Fly away to a land beyond the yellow brick road!
Wicked, the Musical, is the very start of the history of the land of Oz! Come and see how it all began, for everything is not as it seems in the land of Oz. Wicked is a story of friendship and betrayal, alliance and rivalry, a story of how things could have been so, so different. A tale of how two young girls could change so much in themselves, and the land beyond. So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.
Welcome to Gershwin Theatre New York, New York the home of Wicked the blockbuster Musical since 2003! Come and meet the stars of the show, here’s a young woman, Elphaba played by Hannah Corneau, born with emerald green skin, she’s smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. Next we have the exceptionally popular Galinda played by Ginna Claire Mason, she’s a good looking blonde with a bubbly personality. Their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
“A cultural Phenomenon” – Variety
“Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster” – The New York Times
The story of Wicked really begins, before the famous Dorothy and the land of Oz, with the young Elphaba and Galinda at Shiz University, and how their rivalry turns into an unlikely friendship, with both girls joining the same sorcery class and both fall in love with the Winkle Prince Fiyero Tigelaar, played by Kyle Dean Massey. The Girls go off to meet the Wizard of Oz, played by Michael McCormick, Oh the wonderful Wizard of OZ, only to discover that he is a fraud and not a wizard at all. Elphaba runs away, prompting the Wizard and Madame Morrible, played by Nancy Opel, to spread a rumour that she is a Wicked Witch. Branded the Wicked Witch of The West, Elphaba finds herself now opposed to Galinda, who has been re-named Glinda The Good Witch and defender of Oz against The Wicked Witch of The West.
There’s a lot to this show, I can’t tell you all of it, or what would be the point of coming to see it? But here’s a taste of the chaos that surrounds Elphaba and Galinda; through a series of mishaps, misunderstandings and mischief Elphaba’s sister is turned into the Wicked Witch of The East and creates the Tin Man, we meet some flying monkeys. Glinda meanwhile unexpectedly becomes engaged to Fiyero, realises that all her dreams have come true, but at a huge cost. Fiyero switches sides and joins Elphaba, there’s a hostage situation, and he meets an unfortunate end, but does he really? The towns people go on a witch hunt and march on Kiamo Ko, Elphaba’s home. Elphaba’s sister dies, and we finally meet Dorothy and find out just how she got those amazing red slippers! Elphaba concocts a plan to destroy her enemies and leaves with the scarecrow… wait? How did we get a scarecrow? Come along to watch the show and find out. Witness the drama, the intrigue, the misunderstandings and the classic tale of friendship and identity and discover more about the iconic characters!
Wicked celebrated its tenth anniversary on Broadway on October 30, 2013. On July 12, 2018, with its 6,138th performance, it surpassed A Chorus Line to become Broadway’s sixth-longest running show. In March 2016, Wicked surpassed $1 billion in total Broadway revenue, joining both The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King as the only Broadway shows to do so. In July 2017, Wicked surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as Broadway’s second-highest grossing musical, trailing only The Lion King. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has a score by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, and direction by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.
The show runs 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
Please arrive no later than 20 minutes before the start of the performance for security; all bags are inspected upon arrival.
Luggage, shopping bags and other large packages will not be checked or allowed inside.
Photography or recording of any kind during the performance is strictly prohibited.
Children under 5 will not be permitted in the theatre; all patrons, regardless of age, need a ticket.
The Gershwin Theatre offers soft drinks, water, cocktails and candy 45 minutes before the show and during intermission. Bars are located on the front orchestra and mezzanine levels. Visit the bar before the show to pre-order your intermission drinks! Please note, outside food and beverages are not allowed.
Wicked merchandise is available in the upper lobby 45 minutes before show time, during intermission, immediately after the show.
Audio translations are available in seven languages, for a small fee. Just go to the second-floor stand located across from the bar on the house-right side.
Wicked Broadway Reviews:
“ With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” Wicked has been hailed by as “the defining musical of the decade. ”The New York Times
“If every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.”Time Magazine
“Musicals are like Marmite, you either like them or you don’t. Or so they say. If, like me, you were once fairly indifferent to musicals, I dare you to see Wicked. I bet it will change your mind. With over 100 major international awards under its pointed hat, it’s sure to be a magical experience for everyone.”Emmie Harrison, Entertainment Focus March 2019