“Wicked” – The Musical
Last night I went to the Victoria Apollo Theatre to see “Wicked”, the award winning musical which has been taking the theatrical world by storm. I had heard much about the show and how so many people raved about it but didn’t really have much concept of what it was all about. Essentially the show tells the story of the witches of “Oz” and their development into the characters we see in the classic 1939 film. However, whereas the film has very two dimensional characters which are essentially good or bad, the musical shows those characters in a much more nuanced light.
The wicked witch of the west is a troubled individual who has tried to fit in and do good but been spurned and hurt by those around her. Glinda the good witch of the north is a ditzy blonde who just wants to be popular. The show tells the tale of how they grow up and go to school together. It weaves in the wizard who is similar to his film persona but also explains how the tin man, lion and scarecrow are created. There is a major twist in the plot at the end which I won’t spoil for anyone who has yet to see the show but it took me by surprise!
The performances were superb, the staging and costumes were fabulous and at times the whole theatre seemed to be part of the set. The flying monkeys were well portrayed and there were several real “wow” moments such as “Defying Gravity” when the witch of the west rises above the rest of the cast without any visible means of support.
I enjoyed it from start to finish and can recommend the show to anyone who has enjoyed the film in the past or who likes spectacular shows. One warning though, it will change your perspective on the film for ever!
I hope to go back and see the show again some day soon.