New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Wicked (NYC)

From 24 critic and 19,599 member reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, 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)


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

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

55
The Associated Press

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


69
Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You want to give in to the hype or are looking for a show with decent performances, cool effects, a somewhat clever story and catchy tunes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a profound, emotional and enlightening show that leaves you satisfied.

69
Tourist magnet, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You can take a time machine back in time to seeing the OBC (preferably as a 14 yr old girl). You haven't seen many (or any) Broadway shows.

Don't see it if You haven't seen/read The Wizard of Oz. You can't stand cringeworthy made up words or cheap blonde jokes.

Also Bears little resemblance to its namesake novel by Gregory Maguire... b... Read more Read less

69
Underwhelming, Great staging, Original, Overrated, Banal

See it if You are apparently most of Amercia who loves this musical

Don't see it if You are like me who was underwhelmed by the score and the hammy characterizations.

69
Boring, Obvious, Trite, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You are a fan of the book; you like sister stories, you like over-the-top musical numbers

Don't see it if You don't like Wizard of Oz; you like songs with memorable melodies; you like tight story lines

69
Ambitious, Overrated

See it if you like Wizard of Oz and want to know the backstory.

Don't see it if you are annoyed by filler. Half the score is amazing, but the other half is really bland. I would recommend this if they cut 30 mins.

68
Not all that, Fluffy, Overrated, Great staging, Banal

See it if If you want to scratch it off your bucket list. It's just for tourist. Singing wasn't that great I expected more.

Don't see it if You do t have to.

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are swept up in "Wicked" Fever! Some of the songs are terrific.

Don't see it if Your expectations are too high... And you want a neatly done, happy ending!

68
Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the score of Pippin, great staging and costumes.

Don't see it if you see a lot of musicals. There are better ones out there.

68
Slow, Overrated, Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You enjoy the music and lighter-toned shows.

Don't see it if You prefer deep and thoughtful characters.

68
Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You love glitz and flash and big singing and huge production values

Don't see it if Bombast wears on you, or if you're more interested in music that is interesting as opposed to showy.

68
Slow, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you don't have very high expectations

Don't see it if you aren't completely in love with storyline

68
Enchanting, Masterful, Romantic, Original, Must see

See it if You like fictional mystical type theatre.

Don't see it if You prefer more realistic scenarios.

68
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You know and love the score, and are interested in spectacle.

Don't see it if You don't know the words to the songs, or you are looking for coherent character development.

68
Overrated, Indulgent, Clever, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if If you'd like to see a very large scale musical that has several tunes you'll recognize and LOTS going on all over the stage.

Don't see it if If you enjoy music but not going deaf.

67
Burns is good, Average, Much ado about not much, Disappointing

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.

67
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if It didn't move me the way I had expected. Good special effects but ultimately disappointing.

Don't see it if You re a Wizard of Oz purist

67
Banal, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if I was shocked rhis was one of the most successful musicals ever. It was dark but cheesy at the same time.

Don't see it if Did not match the hype. Felt mailed in.

67
Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Cliched

See it if you're a fan of the kinds of stories that tells a prequel about a villain who used to be good. If you like the Oz movie you might like this.

Don't see it if you're a fan of the Baum books, if that's the case then this show is definitely not for you. It's based more on the movie with Judy Garland.

67
Indulgent, Cliched, Great staging, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You are a tween girl

Don't see it if You have built it up in your head for years

67
Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are okay with having every song stuck in your head for the next month.

Don't see it if you're not.

66
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like big broadway shows and typical musical music

Don't see it if you don't want to spend a lot of money on a rather mediocre play. You prefer classical music

66
Insipid, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if are a 13-18 year old girl

Don't see it if want a story you can follow. I wanted this to be better

66
Great singing, Dated, Slow, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You love the Wizard of Oz and Broadway mega musicals

Don't see it if Are looking for a coherent plot

65
Pretty good, Female leads, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of retellings of classic tales, like big musicals, like female main characters.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or don't like modern-style musicals. You were a fan of the book, and won't enjoy the changes made to the book plot.

65
Muddled, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Fans of The Wizard will love the continuation .. good music score and staging

Don't see it if Show is overblown a bit, confusing and story a bit muddled


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