Wicked Reviews

One of Broadway's most popular shows, Wicked tells the unbelievable backstory behind The Wizard of Oz's Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the green girl that becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. This family-friendly musical is the definition of a Broadway spectacular, with award-winning sets, costumes and special effects.

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A Wicked Good Time

Everyone knows the story of The Wizard of Oz but what if I told you the story you know wasn’t the whole story. Wicked tells the story behind the green skin and the pointy hat of the Wicked Witch of the West, or Elphaba, and how she became, well, wicked. As the Munchkin Land Tour marched into the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, MD, theater-goers marveled at Wicked, a thematic and visually dynamic musical that was a guaranteed wickedly good time. Wicked entertains as it teaches the audience important lessons from a re-telling of a classic story. Elphaba is an outsider and an outcast, despised for her green skin. Her father hates her, everyone she goes to school with makes fun of her and her roommate, Galinda, is the epitome of popular. She is made out to be an evil witch as she tries to save the mistreated animals of Oz and expose the Wizard as a fraud but realizes he is a symbol of order and hope.. Despite all of her problems and loneliness, she learns to rise above the negativity and embrace who she is. She accepts her fate in order to ensure Galinda, the Wizard’s Advisor, has a chance to maintain peace and optimism in OZ. Elphaba is an example of bravery, confidence and compassion and these are important characteristics to promote. Elphaba’s story is a journey that is fresh and new with the backdrop of a classic story featuring beloved characters. It offers a new perspective on an old story and amuses viewers of all ages The set plays a large part in the musical’s successes. As soon as you enter the theater and take your seats a giant metal dragon looming over the top of the stage entices viewers to ponder what will happen next. Under the dragon is a map of the fictional OZ as the Emerald City glows green in the center. The green light sparkles and grows brighter as time ticks closer to show time. When the curtain raises the backdrop of clocks and gears appear with a bright colorful lights behind them to show off the silhouettes of the set. Throughout the show the gears move, the clock ticks and lights change as the story progresses to reflect the feelings of the characters and to reflect the idea of time and perpetual motion. Often spot lights illuminate a single character during dramatic moments, a green one in Elphaba’s case. At the close of the first act, Elphaba has a climactic scene where she embraces her wickedness and sings ‘Defying Gravity’, the show’s hit song. As she sings she floats up on her broom and her black cape completely envelops the stage and becomes the backdrop for the other characters. Against the black cape, her green skin is accentuated and your eye goes directly to her during the central moment of the musical. The spotlights show the billowing cape and the smoke rising from behind the stage as green and purple lights dance around her. This is a dramatic and pivotal scene that is brought to life by the technical aspects of the show and remains in the memory of anyone who sees it. The lights and setting takes the musical to a whole new level that really engages the audience. Wicked’s popularity as a “blockbuster musical” lives up to the hype and is like a once-in-a lifetime movie going experience. The lighting and stage design provide an emphasis on the characters feelings and emotions and demands to be watched. This musical has powerful and inspirational messages and is not a musical one can passively watch without becoming attached to the characters. I would recommend Wicked to any fan of the Wizard of Oz, anyone who enjoys the re imaging of classic stories or to anyone who just likes to be entertained.

Written on April, 26th 2015

For Good

Wicked is a breathtaking experience. This is pure Broadway material, a blockbuster. It is a tale that everybody will for sure love and relate to. The songs are unbelievable! The decors and costumes are outstanding! It will inspire the audience and actors to be. Outstanding performances! The wickledly amazing talents will blow your mind. It's like being transported into the land of Oz. Check out the vlogs that are done by the artists if you want to know some more informations on what's going on behind the green curtain.

Written on March, 7th 2015

Wicked Review

I saw the show in December of 2013 and it was nothing short of AMAZING! Although, it was a little lengthy I was entertained the whole time. The costumes were amazing as was the music, special effects and scenery. The vocals were outstanding (Elphaba- Lindsay Mendez, Glinda- Alli Mauzey, Nessa-Catherine Charlebois, Fiyero- Derek Klena, Dr. Dillamond- John Shiappa, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- Tom McGowan, Madame Morrible- Carol Kane) If you have not yet seen it, I highly suggest that you see it, I guarantee you will never forget it. It is worth every penny.

Written on January, 31st 2015

Good for Children of All Ages

We are probably the very last to see Wicked. The sets, costumes, and special effects were dazzling. The leads as Glinda (Tiffany Haas) and Elphaba (Christine Dwyer) have played their roles on national tours, and were competent. Dwyer was especially effective as Elphaba, the meatier role. The references to the classic Wizard of Oz, which we recently saw at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, were delightful, and not lost on this New York audience. Since every seat in the house was taken on a Tuesday evening in September, the show is still selling out. We got our tickets on a special deal through Groupon, so paying half price was worth it. This is a great way to introduce children to live productions that will engage them with the dancing, aerobatics, and story line. The book written by Winnie Holzman received a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award. Direction by Joe Mantello was impeccable except for the enunciation during musical numbers in the ensemble. For a fun-filled fantasy, this is the one to see for children of all ages.

Written on September, 3rd 2014

The Most Popular Show on Broadway... Sells Out Every Performance for a Reason.

Saw Wicked for the second time last night. Don't lie - it's a great musical. Beautiful lights and sets, the most gorgeous, intricate costumes, powerful, chilling live orchestrations. Donna Vivino and Alli Mauzey were a wonderful pair and were simply perfect. Kyle Dean Massey and the rest of the cast are A+ as well. This musical is pretty much perfect for any age and any personality... get tickets. This is a really fun show.

Written on February, 8th 2013

See as soon as possible!

Best thing i have seen ever!!! Anyone who reads this must go and see it, your life will change if you do. A story of love, power and fighting whats right well worth paying for and a really great night. The songs were ingenius and get stuck in tour head but amazing. 5*+++++ a MUST-SEE

Written on September, 30th 2012

Pure Amazement

The show was awesome. Myself and my twwo sisters went to see the play, the actors were all talented. I would like to go and see the play again just to make sure that I did not miss anything.

Written on September, 17th 2012

The most beautiful adaptation I've ever seen!

I went to see WICKED on 7/28/12 8pm with my 12 year-old daughter. It was her birthday and she has been asking me to see this show for a awhile. Wish granted! We had a good time and I wouldn't mind seeing it again. I was in tears in the final first act DEFYING GRAVITY. Ms Donna Vivino has a spectacular voice as Elphaba and Chandra Lee Schwartz was wonderful as Galinda the good witch. No I'm a big fan of WICKED.

Written on July, 30th 2012

Amazing, amazing show.

We just came back from the Wednesday 8:00 performance, and I'm still exploding from so many emotions. The show was literally incredible. From the first dancing monkey to the very last scene where Fiyero puts the hat onto Elphaba, I was spell bound (pun not intended).

First of all, the score is fantastic. If you're a Wicked fan, you know that already. It's a great blend of powerful belt, slow ballads, and those top soprano notes that you can barely comprehend. The harmony flows effortlessly into the counter-melodies, and the orchestra has the perfect balance with the actors' voices.

And the lines are everything from hilarious to tear invoking. Some of the deliveries we saw tonight had me laughing out loud (thank Galinda for that). Others made me take a deep breath and remind myself that these weren't real situations...that last scene is a hard one to get through without shedding at least a few tears.

Jackie Burns is an extremely talented vocalist. Her belts on Defying Gravity and No Good Deed were awe inspiring. She has a way of making her voice pierce your emotions, and the slower song, I'm Not That Girl, was incredible. While some of her first lines seemed a little awkward in their delivery, by Scene 3 they were great. Especially in Act 2, the way she presented the lines had their own, original flair, playing more to the sensitive emotions of the audience.

Chandra Lee Schwartz also did an excellent job. Her top soprano notes came out perfectly from the very beginning, and her lines were greatly amusing. The Popular sequence was done in such a new way that it had my on the edge of my seat, even after having seen that song performed many a time. She was a hilarious, hilarious actress.

All actors had great chemistry on stage, especially Fiyero and Elphaba. Elphaba and Galinda also had a very realistic friendship.

I would definitely recommend this show to almost anyone. It's amazing.

Written on June, 27th 2012

I Loved Wicked

I loved Wicked, it had me mesmerized the entire time. I'm often as cold as ice, but I came very close to tears towards the end. Amazing show, great acting, costumes, songs, effects! It's extremely entertaining, do not miss it!

Written on June, 12th 2012

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