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)


45
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

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

30
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

25
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


48
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You're fond of the Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate a slow-moving, not terribly-interesting musical with mostly forgettable music

48
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you love the Oz story so much you don't demand quality

Don't see it if you demand quality, i.e. a chorus whose words can be understood, timing that keeps the show peppy

Also I've avoided Wicked for all these years because hanging out with 1500 ... Read more Read less

45
Bombastic, Insipid, Great acting, Overrated, Great singing

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.

Also I liked Wicked when I first saw it, and then I grew up. In hindsight, ... Read more Read less

45
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

44
Hilarious, Fluffy, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

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

44
Walked out, Hated, Dated, Disappointing, Dark

See it if You like the music

Don't see it if Social discrimination bothers you

40
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if YOU ARE TEENAGE GIRL

Don't see it if You like a well written show that is easy to follow

40
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like musicals with super pop songs, your friends said you would love it. sorry wicked fans, I just liked 2-3 songs and that's it.

Don't see it if you don't like overdone themes and metaphors.

40
Original, Confusing, Romantic, Slow, Overrated

See it if you like slow moving and romantic stories. Then it is the right show for you.

Don't see it if you like big shows with dancing and excitment

40
Overrated, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if ....performances were excellent but even still, I was conflicted and struggled with this production.

Don't see it if ....overrated, bland story, non engaging.

40
Overrated, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you must.

Don't see it if your tastes are loftier than this slick, overbearing, overblown, overstuffed, overrated, shrill musical.

40
Overrated, Insipid, Great staging, Ambitious, Banal

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.

40
Dated, Overrated

See it if You are a teenage girl who can relate to these characters and to the show's message.

Don't see it if You want to spend your theatre dollars seeing something with memorable music and dance.

39
Indulgent, Predictable, Overrated, Juvenile, Cliched

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.

36
Overrated, Insipid, Fluffy, Excruciating, Banal

See it if You have to choose between this and torture

Don't see it if You care about good music, story or not wanting to gouge out your eyes

35
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent, Trash

See it if you love the music and want to see a Big Musical

Don't see it if there's so many better big musicals out there. don't waste your time.

35
Disappointing, Overrated

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.

30
Stupidly written, Upsetting, Intense, Cliched

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

Also The show could have been something great if it hadn't tried to frame i... Read more Read less

30
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want something that's basically Disney, but not actually.

Don't see it if You want something intelligent, original or well-written.

30
Slow, Original, Disappointing, Clever

See it if ...

Don't see it if I just didn't like it. Oh well.

29
Banal, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you liked getting picked on in high school and junior high

Don't see it if you want an entertaining show..very disappointing!!

29
Idiotic, Boring, Delightful

See it if you're very basic

Don't see it if you have talent!

23
Overrated, Disappointing, Banal, Dated, Confusing

See it if You have nothing better to do

Don't see it if You can see fiddler on the roof instead

15
Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

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.

8
Insipid, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You love theme parks

Don't see it if you like good music


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