Wicked, Oh Wicked! Absolutely, magnificently mind-blowing! It deserves all the praise it has gotten and more. It is by far the best thing I have seen in the West End, scratch that, the best thing I’ve seen full stop.
If you’re like me, and you like yourself a bit of Oz then this is the musical for you. And, even if you’ve never heard of the wizard of Oz before, I guarantee you’ll still love this musical.
The Victoria theatre is massive. Right from the first step into the theatre room you can tell it will be an epic spectacular. There’s a massive dragon head at the top of the stage and the security curtain is a map of Oz that lights up around the Emerald City. It all builds the excitement and you hope to not be disappointed. And boy, you won’t be. In most of the Oz movies out there, Elphaba is usually the unlikeable witch, and Glinda is the fabulous lovely witch. In this musical however, you instantly love both of them for very different reasons. Glinda is the posh, stuck-up, cutesy popular girl at school and Elphaba is the weird, odd-one-one new girl. Yet, both girls find a way to your heart. You feel for Elphaba because she struggles but pretends not to care. Glinda is likeable because even though she is super obnoxious she is adorable enough to let it slide that she is shallow.
The stage is magnificent, the changes in scenery, the overall colourfulness of the whole production just simply makes you happy. I would go see this again any time of the week. The singing is absolutely outstanding, breathtaking almost. Emma Hatton as Elphaba is the most stunning. Her voice completely takes up the entire Apollo Theatre. And nothing boosts your spirits like a rendition of ‘Defying Gravity’, just the lyrics is every life mantra you ever need.
Something has changed within me.
Something is not the same.
I’m through with playing by the rules
of someone else’s game.
Too late for second-guessing,
too late to go back to sleep.
It’s time to trust my instincts,
close my eyes and leap.
It’s time to try defying gravity.
Kiss me goodbye, I’m defying gravity.
and you won’t bring me down.
I’m through accepting limits
‘cause someone says they’re so.
Some things I cannot change
but till I try I’ll never know.
Too long I’ve been afraid of
losing love I guess I’ve lost.
Well if that’s love,
it comes at much too high a cost.
The entire story builds a prequel to the Wizard of Oz as we all know and love, and even references Dorothy towards the end. It’s a story of twists and turns, of friendship and love, and mostly about sacrificing for love.