By Wayne Harada
With less than a week remaining in its nearly two-month run in Hawaii, “Wicked,” the Broadway and London musical, posted a $1.58 million gross for the week ending Dec. 30 — the highest for any show at Blaisdell Concert Hall.
The spectacle is wrapping up its island debut; the prequel about the good and bad witch, before they emerged in the classic “Wizard of Oz,” has been an audience favorite since its Thanksgiving debut under auspices of Broadway in Hawaii. But it was a virtual sellout during the Christmas-New Year’s holiday, posting a record-setting gross of $1,585,402 in the last week of 2012.
“The response to ‘Wicked’ ... has been truly amazing,” said John Ballard, CEO of Broadway in Hawaii. “Breaking box office records is one way to measure success; the spirit of aloha is infectious and inspiring and making for an unforgettable engagement.”
Gross details for the run so far have not been announced, however.
With 11 more performances scheduled — the finale at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 — there’s still time and space to see what the ruckus is about. An extension is not possible, as the touring company will move on for its next engagement in San Francisco, opening Jan. 23.
Seats are available from tonight (Jan. 3) to the closing.
• 2 and 7:30 p.m. today (Jan. 3).
• 4 p.m. Jan. 4.
• 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5.
• 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7.
• 7:30 p.m. Jan 8.
• 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9
• 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10
• 8 p.m. Jan. 11.
• 2 p.m. Jan. 12.
Tickets: At the Blaisdell box office, Walmart outlets, www.ticketmaster.com/wicked, www.broadwayinhawaii.com, or 800-745-3000.
A limited day-of-show lottery is available for orchestra seats, two hours prior to curtain; go to the box office to place your name in the lottery drum, and a limited number of orchestra seats will be available for winners, at $25 each (cash only), limited to two per person. A valid photo ID is required for the lottery as well as for purchasing seats at the discounted rate.
Meanwhile, negotiations are under way to secure a director for a planned “Wicked” film. However, no timetable has been set.