If the time it’s taken for Universal to get their film adaptation of Wicked off the ground is any indication, then we could be waiting a very, very long time for a movie version of Hamilton (musical nerds, take heart: Lin-Manuel Miranda is filming his final performance). Today brings some long-awaited good news for fans of Wicked, however, as Universal has officially set a 2019 release date for the project. Grab your broomsticks, or whatever you need to rejoice properly.
Last week, the highest-grossing show on Broadway was ‘Wicked,’ a musical adaptation of the book by Gregory Maguire that reimagines ‘The Wizard of Oz’ from the witches’ perspective. The week before that, the highest-grossing show on Broadway was also ‘Wicked.’ Since opening on Broadway in 2003, the show has been a perennial top-seller; last year, more than a decade into its New York run, it was the second-biggest show on Broadway after Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’ The thing is a juggernaut; you could drop ten houses on it, it wouldn’t stop.