You’re going to see Wicked at the Gershwin Theater and you need to know where to get a drink afterward? No problem! We’ve got just the right post-theater bar for a toast to Oz, its creator and characters.
The Show: The smash musical that tells the other side of the Wizard of Oz story has been running on Broadway for 11 years. It explores the friendship between popular Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and eccentric Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, one-time roommates at Shiz University. It also tells the story behind some of the other familiar characters from Oz, such as how the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion came to be. Wicked brought home three Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 2003.
The Bar: The Wizard of Oz has a long history on the Great White Way, well before the famous 1939 musical film. Author L. Frank Baum’s work was first turned into a musical that debuted on Broadway in 1903. A huge hit, it ran at the New Majestic Theater, which then sat at 5 Columbus Circle, the current site of the Time Warner Center today. So why not toast the original and its creator at The TWC’s Center Bar? It has an exhaustive list of quality cocktails, small plates by super-chef Michael Lomonaco and a view that will send you over the rainbow.
What to Drink: You’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore after a sip of the Champagne cocktail called The Dorothy: a combo of Moet, apple, cranberry and bitters ($17).