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Wicked

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

Long before Dorothy arrives, two other women meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery, and possesses an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. "Wicked" is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello.

 
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Reviews (15310)

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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

40
Variety

"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

65
The New York Times

"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

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

90
Time Out New York

"'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

80
Theatermania

"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

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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

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

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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

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

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

95
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

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93
Avg Score

85
Epic, Romantic, Overrated, 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

88
Clever, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if if you like musical spectacles

Don't see it if you don't want to alter your perceptions of the Wizard of Oz

51
Ambitious, Relevant, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the original Oz books and curious about the origins of many of the principal characters.

Don't see it if you want more than unmemorable music, extreme amplification, and shrieking rather than singing. Even the "ballads" are cringe worthy.

85
Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a show with a little bit of "everything": singing, dancing, magic, friendship, love, self-awakening...

Don't see it if You enjoy serious themes, you don't like being entertained.

79
Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Big

See it if you have pre-teens & teens who you want to expose to an entertaining message about good v. evil and exterior v. interior beauty .

Don't see it if you don't enjoy showiness and spectacle.

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you're satisfied with staging and great voices.

Don't see it if you're looking for a really good musical

Also I saw this show, first, in previews and thought it was awful. I saw it... Read more Read less

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

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.

90
Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Moving, Entertaining

See it if You liked the book by Gregory Maguire or The Wizard of Oz book/movie. You're inspired by stories of friendship. You get lost in a good tale.

Don't see it if You don't like big spectacle shows. You only want realism in your theater. You don't like prequels.

75
Relevant, Great music

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).

97
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like the book or want to know why the witch becomes wicked before oz.You enjoy great musicals, amazing singing,great story and costumes.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or witches!

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want to see one of the best musicals ever. It will be on Broadway forever. A close to perfect show. Great music and a powerful.

Don't see it if You do not like musicals

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want amazing staging, beautiful lighting and are a fan of The Wizard Oz. Many funny references to the movie. Very enjoyable and for kids

Don't see it if You don't like stories about female power.If you are looking for a serious drama. Didn't love the music but loved the power of their voices

Also If you are not a familiar with the Wizard of Oz this is an eye popping... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You have a teenager visiting.

Don't see it if You think The Wizard of Oz is a sacred text.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like big, splashy Bway musicals and you're familiar with the beloved characters from The Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if you like intimate personal dramas.

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If you want a great night at the theatre with a really entertaining and visually stunning show.

Don't see it if If you really focus on the books for shows of prefer more classic theatre.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Great show a lot of fun

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

86
Original, Clever, Overrated, Entertaining, Enjoyable

See it if You watched "The Wizard of Oz" over and over again as a child.

Don't see it if you don't have a child going, you don't get to the theater often, and there are other things of interest.

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see one of the shows that defines musical theater in the 21st century

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

91
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a big Broadway spectacle with heart

Don't see it if ... can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this show. It has something for everyone

87
Original, Must see

See it if You love classics musiclas

Don't see it if You do not like witches!!!!

95
Original, Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy being swept away by clever songs, amazing costumes, and lots of fantasy. There are a few 'nods' to the original Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see The Wizard of Oz! This is the prequel, and the songs are nothing like the movie.

79
Original, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love the Wizard of Oz and you like to see themes turned on their head. I very much enjoyed it but ...

Don't see it if I'm not sure why I was disappointed in this play. Had a great cast, it just didn't really reach me.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to be dazzled

Don't see it if you have an aversion to whimsy

86
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You love the Wizard of Oz

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

90
Original, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

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.