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Wicked Musical in Broadway NYC: everything you need to know about the show

If one of your plans in New York is to go to Broadway, one of the best musicals you can see is Wicked. A fascinating story that will take you to the land of the wizard of Oz in its origins. I'll tell you everything you should know so you don't miss this wonderful and popular musical.

Cecilia Gaitán

Cecilia Gaitán

8 min read

Wicked Musical in Broadway NYC: everything you need to know about the show

Scene from Wicked | ©Broadway

Premiered in 2003, Wicked is already considered a legend and one of the best musicals in history and of course, on Broadway. It is based on Gregory Maguire's novel "Wicked: Memoirs of a Witch" and is the prequel to the famous story of the Wizard of Oz.

This musical is a complete work of art. Not only is the story engaging, but the songs are gripping, the costumes are a marvel, and the set design is wordless - Wicked will cast a spell on you as soon as the curtain opens!

How to get tickets to see Wicked on Broadway

Wicked tickets| ©Phill Gold
Wicked tickets| ©Phill Gold

The best way (and almost the only way) to get tickets to see Wicked is online and in advance. If you wait to buy them at the box office, I'll be honest, it is difficult to get a seat, let alone from a good location.

Wicked is one of the most seen musicals in the Big Apple, with box office records. And although it is performed 8 times a week and in the largest theater on Broadway, getting tickets is not something you can leave to improvisation. You only need to take a walk through the New York subway to see it full of posters announcing Wicked as one of the main musicals that can be seen in the Big Apple and that after years in the spotlight.

If you are already planning what to see and do in New York and you don't want to miss the opportunity to see this musical, I recommend you to secure your tickets in advance through the internet.

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How much do tickets for Wicked on Broadway cost?

Ticket advertisement to buy tickets to the Musical| ©Mack Male
Ticket advertisement to buy tickets to the Musical| ©Mack Male

The cheapest tickets to see Wicked are around 100 € approximately and from there on, depending on the location of course, you can pay the most expensive ones between 150 € to 230 €. In any case, I want you to keep in mind that these are the usual prices you will find for any Broadway musical, but the experience is worth it.

Estimated prices according to location

For your consideration, the Gershwin Theatre is divided into the following zones and approximate price ranges:

  • Orchestra: this is like the stalls, the area where the best seats are (including premium seats) | 130 € to 250 €.
  • Orchestra Stadium: 110 € to 130 €.
  • Front Mezzanine: 130 € to 150 €.
  • Middle Mezzanine | 100 € to 120 €
  • Rear Mezzanine | 100 € to 120 €

Information of interest:

There are no reduced prices for minors or seniors. There are tickets for students with a price of around 60 €, but they can only be purchased at the box office, presenting the relevant documentation and will be subject to availability and are not valid for any function.

Compared to other popular Broadway musicals such as Hamilton or The Lion King, Wicked is quite reasonably priced. So if you want to treat yourself and enjoy Broadway at its best, Wicked is a good option for you to choose a good location.

Ceci's Traveller Tip

The Gershwin Theater is one of the largest on Broadway. So if you don't want to spend a lot on front row tickets, I suggest you look in the center Mezzanine section, so you will have assured visibility of the show, at an affordable price.

What to expect from Wicked on Broadway

Wicked on Broadway Musical Opening| ©Alan Light
Wicked on Broadway Musical Opening| ©Alan Light

Wicked is a musical that appeals to all audiences. It tells the story of two apprentice witches, very different from each other. Elphaba, green-skinned, temperamental and intelligent, but marginalized and looking for her place in the world. And Glinda, a striking blonde, charismatic and above all, very popular.

The story focuses on the differences that condition them so much and, at the same time, lead them to a beautiful and fraternal friendship. However, a series of events will turn one into the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba) and the other into the Good Witch (Glinda).

It is true that the story is gripping, but the truth is that it would be nothing without the staging that recreates the spectacular world of Oz and the beautifully designed and crafted costumes. Well, well...and what about the music and the voices of the cast, which will give you goose bumps and leave you singing the songs for a long time afterwards.

Wicked is a musical that lives up to the theme, as it is pure magic. And that led it to win three Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards and no less than a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, for its album produced in 2003.

Still wondering what to expect from Wicked? pure excitement!

Wicked on Broadway Musical Schedule and Duration

Wicked performance map of Oz| ©Gloria Bell
Wicked performance map of Oz| ©Gloria Bell

Wicked has 8 performances per week, but be aware that there is one day a week when there is no performance (a well-deserved break for the actors!). Check that it doesn't coincide with the day you want to go. The days off on Broadway are usually Mondays, but depending on the week it may also be another day.

Show times also depend on the day and can be:

  • 14:00 hours
  • 15:00 hours
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 20:00 hours

Some days there are two performances per day, others, only one performance.

How long is the show?

The musical lasts 2 hours 45 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.
Please note that once the show begins, no entrance to the theater is allowed. Therefore, the doors open 45 minutes before the performance and the public is requested to arrive 15 minutes before.

What theater is Wicked on Broadway playing at?

The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway sign| ©BroadwayTour
The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway sign| ©BroadwayTour

Wicked is performed at the Gershwin Theatrer, located at 222 West 51st Street, New York.

The Gershwin Theatrer seats 1933 people and is the largest capacity theater on Broadway and has been hosting Wicked continuously since 2003.

How do I get to the Gershwin Theatre?

You can get there by subway with lines 1 and 2 or lines A, C and E (50 St. Station) and you will be about 2 minutes away from the theater. Or you can also walk from Times Square, as it is only 5 minutes away.

Can I see Wicked on Broadway with children, and is this show suitable for children?

Waiting to see the show| ©Todd Baker
Waiting to see the show| ©Todd Baker

The recommended age to see Wicked is from 8 years old and of course, with a ticket. In fact, the theater does not allow children under 5 years old. It is possible that if you remember the movie The Wizard of Oz this may surprise you, but you have to keep in mind that the main character of the musical is the wicked witch and this, added to the sound effects of the theater, could scare the little ones of the house.

So if you were thinking of bringing a little one, take note of this information so that you are not taken by surprise when you arrive. But don't worry, there are plenty of other things to do in New York City with kids.

What level of English do I need to see Wicked on Broadway?

Advertising for Wicked in Time Square| ©Glen Scarborough
Advertising for Wicked in Time Square| ©Glen Scarborough

Wicked is performed entirely in English. But you can rent audioguides in Spanish, directly at the theater box office for 9 €.

Keep in mind that this audio guide service does not translate exactly the musical, but will guide you through the plot with phrases and observations of the show. So, in all honesty, it is not indispensable. It is possible to enjoy the musical perfectly, understand the plot and follow the magic through the songs, beyond the language.

What is the dress code for this Broadway musical?

Souvenir store inside the museum with items from the show| ©Alan Light
Souvenir store inside the museum with items from the show| ©Alan Light

In the case of Wicked, no specific attire is necessary at the time of attendance. Just something comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. However, if you go in summer, I recommend you to bring something warm as the air conditioning and ventilation are on full blast.

Warning! If your visit to New York coincides with a special performance of this musical, you may find people in costume who come to see the show. Come on and be part of this initiative!

Should I have dinner before or after the show, and will the restaurants be open around it?

McDonald's on Broadway| ©Rob Young
McDonald's on Broadway| ©Rob Young

If you are going to one of the afternoon performances (2:00 pm or 3:00 pm), you will have no problem having lunch, snacks, appetizers or dinner, both before and after the show.

But if your show is scheduled for 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., you may find it more difficult to find a place to eat when you leave the theater. Most restaurants are open until 21:00, 22:00 or 23:00.

Anyway, it's New York City, baby! If you have time, if you wander around a bit, you're bound to find some place open. In fact, and as it could not be otherwise in the Big Apple, in front of the theater, there is a McDonald's open until midnight. Any more questions? I leave you this article on Where to eat in New York that will surely be useful.

Why do we recommend this musical?

Advertising for Wicked the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz| ©Broadway
Advertising for Wicked the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz| ©Broadway

If you've made it this far, it's because you've read all that Wicked has to offer as a show. It is an ideal musical for the whole family, with a story to fall in love with and a production and cast that do nothing but honor the art and greatness of Broadway.

The fact that it is one of the most seen musical shows says it all. Wicked is art, it is magic, it is work and it is emotion. The New York Times claims it is "the defining musical of this decade." So I recommend you secure your spot at this spellbinding experience.

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Entrance of the Majestic Theatre where the Phantom of the Opera is performed.| ©Sergio Calleja
Entrance of the Majestic Theatre where the Phantom of the Opera is performed.| ©Sergio Calleja

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