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NBC's 'A Very Wicked Halloween' will celebrate the musical's 15th anniversary

The Broadway show "Wicked" will be celebrated in

The Broadway show "Wicked" will be celebrated in an NBC special on Oct. 29. Credit: Joan Marcus

Syosset's Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth have quite a treat in store for musical theater fans.

The original stars of the long-running show "Wicked" will host the NBC special, "A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway,"  on Oct. 29. Joining them in the tribute concert will be pop star Ariana Grande (said to be a "superfan" of the show),  the a cappella group Pentatonix and the current Broadway cast, led by Jessica Vosk and Amanda Jane Cooper.

While the show was not much loved by critics when it debuted in 2003 — it lost the best musical Tony Award to "Avenue Q" — audiences disagreed and the show has been pretty much a sellout ever since. "We're thrilled to … celebrate the enduring success of this show," said Doug Vaughan, executive vice president of NBC Entertainment.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, the show is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire that gives us the back story to "The Wizard of Oz." More than 55 million people worldwide have seen "Wicked,"  which has amassed more than $4.6 billion in global sales.

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