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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Asquith

Wicked the Musical Review!

Theatre: Apollo Victoria, London

Book: Winnie Holzman

Director: Joe Mantello

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire‘s acclaimed 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1900.


Wicked tells the incredible story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women: The blonde and very popular Glinda…and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.


Following an encounter with the wonderful wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths…Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by powerWhile Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences on her future.


Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda the Good, and the Wicked Witch of the West.



Review


‘What is this feeling?’ Total, utter amazement - That is what it is! Firstly, do I recommend Wicked? I sure do!!! It is truly ‘Wonderful’. I am certain the Apollo Victoria Theatre and the cast of this outstanding performance will welcome you with open arms.


Normally I know what I want to write in a review, but since seeing Wicked I have been trying to work out the right words to say. Quite honestly from the foyer, set and entire show I am still stunned at how beautiful and detailed everything was.

Every single voice we experienced during the dialogue and lyrics absolutely defies gravity! ... Ok ok, so I know the song is ‘Defying Gravity’ but I just had to get as many song titles in this review as possible... hopefully for your amusement.


I would love to take my eldest, who is currently eight years old to see this performance, as this blast of beautiful-ness and lessons of kindness and acceptance is something people of most ages could learn from. The only reason I have not taken her yet, is because it is a little long for her to sit through. Fingers crossed Wicked is still as ‘Popular’ and is playing in theatres for years to come.



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