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Gershwin Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016
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This musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz addresses surprisingly complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, fighting fascism. Thanks to Winnie Holzman’s witty book and Stephen Schwartz’s pop-inflected score, Wicked soars. Currently, the cast features Rachel Tucker as Elphaba and Carrie St. Louis as Galinda.

[Running time: 2hrs 45mins. One intermission.]

Venue name: Gershwin Theatre
Address: 222 W 51st St
New York

Cross street: between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Transport: Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, R to 49th St
Price: $65–$145, premium $251.25–$301.25
Event phone: 800-982-2787
Event website: http://wickedthemusical.com

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Wicked was my first participation in Broadway Week ever, and I was not disappointed one bit! It had a bit of a bumpy start (characters are not very dynamic or instantly relatable - yes, Glinda is instantly funny, but her character really begins to identify about a quarter of the way through the show), but they eventually grow into very complex individuals with tumultuous relationships that anyone can relate to. Glinda had us laughing out loud, our hearts ached along with Elphaba's, and I appreciated the clever ways they referenced the original Wizard of Oz (I love that part of this story takes place during the time Dorothy is in Oz, filling in some of the gaps of what was going on in the rest of Oz during her residency). Overall it's a very enchanting story with some great twists and clever writing that makes it a must-see on Broadway!


Honestly, Wicked has become a Broadway staple, seeing as it will not go away any time soon, as rightfully it should not.

Though the story line can seem a bit bumpy in certain areas, especially in the teen problems camp, the true heart and soul of the show is Glinda and Elphaba. If played by dynamic actresses, the show manages to steal the heart of all those who see the show. For the young teen population the show seems to attract the most, many can find a part of either Elphaba or Glinda to identify with.

"Defying Gravity" always manages to take my breath away (seen this show three times!) and the tale of friendship won and lost always strikes a chord. 

Olivia H

I personally think this is the best musical ever. The songs are fantastic and the story line is brilliant. I would recommend it to anyone.