WHEN myself and my colleague got the fantastic opportunity to go and see Wicked in London we jumped at the chance as we knew this was an iconic show.
Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked charts the journey of the witches of Oz, Elphaba and Glinda, from their early days as rival sorcery students to them developing an unlikely but lovable friendship, before ultimately being ascribed the monikers of Wicked and Good.
Wicked’s success has a lot to do with originality and playfulness; it’s a prequel to the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and gives more depth to well-known characters.
The Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, is a misunderstood young girl who was born with bright green skin and turns into the show’s unexpected heroine. Whereas Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, starts out as a spoilt blonde brat and learns her compassion from Elphaba.
The Wizard’s fascist government succeeds in convincing everyone that talking Animals are the cause of all their woes and begins stripping away their civil liberties.
When Elphaba rises up against the oppressive regime, she is the victim of a tactical smear campaign that culminates in Dorothy and her entourage being offered a reward for her murder.
Glinda and Elphaba relationship and ultimate friendship forms the heart of the show. It was dramatic, high drama and entertaining throughout.
The songs were big and captivated the audience; as you would expect from a West End Show that has been running since 2006.
The Act 1 finale, Defying Gravity is a powerful, hard hitting song. It is a truly eccentric show, which over the years has won many awards.
Wicked is currently running at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.
Details on the show, performance dates and times can be found on their website www.wickedthemusical.co.uk where you can also book tickets.
Alternatively you can call the box office on 0844 871 3001.