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 Witch. 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.

SHOULD I SEE IT?

What is Wicked Like?
Visually stunning, Wicked boasts a soaring score from Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pocahontas), Tony Award winning sets and costumes and some of the most gravity defying moments playing currently on The Great White Way. Though the dark show may be the antithesis of the bubbly, Technicolor Judy Garland film, its touching story and engaging characters make it one you won’t want to miss.

Is Wicked Good for Kids?
While not nearly as tot-friendly as the 1939 flick, Wicked steers clear of bad language and adult or sexual situations. A few creepy encounters with flying monkeys, allusions to offstage violence and the death of a character may be a bit too much for your youngest viewers, but the show has broken ticket selling records by offering fun generally fit for the whole family.

Gershwin Theatre
222 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019-6202
(212) 586-6510
www.gershwintheatre.com

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