Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the best availability for Wicked Tickets at the Gershwin Theater?
A. As with most Broadway shows, weeknights are better than weekend shows. Last minute tickets are also difficult to come by, so planning in the future is better. However, we have access to secondary ticket markets, so there is usually a good chance you can score the tickets for the show you want.
Q. Can I take my kids?
A. The show is recommended for ages 8 and up. Please don’t bring children under the age of 4.
Q. Where should I sit to insure the best view?
A. To see the faces of the actors, try to get seats in Row B through Row Q. Front rows of the Mezzanine can also have a good view.
Q. How Long is the Running Time?
A. The running time is 2 hrs and 45 minutes. The 1st act is 90 minutes, after which there is a 15 minute intermission.
Q. What if I am hard of hearing?
A. The are devices for the hard of hearing available for free in the lobby of the theater.
Q. Are there standing room tickets available?
A. Unfortunately no, there is no designated standing room available in the Gershwin Theater.
Q. When should I arrive at the theater?
A. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime. Doors open 45 minutes before the scheduled show time.
About Wicked the Musical
Wicked the Musical started playing at the Gershwin Theatre in 2003 and has been one of the most successful Broadway Musicals in history. Currently the 10th longest running musical in Broadway history, Wicked has played over 5,000 shows since it’s launch.
The original cast won 3 tony awards and included soon-to-be celebrity Idina Menzel. With music written by Stephen Schwartz the play is based on a 1995 book, “Wicked, the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” written by Winnie Holzman. The book is an alternate telling of the backstory of Frank Baum’s legendary “Wizard of Oz”, and focuses on the history of the Elphaba (eventually know as the infamous Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good.
Interweaving the storyline with the original Wizard of Oz plot (starting before Dorothy’s arrival and continuing on after her departure) the show provides an interesting look into an alternate telling of the classic drama.
The massive success of the show has given rise to several different productions, both in the US and Internationally. It has proceeded to break box-office records all throughout the world, and continues to be one of the most popular musicals on Broadway today. Visitors and tourists visiting NYC flock to the box-office and TKTS to get their hands on the prized seats for each show.
The Gershwin Theatre
The Gershwin Theatre has been the home of Wicked since 2003, but it’s history dates back to 1972 when it first opened. Originally called the “Uris” the theater was named for composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin (brothers) in 1983. The theater is home to the Theater Hall of Fame, displaying many of Broadway greats in it’s rotunda. Owned by the Nederland Organization, it is one of a family of 9 theaters around the world that share that distinction.
Being one of the most historic theaters on Broadway, the Gershwin is a perfect home for Wicked, as it is quickly becoming a classic to be enjoyed for years to come. Already past it’s 10th anniversary, it shows no signs of slowing down, as tickets sell out each week, almost like clockwork.
Reviews of the Musical
Wicked has received rave reviews from both professional theater critics and theater fans/attendees as well. We’ve put together a short summary of some of the pertinent reviews below. You can view a full archive of all our collected reviews on our Reviews page.
“Winnie Holzman … provides a libretto that juggles winning irreverence with thoughtfulness and heart.” – USA Today
“Like very few other shows now on Broadway, it has a beautiful, soaring pop score by Stephen Schwartz. And it has Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, Tony Award-worthy stars who carry the show to glory.” -Barbara and Scott Siegel, TheaterMania
“Wicked wonderful beyond belief. Not since Ariel sang her first song in The Little Mermaid has there been such a bolt-of-lightning moment” – Peter Filichia, TheaterMania