tell part of the tale.

Since opening in 2003 on Broadway, where it still packs them in, the musical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" has moved with cyclonic force across the globe — productions in more than a dozen countries (and in at least five languages), reaching 44 million people and grossing $3.6 billion.

"Wicked," with its potent story, score and stagecraft, reveals no signs of slowing down. The latest North American tour, which recently broke a box-office record in Atlanta, swoops into Baltimore this week. It will be the third time that the musical has visited the