Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Wicked (NYC)

From 20,018 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Must see

About the show

Now in its sixteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages musical spectacle tells the untold true story of the Witches of Oz. More…

"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.” 

2h 30m | Open run | Gershwin Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (20018)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Must see
93
Avg Score

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Classic, Must see

See it if Amazing concept, resonant lyrics, beautiful music. Classic for all ages. Brilliant

Don't see it if you don't like fairy tales.

98
Enchanting, Magical, Epic, Great music, Original

See it if You've never seen it before, it's a must see!

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

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You're a fan of The Wizard of Oz. this gives you a fun different perspective. If you read the book, I liked this even better.

Don't see it if You don't like the Wizard of Oz.

83
Profound, Must see

See it if You need a good intro to Broadway. A good "first" show.

Don't see it if You are allergic to green.

75
Great music, Relevant

See it if you want to see a show that's actually remarkably relevant on the eve of Trump's America.

Don't see it if you prefer a show that tells its story on a more intimate scale (this show sometimes feels like a machine that doesn't allow for intimacy).

85
Romantic, Overrated, Epic, Entertaining

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

Also POSITIVES. green. rules, escalators, two star turns, special effects, ... Read more Read less

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.

40
Disappointing, Banal, Overrated

See it if you must.

Don't see it if your tastes are loftier than this slick, overbearing, overblown, overstuffed, overrated, shrill musical.

83
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love the Wizard of Oz. You want big production numbers. You like underdog stories. You want to take the kids. You like sentimental shows

Don't see it if You don't like big production numbers. You hate the Wizard of Oz. You dislike sentimental shows.

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You love the Oz stories, enjoy power ballads, like a story with some meat to it, great characters, some good surprises, excellent voices

Don't see it if The Wizard of Oz is not your thing, you can't imagine being in a theater full of eager teenage girls, not a fan of overpowering singing

75
Overrated, Ambitious, Enchanting, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you like costumes and a memorable score.

Don't see it if you're not into the Wizard of Oz or origin stories. There are definitely some "eye-rolling" moments. It's okay, but terribly overrated.

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

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You're a huge fan of Oz.

Don't see it if You're not into overblown productions.

71
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Cliched, Great singing

See it if You want to see what the hype is about

Don't see it if You love the story of Oz from the movie or the books.

92
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Epic

See it if you love big Broadway shows. This is all that and more. Singing, dancing, fabulous costumes with sweet plot, lots of talented performers.

Don't see it if you like serious theater. This is pretty much frivolous. The show delighted me and my companions but we like colorful talented and escapist.

98
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You love wonderful relevant and gorgeously staged musicals.

Don't see it if You are a Scrooge. Because anyone but a Scrooge will love this brilliant, clever show !

93
Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Magically fulfilling - a ride you won't forget due to the energy, the music and the addition to the story.

Don't see it if you do not like the story of The Wizard of House or hate entertaining musicals.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing

See it if For great acting and the singing is great. The whole show is tops. After I saw this I ran out and got the CD. My favorite show.

Don't see it if If you have no part of kid in you.

88
Great staging, Entertaining, Splashy, Delightful

See it if FUN! You want production bang for your buck, enjoy clever storytelling, want to be throughly entertained. Good for kids over 9 - a bit scary

Don't see it if You don't like children's stories, BIG production numbers, classic musicals, sitting in audience with a lot of kids, Disney ventures.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You love a big-scale Broadway musical, love the song Defying Gravity, love great acting & singing

Don't see it if You don't like long-running superb musicals

88
Entertaining, Great staging, Fantastic score, Strong voices

See it if you don't want to miss a cultural touchstone, with memorable songs, terrific sets & costumes. Family friendly w/out the darkness of the book

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable w/ a retelling of the Oz story. Some leads aren't strong singers & some can't dance, but still it's not to be missed.

77
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if A witty take on the Wizard of Oz. Good music not great. Wonderful sets. Children will enjoy.

Don't see it if Like sophisticated shows

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of The Wizard of Oz. Or even if you're not. It's wildly entertaining. See it.

Don't see it if You don't care for traditional musicals.

75
Enchanting, Dated, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you're enthralled with the magic of Oz or love the music.

Don't see it if you're expecting the show to be of the same quality as the early Broadway production. I feel that Wicked has lost it's initial spark.

90
Enchanting, Great staging, Original, Great singing

See it if you like the Wizard of Oz and are interested in alternative views of traditional stories.

Don't see it if wizards and witches are not your thing and you are not impressed by outstanding singing.


August 21st, 2014
"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."
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January 8th, 2015
"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."
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March 7th, 2014
"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."
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November 21st, 2003
"'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."
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