Newest Review: ... whilst Elphaba is misunderstood and bullied because of her different skin colour (which is green). They are known as Glinda the Good W... more
Wicked The Musical
Member Name: loulou129
Wicked The Musical
Date: 23/03/10, updated on 27/03/10 (128 review reads)
Disadvantages: only in the major theatre cities
If you have read any of my other reviews you can probably tell that I love musicals and have been in a few myself. A few years ago I sat down to watch the annual tradition that is BBC's Children In Need only to be greated by two women running around the stage singing to a brilliant song which I found catchy and their costumes looks brilliant with one of the women very, very girly and the other one in black with green skin. I now know that these women were from the Hit musical Wicked and were playing the rols of Glinda (the girly one) the Good and Elphaba (the green one obviously) the Wicked Witch of the West and the song that got me so intreagued in the show was 'What is this Feeling'.
So I shouted my mom and showed her the set on Youtube only to find that she'd already secretly booked tickets for us to go and watch the show as a family as our christmas presents (God I Love my Mom) and so I sat about waiting for that faithful day. I will also add that I went to college the following day and found out that our English department was going down to watch the show 2 weeks after I was due to go with my parents so of course I paid to go on that trip to watch the show twice in two weeks because from what I had seen on CIN the show was something I was going to love!
The musical is based on the best selling novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire who decided that it would be good to look at the Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the witches. The story tell of a relationship between Elphaba the future Wicked Witch of the West and Galinda, who would become Glinda the Good witch of the North.
*** The Theatre***
Upon arrival at the Apollo Victoria theatre in London a huge poster could be seen advertising the show and because it was litterally 2 minutes walk from Victoria station the area was bustling and had a great atmosphere. The theatre opened at 6pm and we went in to get ready for the 7pm show. the whole inside of the theatre was full of merchandising stands and employees wearing the t-shirts and hoodies from the show. The merchandise itself was expensive but i expected nothing else with t-shirts costing £20 and Hoodies costing £40, snowlgobes for each of the witches were £25, programmes were £10 and most shockingly the original novel was on sale for £15 whereas i purchased it at waterstones down the street for £6.50 so be careful what your buying!!! I did however buy a Defying Gravity T-shirt which has lasted brilliantly and the green colour of the shirt has not faded at all with washing.
Upon entering the main theatre the first thing you see from the upper circle is a brilliant dragon suspended from the ceiling which makes you wonder what it will be used for (I was upset that it was only used so the wings would flap, eyes would go red and so it would billow smoke, it seemed much to brilliant a prop just to be used for such a small role). The stage has a somewhat mechanical look with rafters and side walls which the characters use aswell as a bridge all having various cogs on.
Act I starts at the end of the whole show with the death of the Wicked Witch of the West with the song 'Noone Mourns the Wicked'. It goes on to have a villager asking Glinda, who has flown in on a bubble, if she had been friends with the Wicked witch at school and so the story begins. Starting with Elphaba's birth and the difficulty her 'father' had with her being Green and the fact that she may not even be her fathers daughter as her mother had an affair. It then sees Elphaba as a teenager attending Shiz University where her father Frex has put her in charge of looking after her handicapped sister NessaRose. Upno Frex's departure he gives Nessarose some Red Ruby Slippers (See the Links ot the Wizard of Oz??). From Here Elphaba Meets Glinda the popular rich girl and the song 'Dear Old Shiz' Commences. With the headmistress Madame Morrible decidingthat NessaRose should live with her this leaves Glinda and Elphaba as roommates and two more difdferent people could not have been put together. Elphaba accidentaly casts a magic spell (Cue 'The Wizard and I') and discovers she really dislikes Glinda (Cue 'What is This Feeling'). The girls go to their first lesson with Doctor Dillamond a goat who states the 'Something Bad' is happening in Oz. On the Plus side however the dashing Prince Fiyero has arrived at Shiz and helps the cast start 'Dancing Through Life'. A munchkin Boq asks Glinda to the dance but she asks him to take NessaRose so she can go with Fiyero (she doesn't tell him this though). Glinda says sorry and offers to make elphaba 'Popular'.
Dr Dillamond is taken away and a new teacher arrives with a lion in a cage (the cowardly lion) and Elphaba and Fiyero run away with him to help him. They realise they are attracted to each other but Elphaba thinks shes 'Not that Girl' and Fiyero will never want her. However, Elphaba has an audience with the wizard!! YAY and sings a little reprise of 'The Wizard and I'. Elphaba and Glinda go to the Emerald City and spend 'One Short Day' sightseeing before they go to meet the Wizard who is himself 'A Sentimental Man'. But the Wizard is in fact EVIL!! and uses Elphaba's powers to read the Grimmerie a magic book to create the flying monkeys (because the wizard has no powers himself, some wizard hey). Elphaba realises this is wrng and tries to start 'Defying Gravity' herself and fly away leaving Glinda, Fiyero and everyone else behind her as she becomesthe outcast... The Wicked Witch Of the West (Who isn't Wicked afterall).
Elphaba is offiially the Wicked Witch now and the cast sing A 'Noone Mourns The Wicked - Reprise'. Meanwhile Glinda and Fiyero are engaged and Glinda is now Glinda the Good and everyone decides to 'Thank Goodness' that she is there to lead them. Meanwhile Elphaba goes to visit NessaRose and her loyal servant Boq who she is in love with. Boq threaten to leave and Nessa takes the Grimmerie from Elphaba and casts a spell to keep him with her, except it goes wrong (OH NO!) and he turns into , yeah you guessed it, The Tinman! without a heart. Elphaba goes back to the wizard to free the flying monkeys and he thinks its 'Wonderful' that shes come back. But she doesn't want to stay and tries to run away but Fiyero is there to stop her, what will he do?? he runs off with her!!! and GLinda witnesses the whole thing and realises that in fact she is the one thats 'Not that Girl (reprise)'. Fiyero and Elphaba are in the woods and realise that 'As Long As Your Mine' nothing bad will happen for a short time anyway. Elphaba senses that Nessa is in danger but too late as Dorothy's house has already landed on her. Elphaba confronts Glinda for giving Dorothy Nessa'a ruby slippers and the guard come to get her but Fiyero stops them and lets her escape to one of his castles. Here she tries to cast a spell to save his life and realises 'No Good Deed' goes unpunished so she will now become evil!.
Boq and the citizens of Oz are arranging a 'March of The Witch Hunters' to get Elphaba! and this links to the original Wizard of Oz with stories of the tin man and cowardly lion. Elphaba realises that Madame Morrible was behind Nessa's death and glinda realises too. Glinda goes to ask Elphaba to release Dorothy and they relaise they are friends 'For Good'. Elphaba releases Dorothy and she throws a bucket of water on her seemingly melting her.
Glinda returns to the wizard telling him that Elphaba is dead and he tells her that he in fact was Elphaba's father and she was the product of two worlds, Oz and the Normal Earth. Meanwhile the Scarecrow goes back to the castle and opens a trap door to find Elphaba. The Scarecrow was in fact Fiyero!!! YAY a seemingly happy ending. Followed by the 'Wicked - Finale'
The musical is just simply amazing and each character has its own individual quirks that are brilliant.
*** Cast ***
In my ideal world s would have loved to have seen Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kirsten Chenowerth as Galinda, but that was never going to happen as both retired meny years ago.I saw Dianna Pilkington as Galinda who had played some huge roles beforehand like Belle in Beauty and The Beast and Grizabelle in Cats. She had the most annoying voice ever when she spoke but it just added to the comedy of the character and I do believe that her rendition of Popular greatly rivalled Chenowerth's. As ELphaba I was lucky enough to see Alexia Khadime who I had seen a few years previous as Nala in the Lion King. For me she was Elphaba and was so much better than Idina Menzel with a beautiful voice and her version of The Wizard and I was brilliant.
Tickets cost between £15 - £60 and some can be brought for even cheaper on sites like lastmintue.com
ONE TO WATCH!!!
(The songs are in ' ' )
More reviews in the field of Theatre / Musical National
- OH WHAT A NIGHT
- Big Kids Circus 2010 Show
- The funniest play in the West End
- We will definitely rock you
- You certainly will be rocked!
- The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre
- What You Want
- Gloomy, deep, intense and impressive!
- A wonderful production of the Gruffalo's Child
- sexy,sassy, scantily clad songs!!