Update: Due to the popularity of this blog post, I turned this review into a short e-Book in April 2022, providing more detail and insight into Wicked the Musical from a Christian perspective. To learn more or order your copy, click here
DISCLAIMER: I come to write this review with much prayer and careful thought, as I know that there are varying opinions about this musical within Christian circles. As much as I enjoy the music and the plot of Wicked, I know that some Christians believe we shouldn’t see the play because it’s about witches and magic.
If you have specific concerns related to this issue, I would encourage you to skip to the section “The Line Between Magic and Magick is Not Super Clear” under "Other Negative Elements" before coming back to the beginning here to read the rest of this review.
I believe that they are some strong lessons within this play that need to be explored within a Christian context, since I personally have not found a Christian review on this musical. My intention in doing this is providing a reference for discernment, whether you have seen the play or not. It is not to prove my opinion right. Although I do hope than some of you will come to see that there is more to the plot of this play than witches.
If you still disagree with me after fully reading this review, that’s fine, but please state your opinions in a kind, respectful way. Thank you
It was one the most fun memories I have from my first year of college when I got to see Wicked the Musical for the first time. The day before Thanksgiving Break of my first semester at Ozark Christian College in 2009, a group of about twenty of us (give or take a few) carpooled to Kansas City, KS (about 3 hours from Joplin) to go see the show together. I had never seen a Broadway level production before and I was so excited. My excitement only increased as I watched the play and was amazed by the quality of the production. Plus, I was with some of the girls that became my dearest friends at Ozark. After the show was over, we didn’t get back to campus until after 2am, but we were listening to the Wicked soundtrack the whole way home. It was so much fun!
A little over a year later, I had the chance to see Wicked again. This time, it was in Chicago and I was with two of my best friends from high school. All three of us had seen Wicked once before and wanted to see it again, so we went into the city together for the evening during our Christmas break that year (2010). I was so grateful to do that with those girls especially. We had a blast!
Part of my love for this musical is the fond memories I have of these experiences of getting to see it, as well as countless memories of enjoying its music at other times with other friends. But one of the other reasons I enjoy it so much is that I love the questions it poses about wickedness, justice, and friendship. Even though I don’t agree with everything in this play, I believe there is much to be learned if we take the time to look a little deeper into the message this play is trying to convey. These are the morals or lessons that the plot of Wicked teaches, and a Christian perspective on each one:
No One Mourns the Wicked (But We Should)
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Bethel Grove is a Christian author, book reviewer, and book launcher. A graduate of Ozark Christian College, she is trained in biblical hermeneutics (how to interpret Scripture) and practical ministry. She has written seven self-published titles, published dozens of Christian book reviews, and been involved in over a dozen Christian book launches, both as a team member and a leader. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, and mentoring younger women. She hopes to someday be a vocational youth minister.
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