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Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
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32 reviews
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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 (18279)

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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

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

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
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

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

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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

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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

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
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

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

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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

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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
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.

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

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.

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

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You loved The Wizard of Oz since childhood

Don't see it if If you don't like the Wizard of Oz revival

72
Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You feel the need to see an iconic show that's been running forever.

Don't see it if You are so in love with the MGM movie that nothing will live up to it - buy the CD instead (some great music) and just sing along.

95
Absorbing, Epic, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see an amazing musical.

Don't see it if you're an asshole

85
Enchanting, Must see, Riveting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy sweeping, all-the-stops-pulled-out productions. Over-the-top costumes and design to create a beautiful production.

Don't see it if You prefer a telling closer to the book. (A version with more overt political themes would be fascinating!)

Also Any production that passes the Bechdel test is a magical thing. <3

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing

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

75
Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to. You know what you're getting into.

Don't see it if you don't want to. You know what you're getting into.

75
Clever, Confusing, Overrated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if huge, grandiose, epic, old-school musicals (Les Miz, Phantom, Cats) are your thing. 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. Even so, I was underwhelmed. There's a reason "Avenue Q" won the 2004 Tony Award.

89
Funny, Enchanting, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like The Wizard of Oz stories. Fantastic singing. You have children who want to be Wowed.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals that can be considered tacky or if you don't like Stephen Schwartz music.

95
Clever, Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoyed The Wizard of Oz and interested in a new spin. Love great musicals with great singing. Like a great story

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a different spin on The Wizard of Oz

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, New classic

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.

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to look at great staging/costumes and smile when you leave.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or messing with the established wizard of oz characters.

95
Enchanting, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

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?).