New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Wicked (NYC)

From 24 critic and 19,839 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Must see

About the show

Now in its fourteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages spectacle follows 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)


"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

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

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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"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

The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

Epic, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love the Wizard of OZ and want the back story.

Don't see it if Have no interest in how Oz came to be.

Must see, Masterful, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you love a show with a message of empowerment and love this is the show for you.

Don't see it if If you do not like musicals or shows that deal with empathy than this is not the show for you

Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Loved the voices!

Don't see it if No reason not to see...One of the best shows of all time

Epic, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love big shows with impressive sets, costumes, etc. Absolutely incredible music! And love the story about female friendship!

Don't see it if You don't like fantasy worlds. And big shows.

Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You love a great show that is funny and so wonderfully done. You'll sing the songs for a very long time after you see the show. It helps you

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason why someone wouldn't want to see this show at least once

Also see the Wizard of Oz in a whole new light.

Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Great play to see. Enjoyable

Don't see it if If you can not get tickets at the regular prices.

Riveting, Must see, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if See it if you enjoy a truly magical experience with amazing costumes and singing.

Don't see it if Don't see it with real little children who might be frightened.

Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you love the wizard of oz and enjoy seeing a story with a fresh perspective

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

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if Great depiction of wizard of oz. Excellent for all ages. Clever staging,beautiful costumes and great music. Family show!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy fantasy or musicals


See it if You haven’t

Don't see it if You’re not into musicals

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if U want to see 1 of the best. Well rounded. Great set, costumes & most importantly, singing. Perfect choice for 1st timers or seasoned pros.

Don't see it if U hate musicals in general?? I don’t know why u wouldn’t want to see this show. If u hate great performances and hate the wizard of oz?

Enchanting, Great singing, Funny, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You love great singing and the great twist on the Wizard of Oz story. It’s funny at times and sad at others. It has a beautiful story arc.

Don't see it if You’ve never seen or read The Wizard of Oz.

Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if You love great songs and performances. Has such a great spin on the Wizard of Oz. Everything about this show is magical

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the Wizard of Oz

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if I do not remember ever enjoying a musical as much as I did. The story is clever and the music and songs are memorable. It’s a show for all.

Don't see it if If you hate musicals or happy endings, don’t go

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy unique, well-written and wonderfully staged musicals. If you loved The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is a must-see.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy long shows or are not interested in seeing a long-running Broadway show.

Funny, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if It has something for everyone to relate to, we've all struggled in our early adult years and this shows all of those struggles & friendships

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see

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Don't see it if you don't like love storys and the wizard of oz

Enchanting, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You want the total Broadway experience. You will leave the theater singing and wanting to live in Oz.

Don't see it if You don't like catchy, upbeat musicals.

Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Great writing

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like stories that make you rethink good and evil. You like characters that buck expectations

Don't see it if You don’t like broadway

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a modern broadway classic! One of the best go to musicals for people who aren’t typically fans of musical theater.

Don't see it if You have small children who may be frightened by loud noises and intense scenes.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like amazing shows with amazing storylines

Don't see it if no reason not to see it!

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful

See it if You love magic and great vocals

Don't see it if Belting is annoying to your ears


See it if Great new take on a classic story. Great acting and music

Don't see it if you only want to like the movie

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Iconic for a reason. Jessica Vosk is electrifying as Elphaba!

Don't see it if You’re not ready to be moved!

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