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.”
"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
"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
"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
"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
See it if You're a tourist who wants a big show with impressive effects.
Don't see it if You want a deep, thought-provoking, emotionally engaging show or songs that don't make you want to drink bleach.
See it if your daughters, nieces and granddaughter want this musical as their gift from you for a special occasion.
Don't see it if you can't bear another musical legend that is a Broadway myth about its quality.
See it if You're a tourist, new to theater, a fan of the book or the movie the wizard of oz
Don't see it if you want to avoid tourists and can't stand the occasional audience member singing along
See it if If this is going to be your first Broadway show. For Broadway veterans, you may enjoy a couple of the songs, and the size of the production.
Don't see it if you can only see one show. There are many shows better than this. The songs get stale quickly and the show drags in act 1. Act 2 redeems.
See it if You've never felt empowered by anything in your life. You just want to see a Broadway Musical for the spectacle of it all.
Don't see it if You've seen any other sort of feminist media. This will come across as pandering, basic, and boring.
See it if you will buy into the hype. Wicked has very poorly written songs and a lame plot. If you don't want to think about how poor this is...go.
Don't see it if You realize that Stephen Schwartz is not as good as people says. He makes up words and all of his songs start to sound the same.
See it if You are a tourist and want to see the flashiest piece of theater in existence.
Don't see it if You liked the original book, you are sensitive to the persecution of people who are different, disguised behind a happy-go-lucky musical
See it if you enjoy a gaudy and garrish attack on your senses with bad singing and thin storytelling.
Don't see it if You have any sense of what good theater should be. Even lavish productions can be engaging, touch an emotional core, and have substance.
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