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Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
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Now in its fourteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages spectacle follows the untold true story of the Witches of Oz.

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"Wicked" looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

 
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Reviews (18495)

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70
Avg Score

45
The New York Times

"A bloated production that might otherwise spend close to three hours flapping its oversized wings without taking off." Full Review

65
The New York Times

"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

80
Time Out New York

"A musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz, that explained how the Wicked Witch of the West got that way, and explored her true relationship to Glinda the Good Witch. A combination of outstanding elements." Full Review

80
The Wall Street Journal

"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

80
Front Row Center

"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

30
Talkin' Broadway

"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

60
CurtainUp

"While the show suffers from a lack of a clearly defined identity, it does succeed in reaching out to all the different audiences targeted. It's real weak spot is the music." Full Review

80
Bergen Record

"'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

55
The Associated Press

"A lavish, ambitious and problematic new Broadway musical that dares to see Oz from another angle." Full Review

45
Journal Times

"Wicked makes endearingly whimsical noises, the sounds of a bona fide crowd-pleaser. Much of the rest of the time, however, the magic fades as the show pursues its rather charmless agenda as a parable about the roots of political evil." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"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

95
USA Today

"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

95
The Observer

"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

25
Village Voice

"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

80
Time Magazine

"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

95
NJ.com

"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

95
About Entertainment

"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

95
Theatermania

"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

30
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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

70
New York Post

"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

90
Journal News

"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

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Broadway Reviewed

"A 9 out of ten. This show is amazing and highly recommend it to anyone who ever loved the Wizard of Oz. A full stage of special effects, detailed costumes and an overall great show." Full Review

80
Daily Beast

"Great leads. Clever source material. Fans who turn the show into a religion, spending hundreds—thousands—of dollars on repeat visits." Full Review

88
Front Mezz Junkies

"This show with the current political climate has more relevance now than ever before. 'Wicked' is the story of a gifted woman in the fictitious Land of Oz with an unfavorable physical condition, who is driven to public service, fighting for minority rights against a regime who wants to silence and imprison minority members of its own society...I’m in love with this show; I’m in love with the message it sends and the lesson that there is perhaps wickedness thrust upon good people at times." Full Review

70
Entertainment Weekly

"'Wicked's' at its cleverest with the girl stuff; the streamlining of Maguire’s story – reducing a totalitarian allegory to an animal-rights flap – weakens the narrative logic. Catchy Stephen Schwartz songs compensate for a dreary opening number, but it’s the 'Wicked' witches who really make magic." Full Review

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93
Avg Score

80
Delightful, Epic, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if the spectacle of it all + THE SINGING (jackie burns!)

Don't see it if super fluffy

95
Enchanting, Relevant, Resonant, Timely, Great singing

See it if love great singing and a story packed with relevance to today's world.

Don't see it if Just want to see Bette do "Dolly" again

67
Disappointing, Average, Much ado about not much, Burns is good

See it if you want to be disappointed. Went into it with big expectations, and it turns to be average in every aspect-songs, choreograpgy, voices...

Don't see it if you expect greatness-it is just ok, but definitely not worth all the stir around it. Dated choreography-painful. Disappointing overall.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if see it if you like a good show that moves at a good pace and is pleasant to sit and watch.

Don't see it if if you don't like a wizard of Oz type of show, one that borders on animation.

100
Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love The Wizard of Oz and the characters. Great songs, set design and story.

Don't see it if you want to miss out on one of the best shows on Broadway.

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love well produced musicals and already familiar with the songs.

Don't see it if You want something serious.

Also It's like Glee or HS Musical on crack. But still see it for the heck o... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like a different alternative to traditional storylines. If you want a show with amazing singing and score. Entertaining until the end.

Don't see it if Go and thank me later.

90
Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Classic, Great singing

See it if you want to see a classic of all times.

Don't see it if you are bitter and don't enjoy a timeless Broadway musical.

Also A magical play, with super classic songs.Spectacular stage changes. A ... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Resonant, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want a innovative storyline with dazzling music.

Don't see it if you don't like fantasy

70
Insipid, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you already love the songs, are looking for a musical to take young people to or love the Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if you are looking for a piece that makes you think or one that has a quick pace.

88
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Revisited show for first time in years.It is still a great production. It was thrilling to hear the terrific lyrics and music. Cast excels!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of a musical that features the characters of the Wizard of Oz.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you want to be entertained from beginning to end and are a fan of the original Wizard of Oz, you must see this! Great for all ages!

Don't see it if No reason not to. I can't wait to see it again with my three granddaughters!

91
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy great musicals. Entertaining. Saw the original cast and they were amazed no.

Don't see it if You don't like great musicals.

90
Delightful, Indulgent, Sentimental, Satisfying, Bombastic

See it if You like underdog stories, big musicals, and/or classic fantasy tales retold from a villain’s perspective or a female perspective

Don't see it if you’re a Wizard of Oz purist; stories about sisterhood don’t interest you; you like your fairy tale revisionism to be edgy, gritty, or sexy

Also A jubilant, easy to love, unapologetically commercial hit. Catchy song... Read more Read less

72
Overrated, Entertaining, Great staging, Mean-spirited

See it if all your friends have gone and they've liked it. I imagine Idina Menzel must have been amazing in it.

Don't see it if you prefer not to watch non-stop bullying.

51
Quirky, Excruciating, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You are a NYC visitor/tourist and it's on your bucket list as a must see.

Don't see it if You value good theater, have better ways to spend your time and money

77
Clever, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you are going to the theatre with the family. It is very child friendly and is a very clever take on what happens after the Oz.

Don't see it if the Wizard of Oz is not significant to you.

88
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

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.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if love "The Wizard of Oz."

Don't see it if you don't like "The Wizard of Oz" and musicals.

86
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging

See it if you want to see an iconic Broadway show that gives an interesting spin to "The Wizard of Oz."

Don't see it if you do not wish to be entertained by a show having a talented cast and an interesting, if not earthshattering, story.

59
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Boring!

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

Also Wicked became popular riding The Harry Potter frenzy about sorcery sch... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great singing, Fantasy-wonderland

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.

Also While hearing the name "Wicked" may conjure images of popular NYC tour... Read more Read less

94
Though has to play for the out-of-town crowd, this is an extraordinary musical

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

Also I expected this to be a middle-brow show for the masses but was amazed... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoyed "The Wizard of Oz," enjoy amazing stage effects

Don't see it if You have no interest in a fictional plot.

95
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy popular musicals and catchy songs and like to see twists on classic stories.

Don't see it if you dislike "The Wizard of Oz."

Also "Wicked" is a powerful musical with a number of messages quietly artic... Read more Read less