A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba, a passionate political activist if there ever was one, fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.
The most complete, and completely satisfying, musical I’ve come across in a long time.
Review by Elysa Gardner from USA Today
Winnie Holzman’s script keeps the gags coming as it cleverly subverts the film that spawned it. Packed with spectacular coups de theatre and magical effects.
Review by Charles Spencer from The Daily Telegraph
“Wizard of Oz” fans will be fascinated by all the back stories, answering such questions as “Is Glinda really that good?” and “Where did the flying monkeys come from?” But the best thing about Wicked is its stars, whose talents cast a poweful spell.
Review by Rome Torre from NY1
What a spectacle this is! Keep your eye on the witches. These wonderful girls from Oz are a delight.
Review by Linda Winer from Newsday
Built on songs by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, the show is steeped in talent.
Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times