If you’re a theater buff or even just a casual fan, you’ve probably heard of WICKED. This Broadway sensation has been captivating audiences for nearly two decades and shows no signs of slowing down. It is returning to Houston’s Hobby Center as part of the Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center 2022-2023 Season. With its thrilling score, captivating story, and stunning visuals, WICKED has become a cultural phenomenon and a must-see for anyone who loves musical theater.

The story of WICKED takes place in the Land of Oz, but it’s not the story you’re used to. Instead, it follows the journey of two young women: Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin and a fiery spirit, and Glinda, a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular. The two initially clash, but their rivalry eventually turns into an unlikely friendship. However, when the world decides to label one of them “good” and the other “wicked,” their bond is put to the test.

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The musical is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello directs the production, with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento. WICKED is produced by a team of industry heavyweights, including Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.


What makes WICKED truly remarkable is its ability to tackle complex themes in a way that is accessible to audiences of all ages. The show explores the nature of good and evil, the dangers of conformity, and the power of friendship. These themes are all woven into a larger narrative that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Of course, one of the most impressive aspects of WICKED is its music. The show features a thrilling score that includes hits like “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and “For Good.” These songs have become anthems for a generation of theatergoers and have helped to cement WICKED’s status as a cultural touchstone.

Since its debut in 2003, WICKED has become one of the most successful musicals of all time. It is currently the fifth-longest-running show in Broadway history, and it has won over 100 international awards, including three Tony Awards and a Grammy Award. The musical has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries, and it has been translated into six languages.

Perhaps most impressive of all, WICKED has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide and has amassed over $5 billion in global sales. Its impact on the world of theater cannot be overstated, and its enduring popularity is a testament to the power of great storytelling.

If you’re a fan of musical theater, WICKED is a show that you simply can’t miss. Its captivating story, stunning visuals, and unforgettable music make it a must-see for anyone who loves the theater. When it returns to Houston’s Hobby Center in May 2023, don’t miss your chance to experience this Broadway sensation for yourself.

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