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Wicked - Positively magical!
Wicked The Musical
Member Name: martinjones22
Wicked The Musical
Advantages: Great songs, good story, superbly acted, great scenery
Me and my girlfriend watched Wicked in London's Apollo Victoria Theatre at the beginning of April 2010 as part of a hotel/theatre package on Superbreak (that was very reasonably priced, by the way!).
The show is loosely based on the book by Gregory Maguire entitled 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' and tells the story of Elphaba (who would go on to become the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (who would later go on to become the Good Witch of the North). The story chronicles their budding friendship, conflicts, and the backdrop to Elphaba's fall from grace and how she became the Wicked Witch of the West.
The first thing to note is that Wicked relies a lot on the famous story the Wizard of Oz, and anyone going to see Wicked should at least be familiar with the Wizard of Oz, as it would allow them to understand the relevance and importance of large parts of the story. Wicked is full of story elements that overlap and link with the Wizard of Oz. Even if you are familiar with the story, if you are going to watch Wicked then it couldnt hurt you to watch the Wizard of Oz again for a bit of a catchup!
I must admit I have never been someone who is massively into musicals, however I was absolutely blown away by Wicked. The seats from Superbreak were fantastic, right in the middle and only 7 rows from the front!
The show itself was fantastic! From the outset the stage is filled with lively, colourful, loud actors and actresses who's dancing and singing will grab and hold your attention all of the way through the show!
The show that we went to see featured Dianne Pilkington as Galinda and Alexia Khadime as Elphaba, and both were absolutely superb in the role. Pilkington instilled comedy and a special, unique charisma into a character that can be surprisingly difficult to like at the start of the show, while Khadime is absolutely brilliant as Elphaba!
A criticism of the show has been that there are no catchy tunes (such as You've got to pick a pocket or two from Oliver!) that you will be singing once you leave the theatre, however i did not find that at all! The songs 'Popular' and 'Defying Gravity' are catchy, superb numbers that will have you tapping your feet long after the show has finished!
Without giving anything away about the plot, the musical deals well with both the positive and negative moments of the story and ensures that the audience becomes emotionally involved with the show and its characters, and subsequently the audience will feel the sadness of the downs and the delight of the up's! Be assured though, this is a resoundingly positive story, full of laughs, great songs, and a strong storyline to back it up!
This show would be fantastic for small children, families, and couples such as ourselves! Wicked is surely one of the most charismatic, joy filled shows of the modern age and deserves its rave reviews! An absolute must see, and you will definitely leave spellbound by the magic of Wicked!
Summary: An absolutely spellbinding way to spend an evening!
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