'Wicked' wraps up in South Bend

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After being in town for two weeks, Wicked, the biggest show South Bend has ever seen, wrapped up its last performance Sunday night.

The cast of Wicked took the stage for the last time at 7:30 p.m.

The show had a total run of 16 performances in two weeks, raking in more than $2.7 million in ticket sales.

That is not including how much money was spent in the community or on merchandise.

In total, the Morris theatre Executive Director, Dennis Andres says they sold more than 36,000 tickets.

“It hit the records for us. We could not find in history, and the building was built in 1921, we could not find any other show that had been here for that length of time, and doing as well as it did, yes”, says Andres.
You can’t overlook the economic impact the play had on South Bend.

Andres says 110 people were hired locally, plus a partial orchestra to play in the show, plus all the money pouring into shops and restaurants downtown.

Needless to say, a lot of businesses say they want more entertainment like this in South Bend, and they may get their wish.

South Bend is now in a better position to land other blockbuster acts.
Jersey Boys is coming to town as well as Million Dollar Quartet, but Andres says after those come he believes we will get others like Lion King and Phantom of the Opera.


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