Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Wicked (NYC)

From 20,187 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Must see

About the show

Now in its sixteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages musical spectacle tells 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)

Member Reviews (20187)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Must see

62
Big broadway spectacular

See it if you want to see one of the biggest and most talked about Broadway shows in history

Don't see it if This has been around for 16 years. It’s exactly what you think it’s going to be

Also Not sure anyone will care about my review of this show. Maybe I’m the ... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated

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.

50
Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing, Overrated

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

51
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Relevant, Overrated

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.

54
Overrated, Entertaining, Over-sung, Under-written, Spectacle

See it if You like under-written books with an over-written score and $20m of scenery.

Don't see it if Ok-written spectacles aren't you're thing.

55
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are a preteen who needs some emotional bucking-up.

Don't see it if you are not a preteen.

60
Cliched, Confusing, 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.

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Slow

See it if you don't have very high expectations

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

68
Disappointing, Much ado about not much, Average, 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.

68
Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

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.

51
Cliched, Fluffy, Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You are a NYC visitor/tourist and it's on your bucket list as a must see.

Don't see it if You value good theater, have better ways to spend your time and money

65
Cute, Peppy, Overrated, Heartfelt, Disappointing

See it if you're a 13-year-old girl. Wicked is likely popular because it resonates with a disaffected teenage mentality. Nice message. Silly show.

Don't see it if you don't like leaving the theatre with the taste of bubble gum in your mouth.

60
Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated, Banal

See it if You don't see a lot of theater, prefer lighter fare, and felt like an outcast in high school.

Don't see it if You value original stories, prefer something a bit more out of theater, and tend not to go with the hype

69
Overrated, Ambitious

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.

55
Slow, Overrated, Fluffy, Dated

See it if you're a tween that loves silly and thinly plotted musicals with no heart; you want to take a nap in Act 2; your girlfriend forces you to go

Don't see it if you expect quality acting; some music is good, but most is boring and silly; grab your soda cup filled with ice and slurp louder, please!

59
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, 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

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Epic

See it if you're a cliche.

Don't see it if you're looking for "good" theatre.

50
Great staging, Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Saw original cast and about 3 years after. Good upkeep, but disappointing. Visually beautiful spectacle. Not much more to offer.

Don't see it if you have kids. this is NOT a children's show. Most adults don't get there is an underlying theme of fascism.

68
Confusing, Dizzying, Clever, Indulgent, Overrated

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.

65
Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you want to. At this point, you already know if you'll like it.

Don't see it if if you don't want to. You already know if you'll hate it.

50
Overrated, Indulgent, Romantic, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you are coming to New York City to see all of the classic hits; you absolutely love the story

Don't see it if you want to see something engrossing or thought-provoking; you don't enjoy over indulgent musical theater

52
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you don't believe it's overhyped.

Don't see it if you're an actual Wizard of Oz fan.

60
Overrated, Cute, Dated

See it if you want a solid musical. The song will always be fantastic, and the story line is cute and innovative.

Don't see it if you're expecting the 2003 production. Show quality has gone down significantly & the actors are sub-par. It's not worth the expensive ticket

50
Over amplified, Confusing, Over the top

See it if you are a 15 year old girl. Some good songs, but they are better to listen to on the CD.

Don't see it if you like subtle theatre. The story is awful. The Production is overblown, loud, and confusing. Loud and over mic-ed. Disappointing.

67
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

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


August 21st, 2014
"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."
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January 8th, 2015
"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."
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March 7th, 2014
"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."
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November 21st, 2003
"'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."
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Cast & Creatives (11)