Wicked The Musical – A Review
As a part of my university’s Musical Theatre Society, I attended a trip to London to go and watch the world famous production of Wicked. As this was my second time watching the show, in all honesty I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it as much second time around. I was incredibly wrong; it was even better than before. There were probably a few things that helped contribute to the experience, but I was left astounded once again by this incredible show.
With such a well known show, and ticket prices for Wicked ranged from as little as £17.50, to a whopping £125, I imagined our seats would be fairly poor. With my previous seats being the back of the dress circle, I was expecting something similar. No, no; seated in the stalls only a few rows from the front, the seats were so good I could see the casts facial expressions! And as a musical theatre student, that was very exciting! With a packed audience the atmosphere in the theatre was amazing, only heightening the experience further. As the show hit the interval, out I went into the foyer of the theatre to take a look at the merchandise. Ten minutes and £15 later, I returned to my seat with goodies, such as my Wicked programme and my official Wicked travel cup, I prepared myself for the second half.
Alongside seeing the facial expressions of the performers, I was able to see the details that went into making the set. With little green flourishes, the set on stage looked amazing. And I was surprised to see that the green was no where near as over-powering as I thought it would be, it was balanced out by a great deal of brown tones. Scenic designer, Eugene Lee, made brilliant use of levels; we saw staircases at the sides of the stage, and bridge that lowered from the ceiling. There was even a bubble-like contraption on which Glinda floated down on. And we can’t ignore the giant dragon at the head of the stage, to see it move during the performance of Defying Gravity was spectacular. It didn’t distract you throughout the rest of show either, not that there was anytime to take your eyes off the stage!
It wasn’t just great seats and a great atmosphere that made it a brilliant show. The cast were an incredibly talented bunch, with Emma Hatton playing Elphaba, and Savannah Stevenson as Glinda. Their vocal skills blew me away, Emma’s rendition of Defying Gravity, gave me goosebumps, and combined with the soprano goddess that is Savannah I was on the edge of my seat. Fiyero, played by Oliver Savile, captured the hearts of the audience, and his duet with Elphaba was definitely tear-jerking. And with the ever so talented Mark Curry playing the infamous Wizard of Oz, I couldn’t decide if I should boo or clap at the end of the show, his acting skills were tremendous, topping off my experience of the day.
If you have yet to watch Wicked, I suggest you take a listen to brilliant soundtrack and maybe plan a visit? It’s a show I would watch over and over again, and if you’re into the stereotypical cheesy musicals this is definitely one you’ll love, if you don’t already! With great music, and such a talented cast, it tells a different backstory to The Wizard of Oz, and sheds a new light on the original characters. Giving the Wicked Witch a slightly happier ending, it’s a child-friendly show that even adults will love. Overall it was truly a magnificent performance, with great efforts made from all the cast, dare I say, it was…Wicked.