Producers of "Wicked" say the theatrical blockbuster has grossed over $1 billion on Broadway, joining only "The Lion King" and "The Phantom of the Opera" to that mark but faster than either rival.

The show, which opened in 2003 based on novelist Gregory Maguire's fanciful "Wizard of Oz" prequel, took just 12 1/2 years to reach $1 billion. "The Lion King," which opened in 1997, reached that mark in 2013. "The Phantom of the Opera," which opened in New York in 1988, reached $1 billion last year.

A view of the marquee during the opening night green carpet of 'WICKED' at the Pantages Theatre on December 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Hollywood Pantages)

With a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, "Wicked" has been one of Broadway's biggest success stories since it arrived in 2003 starring Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda and Idina Menzel as Elphaba.

Worldwide, "Wicked" has amassed nearly $4 billion in global sales and has been seen by nearly 50 million people.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Sign up for the Newsletter

Get the best of delivered to your inbox every day.