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"In retrospect, Wicked seems an early sign of the cultural clout which is to say buying power of a generation of girls (and now women) whose desire to see, read, and sing along with stories about female empowerment has become a snowballing trend." Full Review
"A strenuous effort to be all things to all people tends to weigh down this lumbering, overstuffed production...Wicked is stridently earnest one minute, self-mocking the next; a fantastical allegory about the perils of fascism in one scene, a Nickelodeon special about the importance of inner beauty in another." Full Review
"Wicked always seemed like an unusual marriage of styles and sensibilities knowing irony and earnest sentiment, self-serious politics and silly frivolity, an intimate teenage drama and a $14 million special-effects blockbuster. " Full Review
"'Wicked,' a giddy postmodern riff on the classic children's novel and movie, whips up a cyclone of witty jokes and eye-popping visuals, making a bid for best new musical of the season... Chief among the show's triumphs – besides Winnie Holzman's remarkably deft book, Eugene Lee's jaw-dropping set of gears and vines, and the eclectic costuming by Susan Hilferty – are the female leads." Full Review
"The best moments in 'Wicked' come when the stage is least crowded. I'm done niggling. 'Wicked' is funny and touching and full of beans (not to mention child-friendly). It'll make a great movie one of these days, and it's going to make Kristin Chenoweth a star right this minute. Go." Full Review
"The new musical at the Gershwin is a thoroughly mechanical and unmagical musical. It is the ultimate whitewashed example of how a musical written to pander can even fail at that when it has no centralized guiding force." Full Review
"There have been moments in the history of musical theater when, like a twister, the sheer talent and whirling spectacle of a production have flattened any negative criticism that stood to get in its way...The latest incarnation of this impeccably oiled entertainment machine finds a new gear courtesy of a British import." Full Review
"'Wicked' tries, in its ambition, to do so much that it's inevitable that it fails to be a smooth, cohesive show. It's too long - two-hours-45- minutes - and it often has a lumbering quality. But its reach, its attempt to be meaty and relevant and theatrical, is not only admirable, it’s stimulating. This is a musical that offers many pleasures as you watch it, and - this is rare - also stays with you." Full Review
"It's safe to say that this is the most complete, and completely satisfying, new musical I've come across in a long time...Wicked offers a post-feminist, socially conscious reinterpretation of the story of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West...A fine ensemble helps ensure that even the most flagrantly cute and sentimental moments are hard to resist." Full Review
"This musical is full of glitz and is a big Broadway spectacular; it is also a charming story with a wonderfully catchy score. 'Wicked' is satisfying in a sparkly way, and also in a storytelling way...The popularity of 'Wicked' can be explained by the last minute or so of the first act. It is an incredibly successful merging of dramatic spectacle and character development - and is one of the few truly unforgettable moments I have seen in a Broadway musical." Full Review
"Nothing in Oz, you see, happened the way Judy Garland thought it did. In 'Wicked', the ruby slippers aren’t even red. So, all ye who enter here, check your cynicism at the door and get in touch with the little kid inside you who’s been begging to get out. Neither of you will want to leave 'Wicked.'" Full Review
"Wicked, a hideous mess of a musical that wants to be many different things, and rarely succeeds in being any of them. All this from a creative team that, aesthetically speaking, seems barely able to walk and chew gum at the same time." Full Review
"No one mourns the wicked," goes one big number in the new Broadway musical Wicked. But in this shrewd and enjoyable retelling of the Wizard of Oz story from the witches' point of view, they get something better: understanding." Full Review
"Perfect casting. Every production number is a fashion parade though each could have been more than that. There's a strong sense of excitement in the air all night long, and the socko song Defying Gravity, helps the first act curtain be so impressive." Full Review
"A marvel of organization and inventiveness. Lusciously composed, smartly written and beautifully staged, 'Wicked' is one of the rare shows in town that justifies a $100 ticket. The cost is easily paid back in memories alone." Full Review
"I continually come across people who want to shame me for my abiding love for Wicked. Something this popular, they seem to say, can't possibly be good. I beg to disagree. Wicked is simultaneously an entertaining, well crafted, and intelligent show." Full Review
"Two of the producers of the musical Wicked bear the name Platt, which (in German) means flat, and one the name Stone, which (in English) means heavy. Why not also one called Long, although it is too much to ask for one called Boring, all of which apply to the show." Full Review
"It's an ambitious musical...There are so many wonderful things in Wicked that to dismiss it as so many critics have done strikes us as perverse...It has a heart, a brain, and the nerve to have opened on Broadway." Full Review
"What is spectacular about the show is the spectacle. That old Emerald City has never had it so good, with flying monkeys and giant Munchkins with extendable necks. Kids will love it, even if they don’t quite understand it. But this yellow brick road is also paved with oppressive music and banal, if sometimes pretentiously amusing, lyrics and a complex, if foolish, book." Full Review
"To begin with, it looks like a million dollars - or, to be more precise, like every dime of the $14 million that has been spent on it. Dare we say it? Here's a Broadway show where the ticket price doesn't seem inflated. You will actually feel that you got $100 worth of entertainment - and then some... The show and its many parts do coalesce to create a believable, and extremely thought-provoking, alternate universe, with music, sets, costumes and performances that simply take your breath away." Full Review
See it if you want a tried and true feel good musical. It's been successful for a reason. It's extremely well constructed
Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a lot of depth. This show is pretty much what meets the eye.
See it if U want to waste money on a boring generic musical with uninteresting book, score, & lyrics. U wonder why it ran for 14 yrs? I think tourists
Don't see it if U have SO many better & cheaper choices in current off Bway musicals. U have expectations about a good musical because this is Disappointing
See it if you enjoy clever reimaginings of iconic childhood stories, portrayed masterfully and comically, as well as poignantly, by a talented cast.
Don't see it if you don't have an open-mind to consider Oz figures a la L. Frank Baum in a new light; aren't a child at heart; dislike fantastic spectacle.
See it if brilliant back story for Wizard of Oz turns everything upside down, catchy/clever music/lyrics and book, often very moving
Don't see it if sets of this venerable show are getting old, actors are fine/K. Lindsay hilarious Glinda, but not in same class vocally as original cast
See it if You feel the need to see an iconic show that's been running forever.
Don't see it if You are so in love with the MGM movie that nothing will live up to it - buy the CD instead (some great music) and just sing along.
See it if You enjoy sweeping, all-the-stops-pulled-out productions. Over-the-top costumes and design to create a beautiful production.
Don't see it if You prefer a telling closer to the book. (A version with more overt political themes would be fascinating!)
Also Any production that passes the Bechdel test is a magical thing. <3
See it if You like twists on classic stories, any other incarnations of The Wizard of Oz, looking at things from the "villain"'s perspective
Don't see it if You want a more serious or mature show
See it if huge, grandiose, epic, old-school musicals (Les Miz, Phantom, Cats) are your thing. It's MAGnanimous & visually dazzling, w/a great message.
Don't see it if for you, less is more. There is no "less" here. AT ALL. Even so, I was underwhelmed. There's a reason "Avenue Q" won the 2004 Tony Award.
See it if you want a sure bet of a show! Still entertaining after over a decade on Broadway! Still sharp and fun with great tunes for all ages.
Don't see it if You are wanting to catch something new. It's been around and will be around for a while. Catch it on tour or your next trip.
See it if you like pop/rock musicals (I find it hard to imagine you don't know by now if you like the music from Wicked)
Don't see it if you don't like musicals (I mean even if it's not your taste don't you want to know why it's so long-running?).
See it if A spectacle, flying monkeys, spacious public spaces, huge stage, huge cast (35-40,) see more below
Don't see it if Huge house, No Kristin Chernoweth, No Idina Menzel, flying monkeys. Souvenir stands galore see more below
See it if You like big, epic musicals, strong female protagonists, twist on the classic Wizard of Oz tale. Flying, puppetry, big belting songs.
Don't see it if Big, epic musicals aren't your thing. Can be a little cheesy. Not a fan of love stories or fairy tales. Don't like a lot of belting.
See it if you like a great-big, bold, uplifting Broadway musical with a captivating plot and memorable songs.
Don't see it if you prefer nuanced plays and find big musicals to be pedestrian.
See it if you love big, epic spectacle shows and want to see what the hype is all about.
Don't see it if you're expecting it to reach the heights it met with the original cast, its been running for a long time and its starting to show.