Running since October 2003 Now in its second decade, this family-friendly spectacle about the teenage years of the Good Witch and the Green Witch remains one of Broadway's hottest tickets.
Ever wondered what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in? Using Gregory Maguire's postmodern novel as a jumping off point, "Wicked" traces the fortunes of the Green Witch, Elphaba, who struggles to understand a confused and confusing world, and her more popular friend Glinda the Good, who blithely finds success at every turn.
This is a good pick for families with older children (girls, especially, might relate to the stories of the two witches' coming of age) and younger ones will certainly be kept entertained by the gigantic sets, colorful lights and hummable melodies.
Here is a clip from "The Late Show" featuring Idina Menzel (who is no longer in the show) and the original company of "Wicked" performing the show's Act I closer:
Generally speaking, if you like musical theater, its a safe bet you'll enjoy this show.
2004 Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel).
2004 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding New Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Orchestrations.
2004 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Broadway Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Costume Design.
Wicked" is a big musical. Big in its overstuffed plot. Big in its marvelous lead performances by Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, two of the brightest stars in a new generation of musical-theater talent. And big in its setting, a fantasy environment by designer Eugene Lee that effectively fills the cavernous stage of the Gershwin Theater.
New York Daily News
If the theater enforced more stringent economic controls, the creators would have had to solve the problems emotionally. "Wicked" then might have had more impact.
October 27, 2016
The show was amazing! We had not seen it before and were glad we did! I think it would be a little too much for a child 5 and younger. Sitting still for 2.5 hours is not what young child do best. And some of the monkey creatures with wings might be too much for them to handle. The show is very clever and weaves together the backstory of Oz so nicely with the movie. Very creatively portrayed! And our seats were excellent through entertainment link. I almost bought 2 tickets with another online discounter ticket site. They were going to be 2 rows from the back of the theater and would have been $35 more for each ticket. I paid less with Entertainment Link and sat 18 rows in front of where we would have been. We sat just above stage height in the center. We had no issues seeing anything at all. The sound was great as well. All in all a very wonderful date night for my wife and I. I would highly recommend entertainment link to anyone.
August 14, 2014
Great seats and great play!!!
June 4, 2014
We thouroughly enjoyed the show, professional, entertaining and exciting, although 2hrs and 45 minutes it kept our attention the whole time. We were in the rear balcony and still could see it all easily. Binoculars were good to have for closeups