Wicked tells the other side of the Wizard of Oz story: that of the power-obsessed witches. The beautiful Galinda and misunderstood, green-skinned Elphaba. They begin as best friends at university, and after adventures and misfortunes in Oz, become Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West, but not quite how we remember them.
The subversive plot is supplemented by the music, songs include the opening piece ‘No one Mourns the Wicked’ and ‘Defying Gravity’. The lyrics are witty at times, but most impressive are the power ballad duets between Glinda and Elphaba. These are musically striking, but also build on the rivalry/friendship of the pair.
The visual spectacular of the show is magical. The lighting and colour of the stage make a significant impression. The costumes are glorious, and some actors are painted green from head to toe, creating a decidedly ‘witchy’ feel.
Wicked is clever- it’s the story of two witches, one of whom gets the prince- whilst simultaneously explores the greater themes of power, freedom and responsibility. This is why Wicked is perfect for all the family- there’s plenty for the children to enjoy, but there’s enough ‘oomph’ for the adults too.
Don’t come along expecting a reprise of the gleeful Wizard of Oz – This show is far away from its original source material. However, this tale of witches is one that can’t be missed: get your tickets now.
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