Wicked: The Musical ★★★★★

Wicked: The Musical
Apollo Victoria Theatre, London

Director: Joe Mantello
Cast: Laura Pick, Helen Woolf, Alistair Brammer, Kim Ismay, Andy Hockley, Natasha Ferguson, Simeon Truby, George Ure

Wicked: The Musical

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. 

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s 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 in 1900. Maguire’s novel was turned into a Broadway musical show in 2003 and went on to win three Tony awards and a Grammy award. Idina Menzel played the role as Elphaba in the original run.

The musical came to London’s West End in 2006 and has been at the Apollo Victoria Theatre ever since.

I didn’t know any of the above before I took my seat in the audience. All I knew prior to heading in was that it was about the Wicked Witch of the West, Oz and the song ‘Defying Gravity’. Not much, to say the least!

Over two-and-a-half hours later and I walk out of the theatre, thoroughly impressed and wanting to see it again. From the very first song ‘No one mourns the Wicked’, I was lost in the array of wonderfully performed musical numbers, well-developed characters, funny tête-à-têtes, touching moments and an engrossing storyline.

Pick (a stand in for Nikki Bentley) and Woolf performed the roles of Elphaba and Glinda magnificently well. Both them sang their songs faultlessly and the pair’s head to heads and bickering provided much of the comic relief. I really enjoyed watching these two in particular (everyone was fantastic too!) as everything they did was exceptional and effortless. Of course ‘Defying Gravity’ was the stand out song and so it should be – Pick sung it perfectly – but another that really stood out to me was ‘The Wizard and I’, a really upbeat and well performed song. One more than I enjoyed was ‘Dancing Through Life’, which was complete with a wonderfully choreographed dance sequence.

I can’t find fault with any part of the musical, and I can’t wait to see it again along with some other big musical shows in London!

Wicked is well acted, full of great songs and there’s a good story that holds up for the entire duration. Get yourself to London (or Broadway) to see this amazing musical.

The Humpo Show | Richard

One thought on “Wicked: The Musical ★★★★★

  1. I first saw Wicked on Broadway August 2006- I was 12 and it was a date with my mom. After that, my life was changed for good. Wicked sparked my love for musical. That visit with Wicked was not my last- I had seen Wicked three times on tour since that date: the musical gets better and better and each time you discover something new. In Wicked, I am the most emotionally attached to Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero- each time I see the show, what I pay the most attention to are the friendship and love triangle making me keep on overlooking everything else.

    Wicked really means a lot. I am a musical theatre fanatic from the United States

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