When The Wizard of Oz was first released in 1939, who could have guessed that 80 years later, a play based on it would still be entertaining people in the U.S. from coast to coast and all over the world? But that’s exactly what has happened with the musical Wicked, which was composed by Stephen Schwartz. Over 15 years after its debut, Wicked is still being performed on Broadway and all over the world.
From Book to Stage
While many connect Wicked to The Wizard of Oz, the play itself is not based on the original movie but rather a book ]called Wicked by Gregory Maguire that was published in 1995. Maguire’s book can be considered an alternative version of the classic story of Dorothy in the land of Oz that explores the relationship between good and evil in a far more mature manner. In other words, unlike The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is not for kids.
Instead of focusing on Dorothy and her friends, Maguire’s novel takes us to Oz before her arrival, focusing on the relationship between Elphaba, who we know as the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. But the script from Schwartz takes things to another level, entertaining the audience with a captivating plot and incredible songs while also forcing them to be introspective about good, evil, and a person’s intentions. The result is a musical that won three Tony Awards, a Grammy, and is selling out theaters years after the original cast members left the production.
In addition to offering compelling characters and a story that remains familiar to audiences, Wicked tickets have remained in high demand in large part because of the music. There are over 20 musical numbers throughout the show, including unforgettable favorites like “The Wizard and I,” “No Good Deed,” and “Defying Gravity.” Every song adds something special to the musical and adds to the themes the material covers. Schwartz didn’t set out to compose Wicked as if it were just another musical, and it shows. It’s something special and arguably one of the best musicals of all-time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are Wicked tickets?
That’s a loaded question! Wicked ticket prices will differ depending on the source and the seats. The best price for Wicked tickets is usually around $60 a ticket, and that’s for nosebleed seats! If you want floor seats – or if you’re shopping for tickets at a popular venue – you could easily be looking at a few hundred dollars more.
How to buy Wicked tickets?
With demand for the shows at a peak, Wicked ticket prices are going to be pretty high if purchased directly from the box office. That means the best way to buy cheap Wicked tickets is online through a ticket marketplace.
Ticket marketplaces like Gametime are perfect for these types of shows because they put you in contact with resellers looking to move seats at a relative bargain. It’s the safest and most affordable way to get the best price for your Wicked tickets.
Is Wicked coming to a city near me?
If you live in Canada or the lower 48, there’s a good chance that Wicked is coming to a city near you! In fact, the tour is headed pretty much everywhere. Wicked show tickets are available for New York, New Orleans and many other cities across North America and Canada. Check out the full tour schedule below and browse the Gametime inventory for Wicked Tour 2019 tickets in a city near you.
Will Wicked perform in 2019?
You bet they will. The tour is on and goes all the way through January 2021.
How long is Wicked?
The expected running time of Wicked is around 2 hours and 45 minutes, with one intermission.
Wicked Tour Dates
- August 14 - September 8 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Center For The Performing Arts
- September 11-29 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center
- October 2-20 - New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre (LA)
- October 23 - November 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
- November 20 - December 1 - Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theatre at Times Union Center
- December 4-29 - St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre - St. Louis
- January 1-19, 2020 - Little Rock, AR @ Robinson Center Music Hall
- January 22 - February 9, 2020 - Columbia, SC @ Koger Center For The Arts
- February 12 - March 8, 2020 - Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome Theatre
- March 11-29, 2020 - Madison, WI @ Overture Center
- April 1-19, 2020 - East Lansing, MI @ Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
- April 22 - May 17, 2020 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio Theatre
- May 20-31, 2020 - Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
- June 3-14, 2020 - Richmond, VA @ Altria Theater
- June 17 - July 5, 2020 - Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center
- July 9-26, 2020 - Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- July 27 - August 9, 2020 - Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- August 12-22, 2020 - Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- November 18 - December 6, 2020 - Greensboro, NC @ Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
- December 9 - January 10, 2020 -2021 - Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium