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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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 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 loud grandoise epic old-school musicals (Les Mis, Phantom, Cats) impress you. 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. Everything's BIG. I was underwhelmed. There's a reason "Avenue Q" won the 2004 Tony.
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 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 A Broadway classic! If you've never seen it but love the music, GO SEE IT!
Don't see it if You don't like "The Wizard of Oz." If you've never seen it, you've got bigger problems than deciding whether or not to see Wicked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!