Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Must see

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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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The New York Times

"A bloated production that might otherwise spend close to three hours flapping its oversized wings without taking off." 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

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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Confusing, Cliched, Great staging, Dull

See it if You want to see the show that everyone is supposed to see on Broadway or you're fanatic about spectacle.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that isn't confusing, overrated and surprisingly bland.

Great acting, Great singing, More for tourists or children

See it if you like good vocal and large cast production. Good entertainment. Story line is at teenage level intelligence.

Don't see it if you prefer something more profound or sophisticated

Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if Wicked is a stable on Broadway and as a Broadway Musical, it delivers the goods that is expected of such gigantic show of its caliber.

Don't see it if I always like Wicked's first act, which has all the good songs, whereas the second act feels like a forced wrap-up of the story.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want a great score, great singing, and a fun story. Wicked still feels fresh

Don't see it if you want a more serious story or challenging plot, show is fun and entertaining for the whole family and has a positive message

Great for oz fans and very good for everyone!

See it if You like Oz; bravura singing; intricate staging

Don't see it if You hate Oz or want socially themed musicals

Delightful, Epic, Must see, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You haven’t, still love the show, need to see a classic that everyone else has seen, or just wonder what all the fuss is about

Don't see it if You’ve heard hype for years, and expect it to live up to the hype. It’s starting to show it’s age, does not have the gloss it opened with.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Great singing great staging great costumes blockbuster hits

Don't see it if Your jaded and don’t like musicals lite stories with great singing and staging

Funny, Epic, Exquisite, Must see, Romantic

See it if You want a great epic musical you know the songs

Don't see it if You want something with substance

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, 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.

Romantic, Confusing, Loud, Showy

See it if You like big, showy musicals a la Disney. The idea behind the show is clever, and the execution leaves out no technical glam.

Don't see it if You like a solid story that doesn't fall apart in the second act. This second act loses focus and throws too much at the audience.

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Politically relevant

See it if Wonderfully epic staging with vibrant colors and costumes. Suprisingly clever backstory plus a strong political undertone

Don't see it if Massive theater that may be hard to fully appreciate from far. Completely forgettable musical numbers yet they were great-singers.

Also Who can resist irresistibly adorable and hilarious Glinda?

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like substantial entertainment and for kids of all ages!

Don't see it if You want a deep brooding drama with a lot of character conflict

Delightful, Epic, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if the spectacle of it all + THE SINGING (jackie burns!)

Don't see it if super fluffy

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see the other side of the story for the wizard of oz with a twist and you like great staging and acting.

Don't see it if A traditional version with Dorothy and Toto in it.

Enchanting, Relevant, Resonant, Timely, Great singing

See it if love great singing and a story packed with relevance to today's world.

Don't see it if Just want to see Bette do "Dolly" again

Disappointing, Average, Much ado about not much, Burns is good

See it if you want to be disappointed. Went into it with big expectations, and it turns to be average in every aspect-songs, choreograpgy, voices...

Don't see it if you expect greatness-it is just ok, but definitely not worth all the stir around it. Dated choreography-painful. Disappointing overall.

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.

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like big musicals with strong vocals

Don't see it if You don't like fairy tales or silliness

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

See it if You've never seen this juggernut of a musical or just want to be entertained. It's a beautiful show with very empowering lyrics.

Don't see it if You hate over the top productions. This show is very tech heavy and some might find that redundant. The story is also not very original.

Also I've seen Wicked a few times and have to say the tour is slightly bett... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love The Wizard of Oz and the characters. Great songs, set design and story.

Don't see it if you want to miss out on one of the best shows on Broadway.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love well produced musicals and already familiar with the songs.

Don't see it if You want something serious.

Also It's like Glee or HS Musical on crack. But still see it for the heck o... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like a different alternative to traditional storylines. If you want a show with amazing singing and score. Entertaining until the end.

Don't see it if Go and thank me later.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of storytelling, large-scale productions, and show-stopping numbers. A wonderful addition to and perspective-changer for Oz!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of powerful female characters.

Overrated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Hasn't everyone seen it at this point? It's fine, but it's not great.

Don't see it if You are tired of upside down kids shows.

Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love theater with amazing, elaborate staging, songs that stick in your brain, and humor plus heart!

Don't see it if You like serious musicals or hate the Wizard of Oz!

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