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I hope it stays 'For Good'
Wicked The Musical
Member Name: jrh2
Wicked The Musical
Advantages: brilliant storylines and songs
I went to see Wicked for my Birthday last year and it has been my favorite musical ever since. I only decided I wanted to go after hearing four of the songs on the 'You Can't Stop the Beat' CD which has music from all musicals, stage and screen. I particularly liked 'Popular' and 'Defying Gravity' and was intrigued to know what the show was about, though to be honest, i'd already decided I wanted to see it just from the songs.
Wicked is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire and was written in 1995. I have never read this book but I may consider reading it one day.
Wicked is about two students who meet at Shiz University and a surprising friendship. The girls are called Glinda and Elphaba. Glinda is the popular student, she has a bubbly and excitable personality and is typically blonde whilst Elphaba is misunderstood and bullied because of her different skin colour (which is green). They are known as Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
The musical starts at the end, if that makes sense, and Glinda (the good witch) makes an announcement that the Wicked Witch of the West is finally dead. What they have been waiting for all these years but she surprises the crowds by accidently mentioning there friendship.
The story then goes back to the start of the friendship at Shiz University. Elphaba joins Shiz to take care of her sister Nessarose who is a wheelchair user. She reluctantly ends up sharing a room Glinda, her worst nightmare. During the song 'What is This Feeling' both Glinda and Elphaba express their loathing for each other through letters to their families.
Whilst at class Elphaba learns that all the animals are losing the power to speak and she decides the Wizard is the only one who can help. Glinda and the rest of the class attend a party at the Ozdust Ballroom and a friendship starts to emerge between Elphaba and Glinda.
After the pair got to know each other better Glinda offers Elphaba a makeover to make her 'Popular' and they then begin there journey to the Emerald City where they hope to find the Wizard of Oz.
The musical has 19 songs throughout. I love most of these songs but the best ones in my opinion are 'The Wizard and I', 'Popular', 'For Good', 'As Long as Your Mine', 'One Short Day' and the best 'Defying Gravity'. The songs are a mixture of upbeat songs and slower songs but all of them are sang amazingly by the cast.
The stage has fantastic backgrounds, a lot of which are very green. At the start there is a huge clocks face which looks great and then some outdoor scenes where Dorothy's house crashed. In the Emerald City everything but Elphaba and Glinda is green.
The costumes look brilliant and really help to tell the story. Glinda's blue dress looks beautiful as all the Swarovski crystals sparkle in the spotlight whilst Elphabas costume during 'Defying Gravity' flows perfectly and adds to the power of the song.
Wicked is currently showing in London's Apollo Victoria Theatre and will be touring around the UK from November (starting in Manchester). The show has been open since 2006 (UK) and has been seen by over five million people in the West End alone. It has won many awards and I hope it will continue to be shown for years to come.
I think this is by far the best musical I have seen and I am desperate to go and see it again. This is a must see for everyone.
Summary: must see musical