Wicked Reviews: What the Critics Have to Say

Adam Young | May 25, 2017
What people are saying bout Wicked.
Wicked has become a mainstay in the weekly Broadway top 5 list, maintaining a reputation of excellence long after its 2003 debut. In fact, this week it topped number one — for the second week in a row. So, what’s all the fuss about? Here’s what some of the nation’s critics have to say about the long-running theatrical performance that’s causing fans to buy so many tickets. (Hint: The show is anything but boring, which certainly helps.)

Wicked Reviews


Tampa Bay Times: “This year’s touring stage extravaganza fumes with thigh-high fog, glitters like 10 tons of costume jewelry and screeches with prehistoric monkeys. Welcome to Oz, as envisioned by Wicked, a Broadway musical that sometimes looks like a halftime at the Super Bowl.”

Broadway World: “There is a tendency with a long running tour for the show to run down. This is not the case with Wicked. The ensemble sounds as tight as ever and Wayne Cilento’s choreography still packs a wallop. “One Short Day” is a prime example.”

Northeast Public Radio: “Wicked is one of those Broadway musicals that lives up to its hype. It’s a big, flashy show that tells an intriguing and clever story. It doesn’t have a score filled with commercial hits, but there are several individual numbers – like “Popular” and “Defying Gravity” that bore worm holes in your brain and will stay there for days.”

Rochester City Newspaper: “When a musical becomes as popular as “Wicked” has become, it’s important audiences have a consistent experience. The national tour of “Wicked,” overall, is one that remains true to its Broadway roots, even from hundreds of miles away. This is the beauty of touring productions: when the shows are good, they make wonderful stories and experiences possible for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.”

The Top 10


If there’s one thing Wicked reviews have in common, it’s there really is a reason Wicked continues to be a fan favorite — even after all these years.

What other Broadway shows topped the charts this week? Here’s a look at the top 10 Broadway musicals for the week, based on tickets sold:

Wicked
Aladdin
The Lion King
Phantom of the Opera
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hamilton
Hello, Dolly!
Anastasia
The Great Comet of 1812
The Book of Mormon

Interested in checking out other Broadway performances? Check out our full list and find the tickets that are right for you!
Sat
Sep 22, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Sep 22, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Sep 23, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Chapman Music Hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Tulsa, OK
Sun
Sep 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Sep 23, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Chapman Music Hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Tulsa, OK
Sun
Sep 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Sep 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Sep 26, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Sep 26, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Thu
Sep 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Thu
Sep 27, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Sep 27, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Sep 28, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Sep 28, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Sep 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Sep 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Sep 29, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Sep 29, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Sep 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sun
Sep 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Sep 30, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Sep 30, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Tue
Oct 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 2, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Wed
Oct 3, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 3, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Thu
Oct 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 4, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 5, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 5, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Oct 6, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 7, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Tue
Oct 9, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 9, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Wed
Oct 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 10, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Thu
Oct 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 11, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 12, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Fri
Oct 12, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 13, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sun
Oct 14, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 14, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Sun
Oct 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 14, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Tue
Oct 16, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 17, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 17, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Thu
Oct 18, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Thu
Oct 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 18, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Fri
Oct 19, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Oct 19, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 20, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sun
Oct 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 23, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Wed
Oct 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 24, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 24, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Thu
Oct 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Oct 25, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Fri
Oct 26, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Oct 26, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 28, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Sun
Oct 28, 2018
3:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Oct 28, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Popejoy Hall
Albuquerque, NM
Mon
Oct 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Oct 30, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Oct 31, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Thu
Nov 1, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Thu
Nov 1, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Nov 1, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 2, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 2, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 3, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Nov 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Tue
Nov 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Thu
Nov 8, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Nov 8, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 9, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 9, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 10, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 10, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 10, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 10, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 11, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 11, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 11, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Nov 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Tue
Nov 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 14, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 14, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Thu
Nov 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Nov 15, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 16, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 16, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 17, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 18, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 18, 2018
3:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 18, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Mon
Nov 19, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Tue
Nov 20, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Tue
Nov 20, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 21, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Wed
Nov 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Fri
Nov 23, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
7:30 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sat
Nov 24, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Nov 25, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Sun
Nov 25, 2018
3:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Nov 27, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 28, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Nov 28, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Nov 29, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Nov 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Nov 29, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri
Nov 30, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Fri
Nov 30, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 1, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 4, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 4, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Wed
Dec 5, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Dec 5, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Dec 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Dec 6, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri
Dec 7, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri
Dec 7, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sat
Dec 8, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
1:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
2:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
6:30 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sun
Dec 9, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Tue
Dec 11, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Wed
Dec 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Wed
Dec 12, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Thu
Dec 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Wicked
Gershwin Theatre
New York, NY
Thu
Dec 13, 2018
8:00 PM
Wicked
Pantages Theatre - CA
Los Angeles, CA
Fri