Pardon us for mixing literary metaphors, but something Wicked this way comes — finally!

On Wednesday, the North Charleston Performing Arts Center made its biggest announcement in Best of Broadway history: a record two-week engagement in April 2012 for Wicked, the biggest musical hit in the past decade.

Based on the Gregorie Maguire’s novel by the same name, the musical charts the early life of the Wicked Witch of the West, an unusually green young woman who loves ruby red but hates water. The national touring show usually books long-term engagements in major cities, breaking records in every city it has played, so it was clear that North Charleston’s regular two-night run wouldn’t do.

“If Wicked sells out, it will be back — and there will be more,” says Nick Scandalios, executive vice president for Nederlander Producing Co., the PAC’s partner for the Best of Broadway series.

You don’t just have to take Scandalios at his word, the 2011-12 series also includes Mamma Mia!, the ABBA-inspired musical that packed the PAC just four years ago. Other offerings include the critically acclaimed In the Heights and the latest Disney offering, Mary Poppins.

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