Wicked first premiered on Broadway in 2003 at the Gershwin Theatre. It won three Tony Awards including Best Actress in a Musical for Idina Menzel. It ran at the Oriental Theatre (now named The Nederlander Theatre) from June 24, 2005 until January 25, 2009. It returned for limited runs in 2010 and 2013. A film version is in preproduction to be released in 2024. And now, in September of 2022, it opens back at the Nederlander Theatre.
At the entrance of Nederlander, you are immediately reminded of the effect this storyline continues to bring to audiences of all ages throughout the years as fans are handed green “I’ve Seen Wicked __ Times!” pins with a wide range in numbers as they eagerly enter the theatre. As you glance around, you see friends, couples, families, children, and grandparents, all present to witness the magical power of this spectacular theatrical production.
Wicked presents the history of the witches of Oz. The plot begins back in school when Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (Glinda The Good Witch) are assigned as roommates. The story unfolds and we learn about Elphaba’s early family dynamic and the various factors that unite and separate the bond between Elphaba and Galinda, including a mutual attraction toward Fiyero, the newest student at the school. Also, the origin of the Tin Man, Straw Man, and the Cowardly Lion are explored.
The cast in this production truly bared their hearts into these characters and the story which resonated with the audience members as you heard various emotions throughout the evening. Lissa Deguzman was captivating in her performance as Elphaba who displays such a deep and caring nature to her personality and fights for what she believes in. Jennafer Newberry was vibrant and full of life portraying Gilda in a hilarious fashion that kept the audience entertained the entire night. Jordan Litz, who played Fiyero, beautifully executed his role supporting the good fight and following his heart.
Along with the storyline, the music and visuals in this production is what keeps fans coming back for years to come. “Defying Gravity” is a true showstopper towards the end of the first act. The singing is incredible along with the lighting as Elphaba flys high above the stage. It left both adults and children in awe! During intermission, fans were heard discussing the characters, their purpose, and counting down till the second act. It is a must see!
Get tickets now for Wicked through December 4th!
Cost of a ticket: $25 (Digital Lottery) to $277 (Premium Seats)
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Exceptional Value (Lottery)
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother