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Wicked The Musical
Member Name: devongirlie
Wicked The Musical
Advantages: great songs, fantastic sets, very clever script
I have seen this musical twice now and will be going again before the year is out (yes I know its only just started - but these things have to be planned you know!) It is, without a doubt - the best musical I've seen, easily outstripping Michael Crawford in the original Phantom, and just about beating live performances of The Rocky Horror Show (not the film, thats rubbish).
It tells the story of the witches from the Wizard of Oz, but it isn't necessary to know the story of the film to enjoy this show. I took my seven year old daughter, she loved it and she hadn't seen the film at the time.
The overall theme of the show is 'are we born wicked, or do we have wickedness thrust upon us?' Running along with this is the theme of friendship and how far we are willing to go to protect it, and it is also a tale of Spin and how it can be used politically to protect oneself.
We are first introduced to Elphaba, the soon to be Wicked Witch of the West, as a baby who is born green. The action then soon moves on to when she and her sister arrive at college and she meets Glinda, who becomes the Good Witch of the North. Of course they hate each other at first sight. Other characters from the film are slowly introduced into the action, although I don't think I'll be giving too much away if I say that you don't ever actually get to see Dorothy. The story then goes on to show us how Elphaba become Wicked.
The show is visually stunning, both the set pieces, the dancing and the singing hit you from the off. Don't be put off by the overly operatic opening song. After that it's all belt-em-out broadway show stoppers. 'Defying Gravity' at the end of the first act will have your hairs standing on end and the end of Act two has me in tears every time because of the sheer beauty of the song.
I've watched it once from the front row of the upper circle and once from about ten rows back in the stalls and I can't decide which I prefer. In the stalls you obviously get a better view of the actors faces, but you can take more in from the Upper Circle. I have to say I preferred the performance of the actress who played Elphaba from the Upper Circle. I don't know if I got her on a bad night in the Stalls performance, but she grinned in a mocking way through many of her lines and I felt this detracted somewhat from the seriousness of the story.
After the first performance my eldest daughter made me rush straight out and buy the soundtrack. We played it very loudly in car for months afterwards, much to the annoyance of my husband, who had not seen the show and therefore did not apprieciate the story behind what he believed to be just noise (Men!).
Summary: A must see show.