Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Wicked (NYC)

From 20,015 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 (20015)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Must see
93
Avg Score

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Great singing

See it if You love the Wizard of Oz and you like to see themes turned on their head. I very much enjoyed it but ...

Don't see it if I'm not sure why I was disappointed in this play. Had a great cast, it just didn't really reach me.

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you enjoy a good story that is easy to follow

Don't see it if you don't enjoy flying monkeys

90
Indulgent, Bombastic, Satisfying, Sentimental, Delightful

See it if You like underdog stories, big musicals, and/or classic fantasy tales retold from a villain’s perspective or a female perspective

Don't see it if you’re a Wizard of Oz purist; stories about sisterhood don’t interest you; you like your fairy tale revisionism to be edgy, gritty, or sexy

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80
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you are a tween to twenty year old girl or her parent, it resonates with them

Don't see it if are an adult male that doesn't enjoy sweet sappy musicals

91
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Love well produced musicals. Beautiful staging, acting etc. A delightful theatre experience.

Don't see it if If you do not like musicals.

78
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Epic, Original

See it if Prequel to The Wizard of Oz, the staging and costumes were dazzling, the plot ambitious and confusing. Some epic songs, the rest mediocre.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to follow a convoluted plot over 3 1/2 hours; you don't like every song at the same loud, belting intensity.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Fluffy, Enchanting

See it if you're a human person. It has something for everyone; great story, songs, staging, humor, heart - a home run.

Don't see it if you hate musicals. I can't think of any good reason.

75
Clever, Confusing, Great singing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if huge, grandiose, epic, old-school musicals (Les Miz, Phantom, Cats) are your thing. It's MAGnanimous & visually dazzling, w/a great message.

Don't see it if for you, less is more. There is no "less" here. AT ALL. Even so, I was underwhelmed. There's a reason "Avenue Q" won the 2004 Tony Award.

97
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Must see, Great singing

See it if want to see a very clever prequel to the Wizard of Oz. It's got great music, great story, and spectacle!

Don't see it if you don't like the Wizard of Oz, or musicals.

91
Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want a clever backstory to the witches from wizard of oz....interesting....well staged....if you are a theater person you should see it

Don't see it if you don't like belting out songs....most of the show is belting....lots of high notes long and loud..

83
Clever, Great writing, Original, Must see, Romantic

See it if you want to know why the wicked witch from the west went where she is now on broadway!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals .

92
Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Fantasy-wonderland, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy clever reimaginings of iconic childhood stories, portrayed masterfully and comically, as well as poignantly, by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't have an open-mind to consider Oz figures a la L. Frank Baum in a new light; aren't a child at heart; dislike fantastic spectacle.

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92
Delightful, Enchanting, Resonant, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you want to see one of the shows that defines musical theater in the 21st century

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the Wizard of Oz

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like musicals with all of the bells and whistles. Story and costuming were great. I can't believe I waited so long to it.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy musicals, or if you have no interest in the knowing the background of The Wizard of Oz.

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.

70
Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you're a fan of the movie, if you like lavish, bigger-than-life musicals, or if you have young girls to take.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with depth or if you know nothing about the movie.

72
Great staging, Overrated, Mean-spirited, Entertaining

See it if all your friends have gone and they've liked it. I imagine Idina Menzel must have been amazing in it.

Don't see it if you prefer not to watch non-stop bullying.

87
Original, Must see, Entertaining, Epic, Great staging

See it if you are a Wizard of Oz fan and want to see the story completely flipped or if you like musicals with powerful scores

Don't see it if you aren't willing to pay for a full price Broadway ticket or don't care for the story

100
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Epic, Absorbing

See it if You want to see the best show ever!

Don't see it if You're a musical theatre snob who disdains mega-musicals.

71
Cute, Enjoyable, Overrated

See it if If you want a different take on the Wizard of Oz and enjoy the show's well known songs

Don't see it if If you think this is like the classic Wizard of Oz or if you are expecting to hear Over the Rainbow.

73
Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a modern classic.

Don't see it if you want something thought provoking.

88
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if Revisited show for first time in years.It is still a great production. It was thrilling to hear the terrific lyrics and music. Cast excels!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of a musical that features the characters of the Wizard of Oz.

90
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Commercial, Fun

See it if You want a clever, ambitious and modern take on a story so integrated into American culture that it's become part of the national DNA.

Don't see it if You want memorable songs or lyrics; unlike the terrific visual and conceptual spectacle, most of the score is instantly forgettable.

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91
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love great unabashed Broadway musicals

Don't see it if you can't bear the thought of defying gravity

95
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Be swept away in Wizard backstory and believe in magic.

Don't see it if Looking for Menzel and Chenoweth.


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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