Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
Wicked is a world-famous Broadway musical that features the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, based on the book by Winnie Holzman. The show’s music and lyrics are by the legendary Stephen Schwartz.
Wicked celebrated its 10th anniversary on Broadway on October 2013. The show marked its place in history on December 4, 2016 when it passed Beauty and the Beast to secure the spot as the ninth longest-running show on Broadway. Wicked had been performed 5,462 times at that point.
The production is the second-highest grossing Broadway show behind only The Lion King,surpassing $1 billion in revenue on March 2016. The show surpassed The Phantom of the Opera on July 2017 in terms of revenue.
Wicked is touring with shows in Philadelphia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico and Indiana between July 26, 2017 and October 28, 2018.
Purchasing tickets for the show is difficult, as tickets sell out fast. There are early access tickets available, too.
Wicked’s performance is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, with a 20-minute intermission to allow guests to stretch their legs. The show is recommended for kids aged 8 and up, and regardless of age, tickets are required for all guests.
Wicked’s performance tells a different story from a different angle than what most people know from Oz.
The show features a woman born with beautiful emerald-green skin that has extraordinary talent. Misunderstood and passionate, she meets a beautiful blonde who starts off as a rival. The two rivals will form a friendship that lasts a lifetime during the show.
Everything changes when the world pits the two friends against each other. The emerald-green–skinned witch is called wicked, while the blonde is called good, setting the night’s events in motion.
The show is called “magical,” with many critics stating that the show has “heart and courage.”
Heavily thematic in style, Schwartz has integrated traditional music scores and film scores into the production. There are two musical themes that play throughout the score, with Schwartz being cautious to ensure that motifs and melodies from earlier works aren’t used in the performance.
Wicked’s mark on Broadway has been felt around the world, with the play being adapted and performed in front of thousands of crowds. The success of the show has led to features in pop culture, television and programs, with no sign of the show’s popularity slowing down.
Wicked remains a magical performance that very few can rival in both story, music and visuals.