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Wicked the Hit Musical
Wicked The Musical
Author Name: Rose
Wicked The Musical
Advantages: Amazing Cast
Disadvantages: Complicated Story Line
From the moment you approach the Theatre with its sparkling entrance and the green glow of the foyer, you already know that the show has begun. Fortunately the magic doesn't seem to end when you leave your seats because the music follows you out, dancing in your ears.
As you take to your seat, an enormous mechanical dragon above the stage catches your eye. Then when the lights dim and the show begins, the dragon starts to move and roar, as the emerald green map ascend revealing the magnificent stage. A dramatic entrance is given by the menacing flying monkeys to open the show.
Most of the time the stage uses a few main props, and the rest of the stage is in darkness, so the characters are in the spotlight. The stage sets, throughout the whole show are dazzling, enticing and incredibly realistic. At the same time they are subtle enough not to create a distraction from the main story line and the characters. The stage sets paint an imaginative and clear picture of the scene. The scenic designer (Eugene Lee) has created the perfect balance for a theatre show like Wicked, and created a magical theme and atmosphere on the stage.
The characters Elphaba -Wicked Witch of the West- and Glinda -Good Witch-have been cast extremely well. Elphaba starts out as the green-skinned, decent-hearted outsider who has wickedness thrown upon her. Despite this only being mere assumed conclusions decided by the people, this is the reputation she is given. Alexia Khadime plays the character perfectly. She gives her the drawn back shyness at first, then as Elphaba becomes overwhelmed by the powers she has, she creates an innocent, accidental wickedness.
Her costumes assist the 'Wicked' stamp on Elphaba. The costumes are dark purples and blacks, creating a gloomy feel about her. All of her dresses have a torn affect on them, to create the impression of an evil witch.
Glinda, in contrast, is a vain, confident and over ambitious blonde who obtains a 'good' characteristic from her supporters, however Glinda is not quite as pure as you may think. Dianne Pilkington plays a slightly big headed Glinda, with an extremely girly and flouncy way about her. At the same time Dianne avoids creating an annoying character - something past actors cast as Glinda, mislead the character Glinda to be. Towards the end of the musical, Dianne changes her character to a vaguely more mature Glinda, when she becomes the 'Good Witch'.
Glinda's costumes are very fairy like, and use subtle colours such as pinks, light blues etc. These colours seem to go with her blonde hair and pale complexion, to paint the perfect Good Witch. Glinda wears delicate tiaras and necklaces, to enhance her purity and elegance. The dresses are patterned with glistening sequins and beads to add to the detail.
Throughout the show there are a series of spectacular songs, almost one for every scene. These musical numbers are all equally amazing. The two main actors Alexia and Dianne both have spectacular voices; this really shines through in one of Glinda's main songs 'Popular'. During this song, her vocals are really put to the test, and she manages to sing the song note perfect, whilst also keeping in character. In this song there isn't always backing music, so all ears are on her voice alone. Despite putting her voice directly in the spotlight, Dianne seems to pull it off perfectly.
Alexia, just before the interval sings her remarkably amazing song 'Defying Gravity'. This song is probably the hardest and most important musical number in the whole show. The finale of this song - the song is split into two halves- is sung mainly by Alexia, on her own. The way that she sings this difficult, but tremendous song, is truly mind blowing. Her voice fills the whole theatre, and it is the main song that sticks in your head, through to the end of the show. I think that Alexia, suits the role so well, during this performance, because her voice so strong, yet so perfect.
In the songs, which are group performances, such as 'Thank Goodness sung by the characters, Glinda, Morrible and the Citizens of Oz, there is still the same level of quality in the performance, as there was from Dianne and Alexia alone. The group musical numbers in the show are usually very dramatic and exciting, and building up to a bigger scene. This makes the show so interesting.
The Orchestra are amazing right the way through the show, producing beautiful music that creates and sets the ambience for the song. Stephen Schwartz has created some amazing music and lyrics; with this show you really notice the lyrics. The lyrics are so perfectly moulded to suit the scene, and are easy to follow. As well as this the singers have such clear voices you can actually here each and every word very clearly.
Wicked tells the amazing untold story of the the friendship between two girls who first meet as Sorcery Students, at Shiz University : the blonde popular girl, Glinda, and the drawn back 'unnaturally green' girl Elphaba.
After meeting The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their frienship reaces a dilema and the two part ways. Glinda's persisten longing for popularity sees her won over by power as Glinda the Good, while Elphaba's determination to fight to fight for what she believes in leads her into dangerous and unforseen circumstances. Their adventures in Oz in the end watch them both realise the lives that they are destined for, and see them both become almost opposites as Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of The West. Wicked asks the question : Do we jsut see what we want to see and not who someone really is?
Wicked explores this adventure using humour, happiness and sincerity, wich makes it so astonishing to watch. I think the highlight for me is when Elphaba performs 'Defying Gravity'; this is because Alexia has such an astounding voice, and it almost made me shiver with admiration, and belief. The weak point for me was that the story line is slightly complicated to follow, so it means you have to piece together what is going on. Maybe this is the mystery in it though? Despite this, Wicked is a totally brilliant musical, and I would most definitely reccomend it!
Summary: This is a must see musicl - if you haven't already seen it .... do!