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#5 Wicked Witches
07/11/2023 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost: $104 - $360+
CRITIC’S PICK: Some of you know the songs already: “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” for instance. Time magazine called Wicked “a magical musical with brains, heart, and courage,” while NBC hyperbolically deemed it “the most successful Broadway show ever.” Regardless, the show has racked up some serious audience numbers and plaudits since its debut in 2003. The playwright is Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz; it’s based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which in turn was based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the subsequent classic movie of 1939. Incidentally, a new film adaptation, in two parts, is currently in production, with Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) in the director’s chair; Ariana Grande (as Good Witch Glinda) and Jeff Goldblum (as the Wizard) are among the cast. — Kevin C. Madigan

From the venue:

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz...but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships...until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.” The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.
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